Rafa Nadal eager to play down Dominic Thiem hiccup at Madrid Open

Steve Phelps
May 14, 2018

Thiem, seeded fifth, had saved 13 of 20 break points he faced before the final, but Zverev converted on two of his four opportunities in the championship match without facing a break point himself.

Anderson made it to his first Masters 1000 semi-final, on his 11 attempt, with a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 victory over Dusan Lajovic on Friday.

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.

"Of course, it would be much better to have the full pressure because I won all the matches".

Zverev is now one of five active players to have won three, the others being Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Asked if he feels at that level, the German replied: 'Rafa is the favorite no matter where he plays on a clay court.

In doing so, she took her landmark third title, surpassing the two each won by Serena Williams and Simona Halep in Madrid, which established a women's section in 2009.

Showcasing arguably his best tennis of the season thus far, the 24-year-old was dictating play from the start, and wrapped up the win in just under two hours to set up a semi-final against Kevin Anderson.

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A Masters 1000 title would mean a lot to me because it's obviously really tough to win one, " said Thiem.

The Croat was forced to withdraw from the Masters 1000 event at the Caja Magica due to injury, but is back in action at the Italian Open this week.

A double fault gave Thiem the decisive break to open the second set and he broke again for a 4-1 lead before securing victory with a service victor as he reached his 15th career final and fifth in a row on clay.

It's the second time Thiem has beaten Nadal in straight sets on clay in as many years. I am three in the (ATP Race), which is the most important thing. I can not be happy that I lost to Thiem in Madrid.

Shapovalov was able to keep pace with Zverev early but suffered a key break late in the first set, and his momentum crumbled.

"We both should be very proud of this handsome final we played".

Anderson won the first six matchups against Thiem on a hard court before Saturday's match on clay. Past year I made it to the finals in every single tournament.

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

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