Zverev overpowers Thiem for Madrid Open title

Zverev overpowers Thiem for Madrid Open title

I'll be back tomorrow with an outright preview, once I know who has qualified, but in the meantime, I'll also give some thoughts on some of these first-round matches, which are likely to be played in medium-fast conditions, albeit a lot slower than Madrid.

Last year's finalist has gradually improved on clay in the last two years and has to be considered among the favourites for this year's French Open, based on his improving form.

While Thiem admits the conditions in Madrid suit him perfectly - it is where he reached his first Masters 1000 final past year - he also believes he produced exceptional tennis to overcome the King of Clay.

Thiem had beaten "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal in Friday's quarter-final, but the man seen by many as the Spaniard's greatest threat at the French Open was punished for a disjointed display that yielded 21 unforced errors.

Thiem vs Zverev will not start before 6:30 pm local time, 9 pm IST and 4:30 pm BST. Thiem has won eight of his last 10 matches on clay court.

The 43rd-ranked Canadian showed nerves of steel in the last game, booking his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final berth (after the 2017 Canadian Open) with a love service hold.

"I've been playing great tennis and I'm unbelievably happy", the smiling champion told Sky Sports.

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Obviously the altitude fits me a little bit with my serve, with how I play, with me playing a little bit more aggressive than maybe others. Zverev hopes to win his second title of the year and the eighth of his career. I don't think I faced breakpoints in the whole tournament.

Nadal had not dropped a set on his way to an 11th Monte-Carlo Masters and 11th Barcelona title, and was favourite to defend his Madrid title too.

Nadal's loss came a day after he won an incredible 50 consecutive sets on clay to break John McEnroe's record of 49 sets won in a row on a single surface. In contrast, Nadal could break the Austrian only twice in the quarter-final clash that lasted 1 hour 56 minutes.

"I just couldn't maintain my level from the match against Rafa and the match yesterday against Anderson", No. 7 Thiem said. "I still have two good weeks on clay, and then I'll keep on moving forward".

He said: "I played much more aggressive". Nearly everything worked out.

Considering all these factors, I do like Zverev's price today, and he's going to be our recommendation.

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