Arriving to the tournament late and playing matches until gone midnight failed to derail Alexander Zverev’s emphatic run to the Madrid Open title.
The German world No.3 dispatched of Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-4, in just 78 minutes on Sunday to clinch the title. Hitting 15 winners to 12 unforced errors. Capitalizing on an error-stricken performance from his Austrian rival, which featured 21 mistakes. It was a dream end to what has been a near-perfect tournament for Zverev. Behind his serve, he has held all 48 of his service games. Facing just one break point in the entire tournament.
“So far it’s been pretty good for me on clay this year. Hopefully I can continue this kind of streak in Rome.” Zverev said during his press conference. “Obviously the altitude fits me a little bit with my serve, with how I play, with me playing a little bit more aggressive than maybe others. That definitely fits me.”
Zverev’s victory has inevitably triggered hype surrounding his chances at the upcoming French Open that will get underway later this month. Grand slam events continues to be an Achilles heel for the German. He is yet to reach the quarter-finals at any major with his best run being to the last 16 at Wimbledon last year.
The conditions at Roland Garros are not the same as Madrid. The Spanish capital located 667M above sea level (632 meters more than Paris). Meaning the speed of the ball travels quicker in what is a benefit to the bigger hitting players on the tour. Although there is a pattern forming amongst the winners at the Caja Magica. Since 2009, when the tournament moved to clay courts, the winner went on to reach the semifinals or better at Roland Garros during the same season.
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