Alexander Zverev wins Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem

Kevin Anderson ends Masters 1000 hoodoo to await Rafael Nadal in Madrid

Kevin Anderson ends Masters 1000 hoodoo to await Rafael Nadal in Madrid

Not surprisingly with their first three encounters on the clay, Thiem won all three, but they were by no means pushovers.

Novak Djokovic will not win the French Open owing to the form Rafael Nadal is in at the moment, according to former tennis professional Mark Petchey.

Denis Shapovalov's run at the 2018 Madrid Open was halted by a dominant performance from Alexander Zverev.

Of course, the way I played this week, the way I played winning the other Masters 1000 events, it's been great.

But it proved to be too little too late as Zverev continued to hold and he saw out the match with consummate ease. Thiem has won eight of his last 10 matches on clay court. Coincidentally, it was Thiem who last beat Nadal on clay, at last year's Rome Masters, shortly before the Spaniard rampaged to a 10th French Open title without dropping a set.

But the Austrian was outplayed, and over-powered, by Zverev, who collects his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, the most prestigious tier of knock-out tournament beneath the four Grand Slams. But for me, those are still the two players who you want to beat, who are the top of the game right now.

"It feels great, it does not matter if it is the first, second or third title", Kvitova said.

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The players in Madrid this week have remarked on the quickness of the courts and that has suited Zverev, whose demon serve was nearly untouchable in the opening set.

Just one week on from lifting the BWM Open, second seed Zverev made it nine straight wins on the dirt to clinch a third career Masters 1000 title - the fifth active player to achieve such a haul. "I think it has just been a match where he was better than me, same as a few weeks ago I was better than him".

The German broke Thiem's opening service games in each set and didn't give his Austrian rival a single break chance to win in 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Nadal now heads to Rome, where he has been drawn to potentially face Thiem in another quarter-final.

He then dismissed South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-2, with the big man's vulnerabilities on a clay court ruthlessly exposed by Thiem.

"Of course I am disappointed", Nadal said. Yeah, nearly everything worked out.

"The fact also that the ball here flies a lot, and he puts a lot of topspin on the ball". The final will take place on Sunday. "To be honest, I thought also myself that I was pretty far away before this week started".

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