‘Dominic Thiem usually kicks my ass, so I’m happy to win this one,’ says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev said he was happy to get the better of Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters semi-finals.

Zverev and Thiem met for the 11th time in their careers on Saturday, with Zverev putting in a highly impressive performance to secure a 6-3, 6-3 win.

It was only his third success over the Austrian, and he will now get a chance to play for the title against Matteo Berrettini in the final.

After the match, though, Zverev said it’s a rivalry he hopes has plenty of matches left in it.

“Well, [it’s] a rivalry where he kicks my ass most of the time, so I’m quite happy to get this one,” Zverev said.

“But yeah, we had some fantastic matches. We played the biggest matches in the world. We played Masters finals, Grand Slam finals.

“It’s still developing and it’s still going to go on for a few more years hopefully, and hopefully we’ll play a few more amazing matches.

“It was a little bit of a weirder match than against Rafa. The conditions were extremely difficult, it was extremely windy today.

“Last year, we didn’t get many chances [to play Masters 1000 events]. I played a final in Paris but it’s going to mean a lot to me. I’m looking forward to playing another big final.”

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