2020 US Open – Men's Singles

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Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam, defeating Alexander Zverev in the final, 2–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(8–6) to capture the Men's Singles tennis title at the 2020 US Open.[1] He became the first player in the Open Era to win from two sets down in a US Open final, the first male player to win from two sets down at the US Open since Pancho Gonzales came back to defeat Ted Schroeder in 1949 and the first at any major event since Gastón Gaudio defeated Guillermo Coria in the 2004 French Open final.[2][3] Both players served for the championship in the final set (Zverev at 5–3 and Thiem at 6–5), but both were broken at 30.

This was the first time in history that the US Open final was decided by a fifth set tie-break, 50 years after it was introduced in 1970.[4] Thiem's victory made him the first Austrian player to win a Grand Slam singles title since Thomas Muster at the 1995 French Open, the first male player born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam singles title and the first new Grand Slam tournament singles champion since Marin Čilić won the 2014 tournament.[4] The gap between Čilić and Thiem's titles was the longest between two new Grand Slam singles champions in the history of men's tennis, surpassing the previous longest gap between Juan Martín del Potro and Andy Murray respectively at the 2009 and 2012 editions of the US Open. Coincidentally, all four players would win their respective titles at the same major. This was also the first time in history that four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals were decided in the fifth set.

Despite his loss, Zverev became the youngest male finalist at a major championship since Novak Djokovic at the 2010 US Open.[4]

Rafael Nadal was the defending champion, but chose not to participate due to safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the short amount of time between the US Open and the rescheduled European clay season.[5][6][7] This marked the first time since the 1999 US Open that both Nadal and Roger Federer were absent from a Grand Slam tournament.[8]

There were no qualifiers this year. The ATP rankings valid on August 3 (being the rankings from March 16) were used to determine the main-draw entry list.

World No. 1 Djokovic was disqualified from the tournament during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreño Busta. After being broken to trail 6–5 in the first set, Djokovic hit a ball towards the baseline before the commencement of the following game. This ball accidentally hit a lineswoman in the throat, causing her to choke, cough and fall to the ground.[9] Djokovic's unbeaten 26–0 2020 season, as well as his 29-match winning streak (extending back to the 2019 Davis Cup Finals), ended as a result. This confirmed that someone born after the 1980s would win a men's singles Grand Slam tournament and Djokovic became the first player to be defaulted from such a tournament since Stefan Koubek at the 2000 French Open.[10] Koubek threw his racket and hit a ballboy during his second-round match against Attila Sávolt, following three previous warnings for coaching and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Djokovic's ejection from the tournament ensured there would be a guaranteed first-time Grand Slam finalist in the top half of the draw. His disqualification also meant this would be the first Grand Slam tournament since the 2004 French Open to not feature either Djokovic, Federer or Nadal in the semifinals, the first tournament since the 2003 Wimbledon Championships in which none of the quarterfinalists had previously won a Grand Slam tournament and the first Grand Slam men's singles tournament not to have been won by Djokovic, Federer or Nadal since Stan Wawrinka defeated Djokovic in the 2016 US Open final.[11] This also guaranteed a maiden Grand Slam champion in men's singles for the first time since the 2014 tournament, when Čilić defeated fellow first-time finalist Kei Nishikori in straight sets. Additionally, it meant this would be the first Grand Slam won by someone under the age of 30 since the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.[12]

Players[edit source | edit]

Seeded players[edit source | edit]

Template:SeedsSerbia Novak Djokovic (Fourth round, defaulted)

Template:SeedsTemplate:Country data AUT Dominic Thiem (Champion) Template:SeedsRussia Daniil Medvedev (Semifinals) Template:SeedsGreece Stefanos Tsitsipas (Third round) Template:SeedsGermany Alexander Zverev (Final) Template:SeedsItaly Matteo Berrettini (Fourth round) Template:SeedsTemplate:Country data BEL David Goffin (Fourth round) Template:SeedsSpain Roberto Bautista Agut (Third round) Template:SeedsArgentina Diego Schwartzman (First round) Template:SeedsRussia Andrey Rublev (Quarterfinals) Template:SeedsRussia Karen Khachanov (Third round) Template:SeedsCanada Denis Shapovalov (Quarterfinals) Template:SeedsTemplate:Country data CHI Cristian Garín (Second round) Template:SeedsTemplate:Country data BUL Grigor Dimitrov (Second round) Template:SeedsCanada Félix Auger-Aliassime (Fourth round) Template:SeedsUnited States John Isner (First round)

Template:SeedsFrance Benoît Paire (Withdrew due to positive COVID-19 test) Template:SeedsSerbia Dušan Lajović (First round) Template:SeedsUnited States Taylor Fritz (Third round) Template:SeedsSpain Pablo Carreño Busta (Semifinals) Template:SeedsTemplate:Country data AUS Alex de Minaur (Quarterfinals) Template:SeedsGeorgia (country) Nikoloz Basilashvili (First round) Template:SeedsUnited Kingdom Dan Evans (Second round) Template:SeedsPoland Hubert Hurkacz (Second round) Template:SeedsCanada Milos Raonic (Second round) Template:SeedsSerbia Filip Krajinović (Third round) Template:SeedsCroatia Borna Ćorić (Quarterfinals) Template:SeedsGermany Jan-Lennard Struff (Third round) Template:SeedsArgentina Guido Pella (First round) Template:SeedsNorway Casper Ruud (Third round) Template:SeedsCroatia Marin Čilić (Third round)

Template:SeedsFrance Adrian Mannarino (Third round)

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Withdrawals and replacements[edit source | edit]

Draw[edit source | edit]

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Finals[edit source | edit]

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Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Would have been seeded, but withdrew from the tournament.
  2. Marcel Granollers had initially replaced Paire, but later withdrew in order to focus on his men's doubles match.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "US Open 2020: Dominic Thiem fights back to beat Alexander Zverev". BBC Sport. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. Fendrich, Howard (13 September 2020). "Thiem 1st since 1949 to win US Open after ceding 1st 2 sets". Associated Press. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  3. "Dominic Thiem wins US Open final on tiebreak against Alexander Zverev after five-set thriller". Guardian. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Thiem Outlasts Zverev In Historic US Open Final". ATP Tour.
  5. "Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev to win US Open men's final – as it happened". Guardian. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  6. "Rafael Nadal bows out of U.S. Open, citing travel concerns amid pandemic". Washington Post.
  7. "Rafael Nadal explains US Open decision, admitting: 'Going from hardcourt to clay would be dangerous for me'". Tennishead. August 11, 2020. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  8. "Federer Announces Right Knee Procedure, To Return In 2021". ATP Tour. ATP Tour. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  9. "US Open 2020: Novak Djokovic defaulted after hitting ball at line judge". BBC. BBC sports. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  10. "US Open: Dominic Thiem beats Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach quarter-finals". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  11. List of Open Era Grand Slam men's singles finals
  12. Culpepper, Chuck. "With no household names left, the U.S. Open men's quarterfinals will feature some great unknowns". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  13. "Rafael Nadal bows out of U.S. Open, citing travel concerns amid pandemic". Washington Post.
  14. "Federer Announces Right Knee Procedure, To Return In 2021". ATP Tour. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  15. "US Open rocked by more big-name player withdrawals". Yahoo Sport Australia.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "2020 US Open player withdrawal information". usopen.org. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  17. "Rafa Nadal pulls out of the US Open". As.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Rafa Nadal pulls out of the US Open". As.
  19. "Lucas Pouille no participará en el US Open". As (in Spanish).
  20. "Pierre-Hugues Herbert will skip the US Open. Here is why..." Tennis World.
  21. "'Hurts me to my core': Kyrgios withdraws from US Open, swipes 'selfish' Novak". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 August 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  22. "Provisional suspension imposed on Nicolas Jarry". itftennis.com. ITF. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  23. "US Open removes Benoit Paire from Grand Slam field after positive test for COVID-19". wwwos.nine.com.au.

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