Alexander Zverev eliminates Denis Shapovalov in Madrid Open semifinal

Gwen Vasquez
May 14, 2018

Zverev is now one of five active players to have won three, the others being Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Thiem was in trouble again when 15-40 down in game four, but to his credit he fought back to stay in the match with a fierce forehand victor. Zverev has won seven of his last nine final appearances and is 3-1 in final appearances on clay court.

Zverev started the second set in similar fashion, hitting a deep forehand that Thiem could only send into the net on the final point of his service game to fall behind a break.

Nadal pulled back a break, but couldn't defend his serve and Thiem broke him twice more, finishing off the world No. 1 with one final forehand victor.

He was not able to convert another couple of break-point chances to pile on the pressure for a double-break cushion, but in truth he did not need it.

"Of course I am disappointed", Nadal said. That was the problem today.

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"Every tournament is very important for itself".

"I should have been playing better than I did". He was not serving better than Anderson yesterday. I'll be back tomorrow with an outright preview, once I know who has qualified, but in the meantime, I'll also give some thoughts on some of these first-round matches, which are likely to be played in medium-fast conditions, albeit a lot slower than Madrid.

"He was immediately in the offence".

Ryan Harrison has only once ever been a sub [1.50] favourite on clay - against Igor Kunitsyn on home soil in Houston in 2012 - so his match against Yuichi Sugita is rather uncharted territory for the American, on what is his worst surface. Yeah, I will learn from it. "That's a very good result". "Well, I hope I will get more chances to win a first Masters". View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the championship match at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open & vote for who you think will win! "I still have two good weeks on clay, and then I'll keep on moving forward". One in Germany, and this one here is massive.

"I'm not going to keep the number one today".

Cilic said: 'When you look at history that he had, you know, that many - or just couple sets that even went to, you know, to extension from 5-all that finished 7-5 or 7-6 in these last 12 months, when you look as that obviously it's a surprise.

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