“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,” Zverev said after loosing the US Open final.
The second seeded Thiem beat the fifth seed Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) in 4hr 2min.
It was the first time in the US Open’s Open era history that a player had recovered from losing the opening two sets to win the title.It was also the first time the final had been settled by a tie-break.
Zverev said it hurt to lose in the manner he did.”Obviously being two sets to love and a break up in a Grand Slam final then losing is not easy,” he told reporters.
Zverev’s debut appearance in the last-two of a tennis major came after he reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year.
Zverev said the rawness of the Flushing Meadows defeat meant it was too soon to say whether he had taken any positives from going a step further.
“That question is probably two, three days too early to ask right now,” he said.But the German, who came into the tournament ranked seventh in the world, added that he was sure he would capture a tennis major in the future