Madrid Open: Zverev rampant en route to Thiem final

Dominic Thiem

The second seed broke a nervy-looking Thiem in the opening game thanks to a double-fault and was never really challenged as he produced a clinical serving display in which he did not even offer up a break point.

'And I think Rafa's mentality, in general, on Grand Slams is maybe one percent or slightly better than everywhere else. I can just be happy.

Nadal will now focus on next week's tournament in Rome where, should he win the title, he could reclaim the number one ranking from great rival Roger Federer who has opted to sit out the claycourt season in preparation for Wimbledon and beyond. We're not playing a game where the differences are big or massive.

Will Nadal win the French Open? Zverev hopes to win his second title of the year and the eighth of his career.

Thiem obviously has the edge over Zverev based on the head to head history and the 3-0 record against him on clay.

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.

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Kvitova previously won on the Madrid clay in 2011 and 2015.

Zverev already has two Masters 1000 titles to his name, and his greater experience told in the ninth game. "I had to go for shots and go down the line and everything worked today". Obviously I have a lot of motivation to do well there. A year ago I made it to the finals in every single tournament.

Given this, and the fact that Sock has not performed well on clay for several years now, I'm surprised to see Ferrer as big as [1.91].

Despite his disappointment with his form, Nadal is not too concerned about how this loss affects his chances in Rome or Roland Garros. "So far it's been pretty good for me on clay this year". All in all, it was just a bad match from me.

He stunned Nadal, and then backed it up with a first win in seven attempts over Kevin Anderson, but his start here looked slow and sluggish, and that will to win was more a will to sort of hang on, which didn't pay off.

None of the their previous meetings had been on Thiem's favoured clay and the surface proved decisive as he managed to dictate against Anderson who was appearing in his first semi-final of a Masters 1000 event.

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