Alexander Zverev seals straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem — Madrid Open result

Alexander Zverev seals straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem — Madrid Open result

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. But Thiem has never won an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

"It's my second title on clay and right now I just can't find the words to describe how happy I am". Obviously I have a lot of motivation to do well there.

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Second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat seventh-seeded John Isner, 6-4, 7-5, to also advance.

In between came two truly compelling matches.

Nadal is the defending champion and a 10-time victor at Roland Garros.

Not many expected a Rafael Nadal sans final in Madrid, given the Spaniard's run of form on the red dirt in the ongoing season.

(1) Nadal looking at a quarterfinal rematch with (6) Thiem from last week in Madrid... I was 0-6 before today.

Asked if he feels at that level, the German replied: 'Rafa is the favorite no matter where he plays on a clay court. "So is he. Hopefully it will be another entertaining one", Zverev said of Sunday's final.

The showdown was a far cry from the 6-0, 6-2 beatdown Nadal had delivered to Thiem in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago, and it wasn't just because of the difference in altitude and conditions between the two locations. Thiem then came perilously close to defeat against Borna Coric. I think I've placed myself in a good position.

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The 24-year-old Austrian broke Anderson in a nine-minute opening game which was enough to secure the first set in 49 minutes.

It was then Thiem's time to face break points, but he took the initiative, serve and volleyed again, and smashed a victor away, 3-1.

There was no chance of a let-up from Zverev though and he remained focussed throughout, winning on his first match point when his Austrian opponent returned long.

Nadal struggled for most of the match as Thiem grew in confidence.

Anderson won the first six matchups against Thiem on a hard court before Saturday's match on clay.

But his win had one more immediate consequence-on a man who has not played any part in the clay swing.

Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning a point against Canada's Denis Shapovalov during a Madrid Open tennis tournament semifinal match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Zverev has now reached five Masters semi-finals in the past year. But he was the youngest quarter-finalist in the Madrid Masters history.

Shapovalov, 19, knocked off fellow Canadian Milos Raonic on Thursday to advance to the quarters. It was to prove a fairly comfortable outing for Zverev as he triumphed 6-2 7-5, as was his third round clash with Leonardo Mayer, who he defeated 6-4 6-2. He closed out the match to love with an ace, 6-4, to reach the semis in his first appearance in Madrid.

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