Victory in the semifinal against Tsitsipas
Zverev plays against the favorites in the final
Alexander Zverev can defend his title in Madrid after reaching the final. But it won’t be an easy task. After Nadal, his opponent also kicked world number one Djokovic out of the tournament.
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev reached the final of the Madrid tennis tournament. The title holder prevailed over the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 2 early Sunday morning and at the same time took revenge for the semi-final in Monte Carlo three weeks ago.
Zverev used his first balloon at 01.09 local time after 1:53 hours. In the final, the German number one will face Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday. The young Spanish star had previously defeated Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic in 3:35 hours in the first semifinal 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 5 and 7: 6 (7: 5).
Zverev showed a very solid performance against Tsitsipas. In the first set he used his first break to lead 4: 3 and got the first round after just 34 minutes. After that, the Hamburg native slowed down a bit and made a few double mistakes. Tsitsipas uses it to balance sentences. But at the beginning of the third section, Zverev was back. The third in the world rankings managed to pull away quickly and did not let the command be taken away.
Djokovic praises Alcaraz
Alcaraz had previously emphasized his current outstanding form and did not let world number one Djokovic stop him in his triumphal march in his home country Spain. In the previous round he had already eliminated his great idol Rafael Nadal. This makes him the first professional tennis player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in a clay court tournament.
“It gives me a lot of confidence for Sunday’s final,” said the Spaniard. Djokovic paid tribute to the young star after the match. “For someone his age, he plays very mature and fearless, it’s impressive,” said the world number one.