– Thiem is the fifth man since the Open Era began in 1968 to come back from two sets down in a major final. He joins Gaston Gaudio (d. Guillermo Coria, 2004 French Open), Andre Agassi (d. Andrei Medvedev, 1999 French Open), Ivan Lendl (d. John McEnroe, 1984 French Open) and Bjorn Borg (d. Manual Orantes, 1974 French Open). In a US Open final, Thiem becomes the first man to come back from two sets down since 1949, when Pancho Gonzalez did the same against Ted Schroeder. – Thiem, 27, is also the first man born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam title. On the women’s side, players born in the 1990s or later have combined to win 15 majors, including one by a woman born in the 2000s (Bianca Andreescu, 2019 US Open). – This is the first time in men’s tennis that four consecutive Grand Slam finals have gone to five sets (2019 Wimbledon, 2019 US Open, 2020 Australian Open and 2020 US Open). Before this, there had only been two instances of three straight men’s major finals going to five sets (in 1927 and 1946). – Thiem is the second Austrian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title, after Thomas Muster won the 1995 French Open. Thiem is the only Austrian to make multiple major finals, in which his win-loss record now stands at 1-3. – This was just the second men’s Grand Slam final to feature a deciding-set tiebreaker, after the 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Last year was the first time Wimbledon began playing a tiebreaker once the set got to 12-12. – It is the longest span (6 years) between first-time major winners on the men’s side in the Open Era. The previous longest was almost exactly three years between Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open) and Andy Murray (2012 US Open). Also Watch: Watch: River Flows Inside People’s Bedroom
BREEDERS’ CUP LAUNCHES ‘WIN WITH WALKER’ PROMOTIONAL SWEEPSTAKES One Lucky Winner to Meet Superstar Pitcher Walker Buehlerat 2019 Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsLEXINGTON, Ky., (October 3, 2019) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced the launch of a new sweepstakes with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Walker Buehler. Titled Win with Walker , the sweepstakes offers one lucky winner the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place at the storied Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1 and 2, alongside the baseball great, gaining unprecedented access to many of the event’s most exclusive experiences. In addition to receiving two VIP tickets to the World Championships event, the winner will get the chance to watch a Championship race with the famed athlete, beginning with the competing horses’ parade around the Paddock and culminating in the Winner’s Circle.“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience and we’re proud to be partnering with a world-class baseball player like Walker to offer such an unbelievable opportunity for one lucky fan,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup.“We’re grateful to Walker for his support of the Breeders’ Cup and wish the best of luck to all the fans hoping to win this one-of-a-kind experience!”“Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve been a big racing fan, and I am excited to be a part of one of the biggest events in racing,” said Walker Buehler, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.To enter the Win with Walker sweepstakes, participants must visit WinWithWalker.com and sign up with their name and email address. Hopeful fans can share a unique referral link via social media and email to earn additional entries into the sweepstakes and increase their chances of winning the Grand Prize. Entries are currently being accepted now through October 23, 2019, at which point the Grand Prize winner will be randomly chosen from the eligible entries and notified via email. Winners and guests must both be 18 years of age. Any and all transportation to/from Santa Anita Park and any corresponding accommodations will not be provided and will be winner’s sole responsibility. For complete rules visit WinWithWalker.com/rules.This year, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return to the historic Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 for a record-breaking 10th time. To learn more about the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit BreedersCup.com.