Madrid Open 2018 final

Madrid Open 2018 final

"It's obviously a great final for the future ahead", Zverev, 21, said of facing Thiem, 24.

It will be the first time Zverev and Thiem will meet for a Masters final 1000, becoming both perhaps a benchmark for upcoming tests of this calibre.

Dominic Thiem followed up his sensational victory over world number one Rafael Nadal by easing past Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Madrid Masters final.

Shapovalov, who had never won a clay-court match on the main tour before Madrid, will be playing in his second Masters semi-final, where he was yesterday to face German second seed Alexander Zverev.

Raven Klaasen and doubles partner Michael Venus of New Zealand were knocked out in the quarter-finals earlier in the week, while Anderson was eliminated in the opening round in a rare doubles appearance.

Zverev is now the fifth active player with at least three Masters titles, along with Rafael Nadal (31), Novak Djokovic (30), Roger Federer (27) and Andy Murray (14).

"Obviously two weeks ago in Monte-Carlo, he killed me Love and 2". The 21-year-old Zverev won his eighth career title and second of the season after also winning the Munich Open last weekend. The Austrian has won 67.3% of service points, and 39.9% on return (107.2%) and it is evident that Zverev is the player enjoying these quicker conditions in the Spanish capital.

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To get to this stage, despite that shock victory over Rafa Nadal, Thiem's level has not been so impressive as Zverev's.

The Croat was forced to withdraw from the Masters 1000 event at the Caja Magica due to injury, but is back in action at the Italian Open this week.

Having not lost a set yet in the ongoing tournament, he will be hoping to better his record against Thiem. "So far it's been pretty good for me on clay this year", Zverev admitted.

Zverev is the defending champion, previous year straight-setting Djokovic in the final...

Interesting starts for (15) Berdych vs. Shapovalov who is finding his footing on clay, (6) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Monfils victor, (3) Dimitrov vs. Nishikori, (13) Sock vs. the former French runner-up Ferrer, the struggling (11) Djokovic vs.

"I think he picked up his level", said Shapovalov, a product of Richmond Hill. Thiem has won eight of his last 10 matches on clay court. "Now, I'm in the final again, which is wonderful to me".

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