Alexander Zverev established himself as a French Open contender after Sunday’s 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Madrid Masters.

The German fifth seed duplicated his 2018 trophy in the Spanish capital, winning in two and three-quarter hours as he beat his third straight Top 10 opponent after Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Zverev now owns four titles at the elite Masters 1000 level and heads to next week’s Rome event in a commanding position.

“I feel great, especially after losing my last three Masters finals,” the fifth-seeded winner said.

“This is very special, I want to enjoy this one. I had not played a big server like Matteo this week.

“It was a different match for me but I’m extremely happy right now.”

Zverev is hoping to carry his momentum forward to Rome and into Roland Garros, starting a week late on May 30 due to COVID precautions.

“I hope I can perform in the same way as I did here,” the winner said. “I feel awesome,”

Zverev staged his fight back after Berrettini won the opening set which lasted for well over an hour.

The German added another Madrid honour to his Acapulco title from earlier this season.

He finished with 16 winners and 32 unforced errors but took advantage of the 50 unforced errors off the Berrettini racquet. 

Zverev moved into winning position with a break for 3-2 in the final set; Berrettini saved a match point four games later with a forehand winner to the corner but fell as sent a backhand wide on Zverev’s second winning chance.

Main photo:- Alexander Zverev wins his second Madrid Masters ©


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