Zverev unstoppable in Madrid

14 May, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Even though I played really different, I was returning very far back today. "Hopefully, I can continue the way I am playing in Rome".

Canada's Denis Shapovalov on Friday became the youngest player to reach the Madrid Masters semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 win over Britain's Kyle Edmund. A sumptuous half-volley opened up two match points and Zverev took the first when a final Thiem forehand floated long. "This is my third Masters 1000 and I am only 21 years old".

Rafael Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat in nearly a year on Friday, when the world No. 1 was shocked 7-5, 6-3 by Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.

(1) Nadal looking at a quarterfinal rematch with (6) Thiem from last week in Madrid... Read & Watch 2016 Flashback: Thiem Holds Off Zverev To Reach R4 At the time, Zverev was 19 and had never reached an ATP World Tour final, let alone a title match at a Masters 1000 event. Zverev looks for his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and is 2-1 in his career in previous final appearances.

Nadal told atptour.com: "I am playing against one of the best players in the world and we were playing in special conditions - the ball flies more here and I was not under control of the point".

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"It is unbelievable", Zverev said.

"I won 50 straight sets on this surface", he said. The lower-ranked Austrian also won their last meeting (at Rotterdam Open in February last year).

"I am always loathed to do it [rule Djokovic out] but as the tournament goes with Rafa's dominance on this particular surface you would think it is going to be too soon for him [to make a charge to win it]", he added.

I mentioned yesterday that Zverev's level this week has been stunning, and of a world-class level.

"Obviously I didn't get broken one time (in Madrid)", Zverev said. He won the French Open and the hard-court US Open to take his Grand Slam haul to 16, and he came to the Spanish capital fresh off winning his 11th titles at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona. In contrast, Nadal could break the Austrian only twice in the quarter-final clash that lasted 1 hour 56 minutes.

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First, Zverev will have to turn his attention to Thiem, who advanced to the final with a 6-4, 6-2 win over sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson.

Thiem's ground game was as good as it has been all week, and his defence was on point against the powerful Anderson. The beanpole German will be seeking a third Masters title after wins in Rome and Montreal in 2017.

"Of course I am disappointed", Nadal said. Nearly everything worked out. The way I started was also well.

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

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