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US Open day 12: Dominic Thiem sets up final against Alexander Zverev

The story of the 12th day of action at Flushing Meadows.

Dominic Thiem will face Alexander Zverev in the final of the US Open after battling through tough matches at Flushing Meadows.

Zverev came from two sets down to win for the first time in his career against Pablo Carreno Busta while Thiem edged a 6-2 7-2 (7) 7-6 (5) victory against Daniil Medvedev that could easily have gone the other way.

Here, the PA news agency tells the story of the 12th day of play at Flushing Meadows.

Picture of the day

Alexander Zverev shows his delight after reaching his first grand slam final
Alexander Zverev shows his delight after reaching his first grand slam final (Frank Franklin II/AP)

To hug or not to hug

Vera Zvonareva, left, and Laura Siegemund got the thumbs up for a hug
Vera Zvonareva, left, and Laura Siegemund got the thumbs up for a hug (Frank Franklin II/AP)

In these strange times, all norms are out of the window. After clinching the women's doubles title, Laura Siegemund waited for the umpire's approval before hugging partner Vera Zvonareva.

The German said: "I felt already the rounds before, I'm very emotional usually at the end of a match. I'm screaming and jumping. I want to hug my partner, I have this urge. That was always kind of awkward to stay away from each other. Today I was like, what the heck. But I asked permission at least."

Final flourish

Wheelchair star Alfie Hewett wears his heart on his sleeve so it was no surprise to see an exuberant celebration at the end of his narrow victory over Gustavo Fernandez. Fortunately, no line judges were in the way of Hewett's racket.

Sartorial star

After pineapples and spots, the most flamboyant dresser at Flushing Meadows pulled out another snazzy number.

Up next

The women's tournament reaches its conclusion on Saturday, with Naomi Osaka and a resurgent Victoria Azarenka both bidding for a third slam title.

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