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Alexander Zverev Defeats Dominic Thiem To Win Madrid
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:09pm PST USA
Alexander Zverev Defeats Dominic Thiem To Win Madrid MADRID-- Sunday in Madrid, Spain in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open, the second seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated the fifth seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 6-4 to become one of the favorites for France’s Roland Garros which begins May 27th.

In set one, Thiem was unable to overcome a poor start as he double faulted at 15-40 in the first game of the match to trail 0-1.

Zverev executed an aggressive baseline game to take the set after 36 minutes of play.

The German broke serve early

Alexander Zverev of Germany
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The 21 year old Zverev did not drop a set or face a breakpoint all week.

again in set two to lead 2-0 before Thiem held on to pull to with in 3-2.

With Zverev serving at deuce, Thiem netted a forehand before the German struck an overhead winner to hold serve and take a 4-2 set two lead.

Both players then held their serves with Zverev maintaining the lead at 5-3.

An aggressive game from Thiem saw him pull to within 5-4 after he struck two aces and two groundstroke winners.

Serving for the match, Zverev went ahead 15-0 before Thiem struck an inside out down the line forehand wide to trail 30-0.

The German committed a forehand error to reach 30-15 before striking a crosscourt forehand winner to set up double match point at 40-15.

Thiem sent a backhand return long to end the match after one hour and 18 minutes of play.

The 21 year old Zverev, who dominated the Madrid tournament, did not drop a set or face a breakpoint all week.

The German will defend his 2017 Rome championship tournament victory this week as the defending champion.

"Hopefully I can continue this kind of streak in Rome," he said.

"Winning two titles in two weeks is great. Winning a Masters, another Masters, is unbelievable. But before the French Open, there's still Rome where I'm the defending champion.

"Obviously, I didn't get broken one time [in Madrid]. But I don't think I faced break points in the whole tournament. For me, this is an amazing stat to know in the back of my mind."


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