Alexander Zverev recovered from two sets down to defeat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in a scrappy encounter and reach the US Open final on Friday.

The German fifth seed beat the 20th seed 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in 3hr 23min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to set up his first ever Grand Slam final.

He will play either second seed Dominic Thiem or third seed Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s showpiece.

It marked the first time in the 23-year-old Zverev’s career that he came from two sets down to win.

“I actually looked at the scoreboard when I was down two sets to love,” Zverev said.

“I was like, ‘I can’t believe it. I’m playing in a semi-final, I’m supposed to be the favorite and I have no chance, I’m playing that bad.

“So I knew I had to come up with better tennis and I knew that I had to be more stable.”

Zverev made 36 unforced errors in the first two sets compared to just 12 for Carreno Busta as the nerves of the occasion seemed to get the better of him.

Double fault followed double fault and a string of misplaced, nervy forehands allowed Carreno Busta to build a sizable lead.

But Zverev began to seriously cut down on his mistakes in the third set, upping...

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