Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Madrid Open: Dominic Thiem reaches second final with victory over Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem vs. Kevin Anderson 2018 Madrid Masters Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction
| 13 May, 2018, 01:09

Dominic Thiem backed up his shock victory over Rafael Nadal with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 beating of Kevin Anderson to book his place in the Madrid Open final. Switzerland's Roger Federer takes over at No. 1, but Nadal can reclaim the crown if he wins the title in Rome in his next event.

"Of course I am disappointed", Nadal said. The South African admitted he could have been influenced by it, but 'I did a good job then because I didn't really think of it too much. "This is a lot of months given away to the other players", he said. "I found I was very happy with how I played from the baseline, returning serving, so all in all it was a good performance".

With his one victory, Thiem delivered a triple-punch to Nadal.

Austria's Dominic Thiem (R) is congratulated by Rafael Nadal (L) of Spain after winning their quarter final match of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 11 May 2018.

"I had to really increase my level compared to Monte Carlo to beat Rafa here", Thiem said.

"I think a very important thing also was today that I went in with the attitude that I can beat him".

"I moved well [and] I was physically tough". You get out of breath. He had done it in Rome by being very aggressive with few mistakes.


"To be honest, I thought also myself that I was pretty far away before this week started".

His shirt drenched in sweat, Nadal looked stunned in the second set when he sent four serves in a row into the net for back-to-back double faults before he ceded another break to go down 2-1. A routine forehand was sent into the net to hand Thiem a break point, which he took courtesy of a fierce forehand that Nadal couldn't handle.

The 27-year-old Lajovic from Belgrade, ranked 95th in the world, had achieved a stunning upset of Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro 3/6; 6/4; 7/6in the preceding round and the fatigue of the Del Potro match lingered.

Thiem, the runner-up to Nadal in the 2017 Madrid final and still chasing a maiden Masters title, will face either German second seed Alexander Zverev or Denis Shapovalov of Canada in Sunday's championship match.

Zverev will carry a seven-match winning streak into Saturday's clash.

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