Austria's Dominic Thiem admitted that Alexander Zverev was the better player in their Madrid Masters semifinal clash. Zverev, seeded at No. 5, beat Thiem 6-3 6-4 to make his second Madrid Masters final. Zverev saved a break point in the third game of the match, before breaking Zverev in the following game.
Zverev then routinely served out for the first set in the ninth game. Zverev then claimed back-to-back breaks early on in the second set to take a 4-1 lead. Thiem got one break back and reduced the deficit to 4-3 but that was all as Zverev served out for the match in the 10th game.
"I mean, it was just not enough against Sascha, who played well I think. I think if you, for example, look back on the last game, he served 227, 228. You cannot do too much. He was just the better player today. I 100% accept that," Thiem said, per Tennis Now.
Thiem was playing his first tournament in two months and he wasn't at his best in Madrid. "Some of the strokes, they need a little improvement. But I'm very optimistic that every week I'm playing now it's going 2 improve.
Especially 4 the confidence it was important to get a great result here. I'm happy that I think I'm on the right track," Thiem said, per Chris Oddo.
Thiem happy with his week
"In general I'm super happy with the week.
I would have never expected to be in the semifinals, to play in the semifinals a player like him. I cannot complain about anything," Thiem claimed. The head-to-head record between the two still stands on Thiem's way as the Austrian leads 8-3.
"We have had some fantastic matches. We have played the biggest matches in the world. We have played Masters 1000 finals, we have played Grand Slam finals and [the rivalry] is still developing,” Zverev said in his post-match interview.
“It is still going to go on for a few more years. Hopefully we will play a few more amazing matches”. Zverev won the Madrid Masters in 2018 and now he is hoping to win his second title at the tournament. "It is going to mean a lot to me [if I can win the final].
I am definitely looking forward to it,” Zverev said. “I am definitely looking forward to playing another big final and I hope I can turn it my way this time”.