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Alexander Zverev reaches first Grand Slam final after a comeback win at US Open

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It wasn't a classic five-setter, but Alexander Zverev might not mind.

Zverev came from two sets down to beat Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 at the US Open and reach his first Grand Slam final.

The 23-year-old became the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Novak Djokovic, who was the same age in 2010 when he landed in the final in New York.

Djokovic will forever be tied to this year's tournament, having been defaulted -- against Carreño Busta -- in the fourth round when he struck a ball that hit a line judge in the throat.

And if that wasn't enough to make him the favorite, his three biggest Grand Slam rivals -- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka -- all didn't play at the US Open.

Zverev unquestionably benefited, but making a maiden Grand Slam final always seemed like it was a matter of when, not if.

But once he passed that hurdle, he made a Grand Slam quarterfinal and this year Zverev has reached back-to-back Grand Slam semifinals, now going one better at the US Open.

Zverev won't be the favorite but perhaps that will suit him, since he appeared nervy to begin his quarterfinal against Borna Coric and again versus Carreño Busta, who moves well, returns well and does just about everything well.

Carreño Busta didn't need to be much more than solid in the first two sets as Zverev, playing not far from Broadway, appeared to be suffering from stage fright.

But down two sets, he got the serve going and swung more freely while Carreño Busta dipped, particularly in the fourth set, with the finish line in sight.

Zverev only lost seven points behind his first serve in the final three sets and struck 24 aces overall.

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