Alexander Zverev has admitted that he will have his last defeat to Dominic Thiem in mind when he faces him in the Madrid semi-final but says he knows he can beat him.
Zverev stunned Rafael Nadal by beating him in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the Madrid quarterfinal on Friday.
In doing so, he set up a semi-final clash with Dominic Thiem, for what will be their first re-match since their five set battle at the 2020 US Open.
Zverev seemed to have the match within his grasp winning the first two sets, when Thiem staged a resurgence eventually winning his first Grand Slam title.
The two have not played each other since but it is safe to say that Zverev goes into the match with much more court time on his side, while this is Thiem’s first tournament back after taking two months off to ‘reset’.
Thiem is 8-2 up in their head to head encounters, in fact Zverev has only managed to beat the Austrian once on a clay surface, which was at this very tournament back in 2018.
But despite this, the German believes he can win.
“I mean, I know that I can do it,” Zverev said in his post-match interview on the subject of beating Thiem.
“I think everybody remembers the US Open final that we played. I remember it, certainly.
“It’s still gonna be somewhere in the back of my mind when we play tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the match.”
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