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Novak Djokovic congratulates Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev after epic US Open final

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Novak Djokovic has congratulated Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev after their epic battle in the US Open final.

Austrian second seed Thiem fought back from two sets down to defeat Germany’s Zverev and win his first Grand Slam title on Sunday.

Thiem made a shocking start to the final but recovered superbly to win 2-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6) in New York. The 27-year-old is the first man born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam singles title.

World number one Djokovic looked on course for a fourth US Open title but was disqualified during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta after accidentally hitting a line official with the ball.

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Thiem, meanwhile, speaking after lifting the US Open title, said: ‘I achieved a life goal, a dream of myself, which I had for many, many years.

‘I dedicated basically my whole life until this point to win one of the four majors. Now I did it. That’s also for myself a great accomplishment.

‘I mean, it’s by far not only myself, it’s an accomplishment from all my team, from all my family. I guess also today is the day where I gave back a huge amount of what they did for me.’

Zverev, meanwhile, insisted he still believes he will win a Grand Slam despite the disappointing nature of his defeat in New York.

I was super close to being a Grand Slam champion. I was a few games away, maybe a few points away,’ he said.

‘What upset me the most is not the third set, it’s the fifth set. I had a lot of chances in the fifth set and didn’t use them.

‘I’m 23 years old. I don’t think it’s my last chance. I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point.’

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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