Angry and frustration as Edmund's run comes to an end — Madrid Open

Kevin Anderson ends Masters 1000 hoodoo to await Rafael Nadal in Madrid

Zverev defeated Shapovalov at the semifinal stage of the Rogers Cup in August, and the second meeting between the players ended in the same fashion on Saturday.

Shapovalov had lost to Zverev in the Montreal Masters semi-finals a year ago and before this week had never won a main tour clay-court match.

Interesting starts for (15) Berdych vs. Shapovalov who is finding his footing on clay, (6) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Monfils victor, (3) Dimitrov vs. Nishikori, (13) Sock vs. the former French runner-up Ferrer, the struggling (11) Djokovic vs.

Nadal is the defending champion and a 10-time victor at Roland Garros.

Nadal's loss came a day after he won an incredible 50 consecutive sets on clay to break John McEnroe's record of 49 sets won in a row on a single surface.

The rangy South African had already broken his Masters quarter-final duck (on his 11 attempt no less) but could go no further as Thiem backed up his stunning win over Rafael Nadal on Thursday. He beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets: 7-5, 6-3 ending the latter's terrific run at the clay court. But both records began after his defeat by Thiem in Rome last year-a rare achievement indeed.

Zverev pocketed the opening game thanks to a double-fault and then, was never really thrown into a challenge throughout. You're talking about a guy who has given his opponents a combined one break point in his last four matches, and that one chance wasn't converted.

Nonetheless, Zverev has transformed into a consistent player on tour, taking down big names at will, ever since. A love hold, this time with forehand winners, threw the pressure back at Nadal, and the home hero saved the first match point but not the second. The most recent match was in Rotterdam of past year, a match Thiem won in three sets.

"I just couldn't maintain my level from the match against Rafa and the match yesterday against Anderson", No. 7 Thiem said. Zverev's superb week here in Madrid has considerably boosted his clay data, and now, he looks slightly better than Thiem on clay, on that basis. Not to mention he's had the most career success on clay and just beat Nadal, who was the overwhelming favorite to win this tournament.

Vazquez was tested in the semi-finals against Bayern Munich and will hope he has done enough to convince boss Zinedine Zidane. "I tried to fight back but I wasn't good enough and he was better".

Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 17 games to decide.

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