Alexander Zverev Extends Masters Success In Madrid
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
Alexander Zverev won his second ATP title in as many weeks and extended his winning streak on clay to nine matches with a 6-4 6-4 victory against Dominic Thiem in the ATP Madrid Masters 1000 final. The title is Zverev’s third at the Masters level, as he remains the most successful of the ATP’s next gen talents at this point in their careers.
Zverev showed no signs of fatigue as he wrapped up his matches quickly in Madrid this past week. The young German didn’t drop a set against Evgeny Donskoy, Leonardo Mayer, John Isner, and Denis Shapovalov, he wasn’t even pushed to a tiebreak. Shapovalov had a great week, reaching a Masters semi on clay for the first time in his promising career.
Thiem reached his second ATP final of the season with close victories over Federico Delbonis and Borna Coric at the start of the week, and then straight set wins against Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson. The win against Nadal snapped the Spaniard’s winning streak on clay dating back to last season, as Thiem rose up and played his best match of the season in that spirited contest.
Mektic/Peya won the doubles final over the Bryan Brothers, as one of the Bryans came down with a hip injury in the opening set.