Zverev rallies to reach US Open final in five sets

New York: Alexander Zverev rallied to reach his first grand slam final, beating Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at the US Open.

The No.5 seed completed his first career comeback from two sets down and the first in the US Open semi-finals since Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in 2011.

Alexander Zverev is into the men’s final of the US Open.Credit:AP

Zverev is trying to become Germany's first grand slam champion since Boris Becker at the 1996 Australian Open. He will face either No.2 seed Dominic Thiem or No.3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up.

Carreno Busta, the No.20 seed, lost in the US Open semi-finals for the second time in four years.

Carreno Busta appeared on his way to winning in a rout, taking the first two sets 6-3, 6-2. But the fifth-seeded Zverev bounced back to take the next two 6-3, 6-4.

Carreno Busta received medical treatment after the fourth set.

This year presented a great opportunity for young players. Neither Roger Federer nor defending champion Rafael Nadal is in New York, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Carreno Busta for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball while walking to the sideline after dropping a game.

Zverev is in his second straight major semifinal after getting there at the Australian Open.

Meanwhile, Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund won the US Open women's doubles title in their first tournament together, beating the third-seeded duo of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4.

Zvonareva, a Russian who turned 36 this week, added this title to the 2006 U.S. Open title she won with Nathalie Dechy. She also was the runner-up in singles at Flushing Meadows in 2010, falling to Kim Clijsters.

But she began playing less after giving birth to daughter Evelina in 2016.

Xu and Melichar finished second for the second straight tournament in New York. \

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