Alexander Zverev scored his first career comeback from two sets to love down, beating Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday at the US Open.
He becomes the first German Grand Slam finalist since Rainer Schuettler at the 2003 Australian Open.
Zverev will play for the trophy on Sunday against the winner from three-time Grand Slam finalist Dominic Thiem and 2019 New York runner-up Daniil Medvedev.
The 23-year-old winner closed out a trip to his first Grand Slam final on his second match point as Carreno Busta missed on a backhand after nearly three and a half hours.
The winner fired 24 aces, saving nine of 16 break points.
“I was supposed to be the favourite and I lost the first two sets,” the fifth seeded winner said. “I was playing that badly.
“I knew I had to come up with better tennis. But I’m through to my first Grand Slam final and that’s all that matters.”
Zverev was surprised by his personal-best comeback: “It was my first time back from two sets to love down – I’m glad to have done it at this stage.
“But there is still one more step to go for me.”
Carreno Busta got off a flyer, breaking the German seed twice to claim a 5-1 margin in the first set..
But the challenger was broken while serving for the set and needed a second chance two games later to take the early lead as Zverev netted a backhand after 40 minutes.
It marked the German’s third loss of an opening set during the fortnight.
The Zverev decline accelerated in the second set, with Carreno Busta breaking twice for 3-0 with his opponent accumulating a quick five double-faults.
The Spaniard piled on more pressure for a 5-0 lead, winning a monster fifth game which lasted for well over 10 minutes. Though he saved four break points, Zverev was unable to make an impression.
Carreno Busta was broken while serving for the second set as Zverev came alive to send back an untouchable return winner down the line, 1-5.
Zverev produced a love game but soon thereafter found himself down two sets to love after less than 90 minutes as the Spaniard tightened his grip.
The German seed finally took a lead, winning the opening game of the third set and breaking for the first time for a 3-1 lead and extending to 5-2.
Zverev showed some life as he served out the set to love to get on the scoreboard with 11 winners and just three unforced errors in the set.
Zverev’s fightback continued with a break in the third game but lost his own serve a game later, 2-2; he then turned the tables again, breaking for 3-2.
Carreno Busta stayed in the fight as he saved three Zverev set points, holding for 4-5. The German seed forced a deciding fifth set with an ace to square the match at two sets apiece.
Zverev took a 3-1 lead in the decider thanks to three aces in the fourth game and carried the momentum to victory.
Main Photo:- Alexander Zverev celebrates reaching maiden Grand Slam final Photo Simon Bruty / USTA