Zverev powers past Thiem to win Madrid Masters

May 14, 2018, 05:15
Zverev powers past Thiem to win Madrid Masters

He had never made a Masters semi-final from 10 previous quarter-finals-and none of those quarters had been on clay.

"He played well and I didn't play well".

Thiem said he is feeling stronger after his ankle injury as he builds up to the French Open later this month and has tried to forget recent losses to Nadal in Monte Carlo and his shock exit at the hands of Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in Barcelona. "This is my third Masters 1000 and I am only 21 years old".

Thiem, who also reached the final last year, beat last year's titlist Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Alexander Zverev, the second seed in Madrid, will look to lift a third Masters 1000 crown when he takes on Dominic Thiem, who is yet to win a title at this level, in the Madrid Open final. Zverev got a measure of revenge in Beijing in October of that year, defeating Thiem 4-6 6-1 6-3.

The reputed clay master, Nadal has admitted before the match that Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem are his greatest threats on clay, and not World No 2, Roger Federer.

Sunday's action on the ATP Tour sees the final of the Madrid Masters, as well as five first-round matches in Rome. "We played five times against each other when he was already Top 10, and I was more in the developing stage still".

"It feels great, it does not matter if it is the first, second or third title", Kvitova said.

Ryan Harrison has only once ever been a sub [1.50] favourite on clay - against Igor Kunitsyn on home soil in Houston in 2012 - so his match against Yuichi Sugita is rather uncharted territory for the American, on what is his worst surface. I don't think I faced breakpoints in the whole tournament.

"Hopefully I can continue this kind of streak in Rome", Zverev told reporters.

Thiem is rightly considered, on his day, one of the finest clay court players now operating beneath Nadal who remains king of the surface.

The world number seven defeated Nadal en-route to the final this year, registering a straight-sets win in the last eight. In contrast, Nadal could break the Austrian only twice in the quarter-final clash that lasted 1 hour 56 minutes.

Earlier on Saturday, fifth seed Thiem continued his run to Sunday's final as he saw off South Africa's Kevin Anderson with a 6-4 6-2 victory.

Thiem claimed a first win against Anderson at the seventh attempt with a commanding display.

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