Alexander Zverev stayed in control against good friend Dominic Thiem, with the German earning a place in his second Madrid Masters final on Saturday 6-3, 6-4.

The victory in 97 minutes over Austria’s world No. 4 was a re-run of last autumn’s US Open title match won by Thiem; Zverev claimed the crown here over Thiem in 2018..

Zverev will face off on Sunday in the eighth Masters 1000 final of his career against either Norway’s Casper Ruud or Italian eighth seed Matteo Berrettini.

The winner, who upset Rafael Nadal in the quarters and who has not lost a set all week, trailed Thiem 8-2 in their series before his victory.

“We have a good rivalry – but it’s mainly him kicking my ass most of the time,” Zverev joked. 

“I’m happy to get this one, it’s fantastic. We’ve always played in the biggest finals in the world – Masters 1000s, Grand Slams. 

“The rivalry is still developing, it will hopefully go on for more years. I hope to have many  more amazing matches with Dominic.”

Zverev broke three times from 11 chances and finished with 25 winners and 22 unforced errors.

The fifth seed had lost his last four matches to Thiem.

Zverev said wind made play a challenge. “Conditions were difficult, the ball was flying. It was not easy but I’m happy with this win.

“I’m looking forward to the next match,”  the former Madrid winner said. “It’s great to be playing another big final.”

Zverev stands 14-2 in Madrid, his most successful Masters venue.

Main photo:- Sascha Zverev on his way to 8th Masters 1000 final – by ATPTour.com

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