ATP Madrid: Alexander Zverev edges Matteo Berrettini for fourth Masters 1000 title



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ATP Madrid: Alexander Zverev edges Matteo Berrettini for fourth Masters 1000 title

Alexander Zverev claimed the second Madrid Open crown in the last three editions and the fourth Masters 1000 title in a career, beating Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 40 minutes. In the previous rounds, the German ousted Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, not playing that well against Berrettini but still doing enough to overcome the deficit and cross the finish line first.

It was the third victory for Zverev over Berrettini in four encounters, winning nine points more and fending off two out of three break chances to keep the pressure on the other side of the net. Matteo got broken four times from eight opportunities offered to the German, hitting 32 winners and 50 unforced errors to spoil his chances in the first Masters 1000 final.

Zverev didn't risk that much, finishing the encounter with 16 winners and 28 unforced errors, hitting a service winner in 25% of the points and overpowering Berrettini in the shortest range up to four strokes to seal the deal and lift the trophy.

The opening set turned into an open war that lasted for almost 70 minutes and saw set point for both players. The second game offered five deuces and a break chance for Zverev, who wasted it and missed the opportunity to forge an early advantage.

Berrettini scored the first break at 3-3 following a deep return that Zverev failed to control, staying in touch only for a couple of minutes, as the German broke back in the next game following an extended rally.

Alexander Zverev claimed the fourth Masters 1000 title in Madrid.

Both players served well in the last four games to set up a tie break, with Matteo opening a 5-0 advantage.

Staying calm, Alexander saved two set points at 4-6, taking six of the last seven points to gather momentum. Berrettini saved a set point at 6-7 and seized the fourth set point at 9-8 with a service winner for a massive boost.

Raising his level, Alexander dropped seven points in the second set's five service games, hoping for chances on the return and seizing it at 4-4 when Berrettini hit a double fault. The German held at 30 in game ten to secure the set and become a favorite ahead of the decider.

Zverev saved a break point at 1-2 with a forehand winner and moved in front with a break at 2-2 that turned to be crucial. Alexander held at 30 in game six and opened a 5-3 gap with a hold at love after forcing Matteo's mistake. Returning at 5-3, Zverev grabbed the second match point after Berrettini's backhand mistake to celebrate the crown.