Alexander Zverev, who is ranked as the world number three, was able to claim his third Masters title by overcoming Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open final. The German was able to come away with a 6-4 6-4 victory over the world number seven. The Austrian was comprehensively beaten in the game by the 21-year-old from Germany, who did not drop even a single set throughout the tournament. Thiem was able to reach the final last season too, but he was relatively confident coming into the game after having overcome Rafael Nadal on the way. However, Zverev was a different league with regards to form. Zverev was extremely comfortable win against to a range of shots while his opponent was going through an exact opposite.
The first breakpoint opportunity led to an advantage for Zverev. There were a few nervous moments for the 21-year-old – like when he was trailing 0-30 in the first set – but he was able to come away with a lot of success. Almost immediately, he came away with five points in the next six to assert his superiority in the game.
Zverev will be extremely happy that he was able to break the dominance exerted by Thiem when it comes to the recent head-to-head meetings. The 24-year-old from Austria never really threatened in the game – especially when it comes to enforcing break points in the game.
As a result of the success, the German joins the list of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic when it comes to winning three or more Masters 1000 titles. Zverev will now head to Rome looking to defend his title next week. The 21-year-old has admitted that it would be quite incredible to win two major titles in as many weeks. After having not dropped a set throughout the tournament, Zverev will be hopeful of a strong performance in Rome.