After four hours of play on Sunday and a comeback from two sets down, Dominic Thiem became the first man born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam singles title—and the first new men's champion since Marin Cilic, in 2014.
The US Open trophy sets Thiem apart from the rest of his generation, making him the preeminent star to still be in his 20s. So after he finished the 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win, Thiem received congratulations from figures throughout tennis.
This included current stars ...
This is what sport is all about. Respect, appreciation and friendship. Thank you ???????? Domi and Sasha for standing strong for your character values and seeing always what matters the most - love & respect for each other. Congratulations to both of you. @ThiemDomi @AlexZverev #USOpen pic.twitter.com/BrqUr06CS5— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 14, 2020
How's it feel @ThiemDomi? ???????? Congrats & enjoy it!!! ????????????????— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) September 14, 2020
Retired icons ...
A magnificent effort to win your first major @ThiemDomi, I feel very happy for you. It has been great to get to know you and @AlexZverev at the #LaverCup, I look forward to watching many more Grand Slam finals between you both. ???? https://t.co/lYWm5m8cXq— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 14, 2020
???????????? https://t.co/UzTTLBjduW— David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) September 14, 2020
And his many fans:
THE TEARS THEY ARE BACK https://t.co/Qi55DUSevU— lauren is happy sad ????♀️ (@thiemteamm) September 14, 2020
I am so PLEASED for Dominic Thiem! ???? pic.twitter.com/l7JziB9zul— Maris Monroe (@marismonroe) September 14, 2020
Thiem even got a shoutout from his favorite soccer team, Chelsea F.C.:
Though he's propelled himself to a new level of fame with the major title, he's been putting himself in contention for such a win year after year. Come Roland Garros later this month, the only difference will be Thiem will arrive having already shown he can succeed at the highest level.