Thiem Returns To Madrid Masters Final

MADRID, May 12, 2018

Dominic Thiem secured his first win over Kevin Anderson in the pair’s seventh meeting to reach the final of the Mutua Madrid Open. The 24-year-old Austrian won 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Thiem saved all three break points he faced, converting three of his eight own chances to prevail after one hour and 25 minutes. The No. 5 seed advanced to the title match at the Caja Mágica for the second straight year, continuing his quest for a maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

“It gave me a huge boost of confidence. That’s for sure,” Thiem said of his quarterfinal win over Nadal on Friday. “But at the same time, it was a completely different matchup today. There was also the fact that I never beat him. It was 0-6 before today. Some things were a little bit shaky.

“I was keeping my level up from yesterday, so that was a great thing. The way I started was also well. Even though I played really different, I was returning very far back today. Yeah, almost everything worked out. To beat him 4 and 2, it’s a very good result.”

In his second ATP Masters 1000 final Thiem will take on either No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev or #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who will go head-to-head later in the evening.