Thiem beats Anderson for first time to reach Madrid final

Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal

Alexander Zverev outclassed an error-strewn Dominic Thiem to continue his sublime run on clay with a comprehensive 6-4 6-4 win in Sunday's Madrid Open final. There he brushed aside Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 6-4 6-1. It will be the fourth final of this type for Hamburg.

"It is unbelievable", Zverev said.

However, Nadal quickly slapped down any notion that world number seven Thiem knows the secret of beating the greatest ever exponent of claycourt tennis. "Hopefully, he'll still improve and there are a lot more matches like this in the future".

He was stopped, however, going down 4-6 2-6 to Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem in their semifinal match. Thiem upset top-ranked Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Friday and won again one day later to break a six-match losing streak against Anderson.

Zverev has always been marked out as a future star of the men's game and his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thiem suggests the German can be a major threat at the French Open later this month. "The way I started was also well", Thiem said. "That's for sure. But at the same time, it was a completely different matchup today". I am three in the (ATP Race), which is the most important thing. "Mentally it was very hard because I know how tough it is to break her". "Almost everything worked out. That's a very good result".

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Anderson is not a natural clay court performer, and didn't really have an answer for a skilled exponent on the surface like Thiem.

When Petra Kvitova thought she couldn't go on, the Czech hit the critical shots to finally edge Kiki Bertens and claim a record third Madrid Open title on Saturday. He won the French Open and the hard-court U.S. 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.

"Having said this, I think I placed myself in a good position more or less". Past year I made it to the finals in every single tournament. The four who have achieved the feat are Nadal, Switzerland's Roger Federer, Serbia's Novak Djokovic and the United Kingdom's Andy Murray.

'But, on the other hand, I haven't watched the match but I watched just the highlights and things like that.

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