MADRID (AP) — Alexander Zverev continued his spectacular type going into the French Open by profitable his second Madrid Open title on Sunday.
After beating top-seeded Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals and fourth-ranked Dominic Thiem within the semifinals, Zverev rallied to defeat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-3 for his second title this season. The sixth-ranked German additionally received the Mexican Open in Acapulco in March.
Zverev received his first Madrid title in 2018 in a ultimate in opposition to Thiem. The win on Sunday gave him his fourth Masters 1000 title, and first in three years. Zverev can be making an attempt to enhance from his fourth-round look from final yr on the French Open.
The Tenth-ranked Berrettini received the title in Belgrade final week and was making an attempt to win his first Masters 1000 trophy. The Italian has been progressively returning to type after battling an stomach damage that saved him from taking part in his quarterfinal match in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas on the Australian Open. The damage saved Berrettini out till Monte Carlo, the place he misplaced his opening match.
After exchanging a break every within the first set, Berrettini opened the tiebreaker with a 5-0 lead however allowed Zverev to return again. The Italian closed it out on his fourth set level after Zverev additionally squandered a set level within the back-and-forth tiebreaker.
Zverev, who completed with seven double-faults, evened the match after breaking Berrettini at 4-4 and serving out to clinch the second set on the Magic Field heart court docket, which had its roof closed due to rain in Madrid.
Berrettini, who ended with 50 unforced errors, squandered a break level early within the third set, and Zverev broke him within the following recreation to take the lead. He earned one other break on the finish, changing on his second match level to clinch the victory.
The Madrid Open was one of many first sporting occasions in Spain that allowed the presence of a restricted variety of followers. The match was amongst these canceled final yr due to the coronavirus pandemic. Native well being staff have been honored by match organizers earlier than the ultimate on Sunday.
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