Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has labeled the Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez matchup as the “dream US Open final.”
Raducanu, 18, and 19-year-old Fernandez are set fo fight for the US Open title on Saturday.
Raducanu, ranked at No. 150 in the world, became the first qualifier ever to reach a Grand Slam final.
“It’s a dream final,” Thiem told Eurosport.
“Two amazing girls, two amazing players and two very contrary game styles and also super different how they went through the tournament.
“Leylah [Fernandez] had tough matches and she was down. Yesterday [against Sabalenka] was such a tough match for her and she’s in the final whereas Emma was cruising through the draw, she didn’t lose a set yet so it’s very different.”
Thiem hopes to witness a ‘great final’
Raducanu hasn’t yet dropped a set at the US Open, while Fernandez stunned Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka en route to the final.
“But it’s a dream final and there were many, many great matches. I hope the final will be a great end to this tournament;” Thiem added.
Many suggested that not dealing with the pressure was the main factor behind Raducanu and Fernandez’s run to the US Open final.
“I think honestly being young, there is an element of you do play completely free. But I’m sure that when I’m older or have more experience, yeah, the same will happen to me. I think the tables will turn. Some younger players will come through,” Raducanu said.
“Honestly right now I’m just thinking of the game plan, how to execute. That’s what’s landed me in this situation. It hasn’t been focusing on who’s expected to win this match or that one. I think it’s just taking care of the day. That’s what I’m doing quite well at the moment.”