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'Beating Rafael Nadal in his house is incredible,' says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev - closing in on big three

Alexander Zverev outclassed Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters before declaring it one of the biggest wins of his career.

The German came into the match looking impressive, particular given the conditions in Madrid that is favouring big servers.

Zverev made the most of those conditions too, winning 82% of points behind his first serve en-route to a 6-4, 6-4 success.

It was Zverev's first win on clay over Nadal, and books him a semi-final clash against Dominic Thiem.

“Yeah definitely one of the biggest wins of my career so far,” Zverev said in his on-court interview.

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“I mean especially on clay against Rafa, as I said, it’s the toughest thing to do in our sport.

“Beating him in ‘his house’ as you said, in Spain, is incredible.

"But the tournament is not over yet and I’m looking forward to [facing] Thiem who is another great clay court player.”

Nadal's defeat sees his quest to win a sixth Madrid Masters come to an end. Zverev, meanwhile, is still in the hunt for a second title after winning it in 2018.

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