A demonstration of authority and superiority: this is what Alexander Zverev showed to make it through to the Mutua Madrid Open final after a week in which he has yet to lose a set. The German world number three needed just 57 minutes to see off the #NextGenATP Canadian Denia Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1.
In an out of sorts start to 2018 following a previous year that saw him win five ATP World Tour titles, Zverev has lost three times to players well outside of the top 50. However the German is starting to turn things around. Following the Miami Open presentes by Itaú, he got to the semis of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, won the BMW Open by FWU and has now reached the final at the Caja Mágica.
Zverev, it is safe to say, is in a rich vein of form. “It was great, a really good match.l,” said the second seed. “Obviously it’s not easy to play against Denis, he’s a great player with a lot of talent. Hopefully he continues to get better and there’s more matches like the one we had tonight in the future.”
In Madrid he will play in his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final after those he played in Rome and Montreal (both 2017) and Miami (2018).
If Zverev were to defeat Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final, he would become just the third active player to have won at least three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Whole Zverev and Shapovalov are just 21 and 19 respectively, this is nothing new for them, having previously met in the Rogers Cup last year, where the German went on to win the trophy.