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Dominic Thiem [5] v Alexander Zverev [2] | Preview & Prediction — ATP Madrid Final

Dominic Thiem [5] v Alexander Zverev [2] | Preview & Prediction — ATP Madrid Final

Nadal lost the points he had accumulated between January and March in 2017 due to the injury this year.

Nadal will lose his world No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer because of the defeat.

For Dominic Thiem, Sunday's Mutua Madrid Open final against Alexander Zverev will be a chance to become a fully-fledged member of the game's current elite.

Gunter Bresnik is proud for Dominic Thiem " s win over Rafael Nadal in Madrid. "Normally it's the opposite, when you win more you have less pressure".

But Zverev was ultimately too strong in the night session on Manolo Santana and he will now take on Thiem, after the Austrian took Kevin Anderson out earlier on Saturday. Having said this, it's hard to give much respect to this record - on three occasions, Zverev was ranked outside the top 40, and Zverev has never played Thiem as a top 20 player.

Champions League finalists Real Madrid meanwhile had both Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio lending their support to main attraction on the clay court - Rafael Nadal.

He returned to Tour action only in April, winning the Monte Carlo title for an 11th time before rolling through the draw in Barcelona for his 11th triumph there. Thiem improved to 10-2 in Madrid and is seeking his first win since the Argentina Open in February. "Now, I'm in the final again, which is fantastic to me".

The 21-year-old third seed was clinical as he trounced erratic Canadian Shapovalov, two years his junior, 6-4 6-1 in less than an hour on centre court. This is the reality of this year.

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"You can not be number one when you've been not playing for five months", he said.

"I think I placed myself in a good position".

"I was keeping my level up from yesterday, so that was a great thing".

Given this, and the fact that Sock has not performed well on clay for several years now, I'm surprised to see Ferrer as big as [1.91].

A tight second set burst into life in the 10th game after the incident which saw Edmund engage in a furious exchange with the umpire over a point he considered could have cost him the match. These are three months or more given away.

"A player like Dominic has a lot of potential. I don't think it's that way", Nadal, who also beat Thiem en route to the Roland Garros title a year ago, told reporters. I am No. 3 in the race of the year, which is the most important thing. But then when you step (into) the shot again, you are just trying to hit the return, you play the rally, the serves, whatever. "This is the reality", Nadal added.

Nadal's most recent title in Rome came in 2013.

"Talking about No. 1, of course I prefer to be No. 1 than 2, and No. 3 than 5".


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