Zverev sees off Thiem to reach Madrid Open final
Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates beating Austria's Dominic Thiem during their 2021 ATP Tour Madrid Open tennis tournament.
Alexander Zverev produced an impressive display to beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Saturday and book his spot in the Madrid Open final, where he will face either Casper Ruud or Matteo Berrettini.
"It is going to mean a lot to me (if I can win the final) I am definitely looking forward to it," said the 24-year-old Zverev, bidding to win the title without dropping a set, as he did three years ago.
The Austrian third seed will now turn his attentions to Rome next week and then the French Open which starts later this month, where he is also a two-time runner-up.
The tournament has seen a welcome return to form for Zverev, who had won only two matches in his previous three events since lifting the Acapulco title in March.
The world number six will be a strong favourite in Sunday's final, against either Norway's Ruud or Italian eighth seed Berrettini.
"We have played Masters 1000 finals, we have played Grand Slam finals and (the rivalry) is still developing.
"It is still going to go on for a few more years. Hopefully we will play a few more amazing matches."
Zverev started strongly at the Caja Magica, saving a break point to lead 2-1 before breaking in the following game at the fourth opportunity.
He only dropped three more points on serve as he comfortably closed out the opening set, before piling the pressure on Thiem early in the second.
He managed to get one of the breaks back and then held serve in a marathon game to cut the deficit to 4-3.