ATP: A look at biggest Grand Slam comebacks in 2020
Just like every sport, tennis also faced the wrath of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In a strange turn of events, the outbreak led to postponement of traditional Grand Slams. Notably, the Wimbledon got suspended first the first time since World War II. However, several epic encounters following the resumption resurrected the sport. We take a look at the this year's biggest Grand Slam comebacks.
Swiss maestro Roger Federer didn't feature much this year due to his injuries, however, he gave a glimpse of his masterclass intermittently. In the high-octane Australian Open quarter-final clash, America's Tennys Sandgren was on the brink of defeating the all-time great. However, Federer added his Midas touch, having saved as many as seven match points. Eventually, he defeated Sandgren 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-3.
In September, Dominic Thiem audaciously pulled off a historic comeback to win his maiden US Open title. He trounced Alexander Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6), securing his first-ever Slam title. The Austrian became only the second player to win from two sets down in a US Open final, and the fifth (Open Era) to win a Grand Slam final after doing so.
Andy Murray entered the US Open on the back of no Grand Slam experience for over a year due to hip injury. In the first-round match against Yoshihito Nishioka, he lost two sets and a break in the third. However, Murray defied all odds and eventually beat him 4-6, 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 6-4, in a game that lasted four hours and 39 minutes.
Andre Rublev arrived at the Roland Garros after his title run at the ATP 500 tournament. In the first round, he faced Samurai Sam, who won the first two sets through tie-breaks. The Russian was even trailing 2-5 in the third set, before winning five straight games. After three hours and 17 minutes, Rublev produced a remarkable win, 6-7(5), 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3.
In the third round of the US Open, Croatia's Borna Coric stunned number six Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller, that lasted four hours and 36 minutes. The 24-year-old put up an astounding fightback after being 1-5 down in the fourth set. He saved as many as six match points, having beaten Tsitsipas 6-7(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) at the end.