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Alexander Zverev beats Pablo Carreño Busta in US Open semi-final – as it happened

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That’s all from me tonight. Now please follow Bryan Armen Graham’s report for Daniil Medvedev vs Dominic Thiem, which will almost certainly be much more than this first match. Thanks very much for following along.

Erik Gudris
(@ATNtennis)

Alexander Zverev acknowledges crowd of maybe 20 people as he celebrates reaching the US Open men’s singles final 36 26 63 64 63 over Pablo Carreno Busta.

“I’m through to my first Grand Slam final. That’s all that matters,” Zverev tells ESPN’s Brad Gilbert after the match.

September 11, 2020

David Law
(@DavidLawTennis)

Fair play to Alexander Zverev.

Two of the worst sets of tennis I’ve ever seen to go 0-2 down, but he persevered and worked his way back to win from that position for the first time in his career.

Into the #USOpen final vs. either Dominic Thiem or Daniil Medvedev.

September 11, 2020

Juan José Vallejo
(@jjvallejoa)

Guys who win 3 Masters 1000s usually end up making Slam finals and maybe winning Slams. Zverev took the scenic route here, but he’s only 23 and the talent is definitely there.

September 11, 2020

Alexander Zverev:


“I was actually looking at my scoreboard when I was down two sets to love. I was like, I can’t believe it. I’m playing in the semi-final, I’m supposed to be the favourite and I’m down two sets to love, I’m playing that bad. I knew that I had to come up with better tennis and I knew that I had to be more stable.”

Alexander Zverev recovers from two sets down to beat Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3.

After a horrendous start, an excellent recovery from Zverev to reach his first slam final. He slipped into an excellent service rhythm and slowly ground Carreno Busta down from the baseline. Neither of his last two matches have been good, but he has shown that he is prepared to grind til the end. Impressive.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 *3-5 Alexander Zverev. Zverev is just destroying second serves now. He finished this service game with a 132 second serve, then a 136 service winner. He stands one game away from his first slam final.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 3-4* Alexander Zverev. Carreno Busta continues to ask the right questions since he opened the set by dropping serve. This time he held to love, secured with an excellent backhand down the line which elicited a forehand error from Zverev.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 *2-4 Alexander Zverev. Another easy hold for Zverev. A great representation of his confidence right now: he threw down a huge 130mph second serve on game point, swatting home an easy forehand after the return barely dribbled over. It will takee a drastic loss of focus for Zverev to come under threat on serve again. He is serving incredibly well.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 2-3* Alexander Zverev. Carreno Busta breezes through a hold to 15, closed off with some accurate serving on his own. He is making it clear that he intends to be present if there is any wobble from Zverev. We’ll see.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 *1-3 Alexander Zverev. Zverev keeps himself ahead with ease, sealing a quick love hold with a sliding ace down the T. So far, there don’t appear to be too many nerves there.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 0-1* Alexander Zverev. Carreno Busta keeps himself alive with some gutsy play under pressure. At 30-30, he swept into the net behind a crosscourt forehand, eventually finishing with a couple of volleys. On game point, he nailed a lovely backhand down-the-line. At the very least, Zverev will have to keep his serving level up.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 *0-2 Alexander Zverev. It took a couple of game points, but Zverev comes through a tough, bruising hold to consolidate his break and move up 2-0 in the fifth. We’ll see if he swings a little freer with some distance between himself and Carreno Busta.

Fifth set: Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 0-1* Alexander Zverev. What a miserable start to the final set from Carreno Busta. He sprayed a forehand wide, then he attempted a terrible forehand drop shot that fell into the net for 0-30. At 15-40, he eventually dumped a sad forehand into the net. Zverev is in the lead for the first time today.

Carreno Busta is now taking a medical timeout. The issue seems to be his left hip.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-6 Alexander Zverev. We’re off to a fifth set! From a 15-30 deficit, Zverev finds three huge serves to turn it around. A great effort from Zverev after beginning the match with two horrendous sets of tennis. He will start the final set with the momentum.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-5* Alexander Zverev. Carreno Busta recovers from triple set point down to hold serve. After some good serving from the Spaniard on the first two, Zverev dumped a second serve backhand return into the net on the third. Carreno escaped with some great tennis, including a brilliant dropshot at deuce, after which he hit Zverev from close range at the net. That was a great hold and now the German must serve it out.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 *3-5 Alexander Zverev. This time, Zverev had no problems consolidating the break. He breezed through a hold to love with more huge serving. Carreno Busta will now serve to stay in the set.

Updated

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 3-4* Alexander Zverev. Zverev breaks! Carreno Busta has been barely hanging on for a while and at 15-15 he threw in consecutive routine unforced errors to fall down double break point. Zverev couldn’t take the first opportunity, but on the second he stepped in, moved forward behind a big forehand and buried the overhead. Surely he won’t lose his serve again?

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 *3-3 Alexander Zverev. That was a very good hold of serve from Zverev, who found his first serve and breezed through to 15. The pressure immediately returns to the shoulders of the Spaniard.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 3-2* Alexander Zverev. An extremely good hold of serve for the Spaniard with some excellent clutch serving. At 30-30, he found a huge unreturned serve down the T. When he failed to take the game point, he did exactly the same at deuce. On his second game point, found a third brilliant unreturned serve to hold.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 *2-2 Alexander Zverev. Please forget the final sentence of the previous update. Just as Zverev had a chance to put some distance between the two and begin his march towards a fifth set, he threw in a slew of unforced errors, concluding with a double fault at 0-30 and then a backhand error at 0-40. Back on serve.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 1-2* Alexander Zverev. Zverev breaks! Carreno Busta is beginning to fall apart a little. He is so nervous. After riding his luck and saving the first break point at 30-40, Carreno Busta threw in two unforced errors from deuce to hand over his serve with little fight. As Carreno Busta’s form falls, Zverev is finding much greater length and he looks very comfortable. The match has changed.

Updated

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 *1-1 Alexander Zverev. There are absolutely no nerves on Alexander Zverev’s side of the court right now. He pulls off another love hold, this time with an excellent forehand drive volley winner, and the pressure returns to the shoulders of the Spaniard.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 1-0* Alexander Zverev. Nervy, nervy times for Carreno Busta, who opened the fourth set with a series of errors and immediately had to face break point. At 30-30, he shanked a routine backhand wide to offer up a break point to start the fourth.

However, Carreno Busta responded well. He scuppered the break point with a solid unreturned serve and then he eventually found two consecutive big serves under pressure to hold. Huge.

Alexander Zverev’s third set stats:

Winners – 11

Unforced errors – 3

An email from Nicky


Why is this match not on TV?

I was so looking forward to it…I am really upset.

In case nobody knows, this (and both ATP/WTA tours this year) is being broadcast on Amazon Prime.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 3-6 Alexander Zverev. Alexander Zverev breezes through his fourth love hold in the third set to march into a fourth. Suddenly, this match looks completely different and the early stages of the fourth set will be so important.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 *3-5 Alexander Zverev. After opening with his first double fault of the match, a quick, strong hold to 15 from Carreno Busta. A good recovery. Zverev will have to serve out the set.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 *2-5 Alexander Zverev. This time, Zverev made no mistake on his attempt to consolidate the break. He swept through an easy love hold with enormous serving. This match just got interesting.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 2-4* Alexander Zverev. Carreno Busta is getting tense out here. After falling down 0-30 with a couple of break points, he dragged himself back to 30-30 after a lovely drop shot. At 30-30 Zverev played a brilliant aggressive point, dictating with his backhand and then sweeping into the net. On break point, the Carreno Busta backhand badly broke down, eventually rolling into the net to restore Zverev’s break.

Ben Rothenberg
(@BenRothenberg)

Zverev so far today on his backhand, usually his better wing:

Backhand winners: 2

Backhand unforced errors: 14#USOpen

September 11, 2020

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 *2-3 Alexander Zverev. In the blink of an eye, Zverev’s 3 minutes of quality tennis are over. Zverev immediately became tentative again as he stepped up to the baseline to serve, spraying errors and shanking a particularly poor forehand to fall down 0-40. On the second break point, Zverev shanked another forehand. Back on serve.

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 1-3* Alexander Zverev. All of a sudden, Zverev breaks serve and he is actually playing some quality tennis, moving closer to the baseline and looking to dictate. After a nice forehand down-the-line, he moved to the net and forced an error to lead 0-30. At 0-30, Carreno Busta sent a routine forehand long. Zverev took the break at the second opportunity, sealed with another really nice forehand down-the-line.

This is a start. Let’s see if he can consolidate the break with a hold.

Reem Abulleil
(@ReemAbulleil)

World No.27 Carreno Busta is bidding to become the 2nd-lowest-ranked US Open finalist in ATP rankings history (since 1973). Only 2017 US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson was ranked lower at No.32.

September 11, 2020

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 *1-2 Alexander Zverev. Well, this is different. The two players open with three quick love holds in succession, powered by great serving to open the set. Zverev has now won 12 points in a row on his serve, which is a start.

On Amazon Prime, Daniela Hantuchova just referred to this as a “quite diabolical” performance from Zverev. Even that feels like an understatement.

Alexander Zverev has played a horrible pair of sets today, but it would appear that Boris Becker is putting in a far more embarrassing performance.

Petra Philippsen
(@PPhilippsen)

Boris Becker commentating Zverev’s match for Eurosport Germany, saying: “I have to say, the umpire is extremely pretty. You eat with your eyes.” Any questions? #UsOpen

September 11, 2020

Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3 6-2 *0-1 Alexander Zverev. A rare good service game from Zverev to hold, sealed to love with a 125mph ace down the T. He swung freely there and picked off a couple of nice forehands, we’ll see if this dire score may actually ease some of the pressure and allow him to impose his game on this match.

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