After Nadal, Thiem also falls: Zverev’s next show of force

After Nadal, Thiem also falls
Next show of force by Zverev

Next top performance, next exclamation mark on the red ashes: Alexander Zverev also defeats the US Open winner Dominic Thiem at the tennis tournament in Madrid and thus reaches the final. After 97 minutes, the again strong player from Hamburg turned his second match point.

Germany’s best tennis player Alexander Zverev stormed into the final at the ATP Masters in Madrid with the next strong performance. One day after his victory against the clay court king Rafael Nadal, the man from Hamburg also beat his Austrian friend Dominic Thiem 6: 3, 6: 4 and made the next exclamation mark around three weeks before the start of the French Open. “I felt comfortable on the pitch. It was a different match than yesterday, it was extremely windy and not easy to play from the baseline,” said Zverev after the match on Sky.

In the final on Sunday, the 24-year-old will fight against the Norwegian Casper Ruud or the eighth seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini for the fourth Masters title of his career. In addition, Zverev could triumph for the second time in Madrid, in 2018 he had beaten Thiem in the final.

Zverev transformed his second match ball after 1:37 hours on the Center Court of the “Caja Magica” and thus successfully took revenge for his bitter and dramatic defeat in the US Open final against Thiem last year. As in the 6: 4, 6: 4 against Nadal the day before, the world number six showed a very determined and nerve-racking performance – he was particularly convincing when serving. In the eleventh comparison with Thiem, it was “only” Zverev’s third victory.

The German number one seems to be in shape in time for the Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros (May 30th to June 13th). This impression had not arisen in the previous week, in Munich Zverev had already been eliminated in the quarter-finals. At the clay court tournament in the Spanish capital, endowed with 2.6 million euros, Zverev convinces with good tennis, no player has yet been able to take a set from him during the tournament.