Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
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Zverev rampant en route to Thiem final — Madrid Open

Zverev rampant en route to Thiem final — Madrid Open

Germany's Alexander Zverev looked every bit a serious French Open title contender as he crushed Dominic Thiem in straight sets to win the Madrid Open.

Zverev beat Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-4, 6-1 for his eighth victory in a row. It will be the fourth final of this type for Hamburg. "So is he. Hopefully it will be another entertaining one", Zverev said of Sunday's final.

Dominic Thiem followed up his sensational victory over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal by easing past Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Madrid Masters final. Thiem, who also reached the final last year, beat last year's titlist Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday. We're talking about a lot of months that I gave up. "That's for sure. But in the same time, it was a completely different matchup today".

Thiem obviously has the edge over Zverev based on the head to head history and the 3-0 record against him on clay. It's been unbelievable. I'm not going to lie. Was a little bit exhausted in Monte-Carlo, but still got to the semifinals, so.

"I had to really increase my level compared to Monte-Carlo to beat Rafa here". The way I started was also well. For me, this is an wonderful stat to know in the back of my mind. "Almost everything worked out". In general, it was a very good week.

Nadal said on Thursday, after breaking John McEnroe's 1984 record for sets won on the same surface by winning his 50th straight set on clay, that he expected the match against Thiem to be "key to this tournament".

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev meet in the final of the 2018 tennis Madrid Masters.

As I said, winning two titles in two weeks is great.

"I think I placed myself in a good position".

The final match in Italy that I want to discuss is David Ferrer against Jack Sock.

The Italian Open will be the last stop for most of the top players before Paris, and seeds Tomas Berdych, Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Jack Sock and Novak Djokovic are among those with opening-round challenges. "I know the reason and I am working with my team on what I have to do to avoid other defeats.", said Nadal.

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