‘Thiem usually kicks my ass so I’m happy to win this one’ – Alexander Zverev reaches Madrid Open final
World No. 6 Alexander Zverev reached the final of the 2021 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem in what he called ‘a weird match’.
The German – a 2018 Madrid champion – defeated the 27-year-old Austrian 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 event today.
The 24-year-old saved a break point to hold for 2-1, before breaking the world No. 4 in the following game. He then took the set after three comfortable holds.
Zverev broke twice to go up 4-1 in the second set and – despite Thiem recovering one break – closed the match out with two more convincing service games.
“Well, (it’s) a rivalry where he kicks my ass most of the time (smiling). So, I’m quite happy to get this one,” Zverev said in an on-court interview.
“But yeah, we had some fantastic matches. We played the biggest matches in the world. We played Masters finals, Grand Slam finals.
Four-match losing streak SNAPPED ❌@AlexZverev records his first win over Thiem since the 2018 Madrid final, defeating him 6-3 6-4 to book his place in tomorrow’s final!#MMOpen pic.twitter.com/rzaBT4QCgb
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“It’s still developing and it’s still going to go on for a few more years hopefully, and hopefully we’ll play a few more amazing matches.
“It was a little bit of a weirder match than against Rafa. The conditions were extremely difficult, it was extremely windy today.
“Last year, we didn’t get many chances (to win Masters 1000 events). I played a final in Paris but it’s going to mean a lot to me. I’m looking forward to playing another big final.”
The German will play either Casper Ruud or Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final.