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After shocking Nadal, Thiem reaches final

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Zverev truly played within himself, and Thiem was just either too passive or not effective enough in the big points to try and make a different. But before the French Open, there's still Rome where I'm the defending champion.

Zverev is now one of five active players to have won three, the others being Roger Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Zverev got a measure of revenge in Beijing in October of that year, defeating Thiem 4-6 6-1 6-3.

(1) Nadal looking at a quarterfinal rematch with (6) Thiem from last week in Madrid...

Rafael Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat in nearly a year on Friday, when the world No. 1 was shocked 7-5, 6-3 by Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.

Thiem vs Zverev will not start before 6:30 pm local time, 9 pm IST and 4:30 pm BST.

"Of course, the loss of last week doesn't help me for Roland Garros".

But the Austrian was outplayed, and over-powered, by Zverev, who collects his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, the most prestigious tier of knock-out tournament beneath the four Grand Slams.

"Winning two titles in two weeks is great". Nonetheless, Sunday's final promises to be a cracker of a contest as two of the most exciting young players on the circuit go head-to-head in the Spanish capital.

"Obviously I didn't get broken one time (in Madrid)", Zverev said. Zverev dismissed Miami Open presented by Itau champion John Isner and #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively."I'm playing quite well".

"Rafa is the favourite, no matter where he plays, on a clay court", Zverev said.

It condemned Thiem to defeat in the final for the second consecutive year having lost to Spain's Rafael Nadal in 2017. Thiem has won eight of his last 10 matches on clay court.

"But, you know, after 14 years being in the position that I have been fighting for, important things, I can lose, I can win".

"Of course I am disappointed", Nadal said. "Almost everything worked out".

Thiem obviously has the edge over Zverev based on the head to head history and the 3-0 record against him on clay. Another good showing on Sunday would place Thiem alongside Juan Martin del Potro as first-time Masters 1000 titlists in 2018. "To be honest, I thought also myself that I was pretty far away before this week started".

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