Thiem gets third shot at Grand Slam crown
Dominic Thiem was full of emotion after beating Alexander Zverev to set up an Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic.
Thiem and Zverev played out a gruelling contest in Melbourne, with the former prevailing 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) after the match was briefly interrupted by rain and a lighting failure.
The Austrian will make his third appearance in a Grand Slam final on Sunday against world number two and seven-time Aussie champion Djokovic.
His two previous appearances in the final of a Grand Slam came on the clay at the French Open, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions.
"To reach the Australian Open final is unreal," said Thiem. "Two tie-breaks, so tough and so close, it was almost impossible to break him."
The world number five has earned four victories over Djokovic in 10 previous meetings, winning the last two encounters at the ATP Finals and the French Open.
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