Nadal not brooding on Thiem loss

ATP Madrid- Friday schedule Nadal Thiem headlines the day

The 21-year-old stretched his run of consecutive set wins to 18 with his 6-4 6-4 success, which follows on from his triumph on clay at the BMW Open in Munich last week.

"I would say probably now, besides Roger and Rafa, he's the best", Thiem said.

Just one week on from lifting the BWM Open, second seed Zverev made it nine straight wins on the dirt to clinch a third career Masters 1000 title - the fifth active player to achieve such a haul. "Whenever he plays really well, it's very hard to stop him", admitted Nadal.

Ranked third in the world, Zverev is yet to transfer his talent and success in Masters events to Grand Slams, however, where his best result remains reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon past year.

Zverev, who earned a first win over Thiem on clay, was a deserving victor and will now turn his attention to Rome and the Internazionali d'Italia.

Although he had to fight back from two game points down in the last game of the first set, once he had broken Thiem's serve in the first game of the second, he rarely looked like he would cede the lead.




"Well, three weeks ago I beat him 6-0, 6-3".

Concern about fatigue applies to all the top players; especially Rafael Nadal. It was very important I went in with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win.

Anderson, the 31-year-old US Open runner-up last year, hit 15 aces and 35 winners.

Zverev has always been marked out as a future star of the men's game after his impressive 6-4 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday.

Zverev defeated John Isner 6-4, 7-5 to gain revenge for his defeat to the American in the Miami Masters final in April. Bertens had already stunned world number two Caroline Wozniacki and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova earlier in the week.

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