Zverev blitzes Shapovalov to set up Madrid final with Thiem

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"I don't think what's gonna happen here gonna make a big impact on what can happen in two weeks".

This was the same kind of intensity that saw Zverev through to victory at the 2018 BMW Open earlier in May, and he picked up where he left off in the second set, breaking Thiem at the first opportunity. I am No. 3 in the race of the year, which is the most important thing. That definitely fits me. "My concentration just didn't feel like it was there today".

In doing so, she took her landmark third title, surpassing the two each won by Serena Williams and Simona Halep in Madrid, which established a women's section in 2009. I was 0-6 before today.

"In the third set (.) I was really thinking that I can't do it anymore".

Twelfth seed Sam Querrey was upset 6-2 7-6 (9/7) by Germany's Peter Gojowczyk while other first-round winners were Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock and Italian wild card Lorenzo Sonego.

Zverev Feeling Comfortable On Clay Again So much for feeling the pressure to repeat.

The 21-year-old Zverev will face Austria's Dominic Thiem, the man who knocked out Rafael Nadal in the last-eight, in Sunday's championship match.

Thiem said of the match-up: "Against Sascha, we've played five times already". 'I was keeping my level up from yesterday, so that was a great thing. The Canadian also picked up what has to be one of his career highlights, beating top countryman Milos Raonic in straight sets. It is a very bad start.

"I should [have] been playing better than what I did". Started maybe reading his serve a little bit better. And I think that makes it just slightly more hard to beat him there. He was immediately in the offense.

"Murray is unsafe, but Federer has impressed me the most on the surface". It was still a good week.

"He always had position to move around and to play a good shot, to strike the ball in a comfortable position", Nadal said. I will learn from it. Sock's Madrid campaign ended in a final set loss - featuring anger and a bagel - to Pablo Cuevas, and his general level this season has been very poor indeed. But Thiem managed to get back into contention and won through 2-6 7-6 6-4.

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