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Madrid Open: Alexander Zverev defeats Dominic Thiem for third Masters title

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Madrid Open: Alexander Zverev defeats Dominic Thiem for third Masters title

It’s a second title of the 12 months for Alexander Zverev after success within the Bavarian Championships earlier this month

World quantity three Alexander Zverev gained his third Masters title by beating Dominic Thiem within the last of the Madrid Open.

The 21-year-old German, who didn’t drop a set within the match, broke early in each units to win 6-Four 6-4.

Austrian world quantity seven Thiem, who reached the ultimate final 12 months, had beaten Rafael Nadal on his strategy to the decider.

However Zverev comfortably managed each units with a larger vary of pictures as Thiem struggled to exert himself.

Zverev broke within the opening recreation of the match with what turned out to be the one break level alternative of the set.

Though he was given a second of concern when he trailed 0-30 when serving for the primary set, he rapidly reasserted his dominance by profitable 5 of the following six factors.

Thiem, who had gained 4 of the pair’s 5 earlier conferences, once more discovered himself in bother at first of the second set with Zverev as soon as once more breaking him within the first recreation.

In his subsequent service recreation, the 24-year-old Austrian dug deep to win 4 factors in a row from 15-40 to keep away from going a double break down, however he was unable to threaten the Zverev serve.

The German, who didn’t face a break level all match, appeared assured as he sealed victory with the primary of his two Championship factors to proceed his preparation for the French Open, which begins on 27 Could.

He turns into solely the fifth lively participant to win no less than three Masters 1000 titles – becoming a member of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – and can now go on to attempt to defend his Rome title this week.

“Hopefully I can proceed this type of streak in Rome,” he stated.

“Profitable two titles in two weeks is nice. Profitable a Masters, one other Masters, is unbelievable. However earlier than the French Open, there’s nonetheless Rome the place I am the defending champion.

“Clearly, I did not get damaged one time [in Madrid]. However I do not suppose I confronted break factors in the entire match. For me, that is an incredible stat to know at the back of my thoughts.”

BBC Sport – Tennis
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