‘I was happy Alexander Zverev lost the US Open final to Dominic Thiem,’ says Tim Henman

Tim Henman has admitted he was ‘very pleased’ that Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev in the US Open final – because he deserves it more. 

Thiem came back from two sets down to overcome Zverev in a quite brilliant contest at Flushing Meadows despite looking for long periods like he was going to sink to a fourth Grand Slam final defeat.

Henman, though, believes the more deserving player won, and he’s surprised Zverev went so close with the weaknesses that existed in his game at that time.

“I think Zverev – given the challenges in his tennis game, he’s had a very unreliable second serve… I was very pleased that Thiem won that [US Open final], and that’s nothing against Zverev,” Henman told Metro.

“I sort of felt it would have been amazing to win a Grand Slam with a second serve that has proved to be so unreliable.

“But Thiem that was his fourth Slam final having been in a couple of French Opens and the Australian Open final and he’s won Masters 1000 titles on hard courts so I feel his continuous improvement really warranted that win.

“I was commentating for Prime Video on that final and it was just such an unbelievable final.

“You just never knew what to expect but it was an amazing effort at the end.”

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