Madrid – Alexander Zverev continued to impress with the French Open by winning his second Madrid Open title on Sunday.
After defeating top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals and fourth-placed Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals, Zverev beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6- in his second title of the season. I broke it with 3. The 6th place German also won the Mexican Open in Acapulco in March.
Zverev won his first Madrid title in 2018 in the final against Thiem. Sunday’s victory gave him his fourth Masters 1000 title, and the first in three years. Zverev is trying to improve from his exit from the fourth round at the French Open last year.
“To be successful at the French Open, you need to play well during the clay court season,” said 24-year-old Zverev. “That’s also important to me. At the end of the day, I won the Masters. It’s really rare in terms of being bigger than this here. I’m happy with this achievement. Obviously. Well, yeah, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to future developments. “
10th place Berrettini won the title in Belgrade last week. The Italians gradually returned to shape after suffering an abdominal injury that prevented them from playing the quarterfinals against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open. Berrettini was unable to reach Monte Carlo due to an injury and lost in the opening match.
“This was my first (Masters 1000) final. Hopefully it won’t be my last,” Berrettini said. “But as I said before, I’m really happy at my level. Unfortunately, I don’t think I played the best tennis today.”
After exchanging breaks on each of the first sets, Berrettini opened the tiebreaker with a 5-0 lead, but allowed Zverev to come back. The Italians closed it off with a fourth setpoint after Zverev wasted setpoints on the front and rear tiebreakers. It was the first set dropped by Zverev this week.
Zverev, who finished in seven double faults, defeated Berrettini 4-4 and leveled the match after clinching the second set on the Magic Box Center Court, which was closed by the rain in Madrid.
Berrettini, who made 50 unreasonable mistakes, wasted a break point early in the third set, and Zverev defeated him in the next game to take the lead. He took another break at the end and won the second match point.
In the men’s doubles final, Spain’s Marcel Granolars and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos defeated Croatia’s Nicola Mectic and Mate Pavić 1-6, 6-3 and 10-8.
The Madrid Open was one of Spain’s first sporting events that allowed a limited number of fans to be present. The tournament was one of those canceled last year due to a coronavirus pandemic. Prior to Sunday’s final, local healthcare professionals were commended by the tournament organizers.
In the women’s version, Aryna Sabalenka defeated top-ranked Ashleigh Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in Saturday’s final.
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Zverev defeats Berrettini to win his second Madrid Open title
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