Who Said What? Madrid & Rome Edition

From goalkeeper and salad ingredient comparisons to a McDonald’s confession, ATP Tour players have shared memorable quotes these past two weeks from Madrid and Rome.

Can you remember who said what? Was it Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils who enjoyed a recent reunion with Andy Murray at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia? Who called it “one of the biggest wins of my career” to beat Rafael Nadal “in his house” at the Mutua Madrid Open

Take the quiz and prove how much you remember! (We won’t set a timer on this one, in case you want to do a little bit of research… 😉)

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Ruud Breaks Into Top 20 For First Time, Mover Of Week

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Norway’s Casper Ruud has broken into the Top 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time.

ATPTour.com looks at the top Movers of the Week in the FedEx ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 10 May 2021

No. 16 Casper Ruud, +6 (Career High)
The Norwegian has broken into the Top 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time at a career-high No. 16, following his run to the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals (l. to Berrettini). It was his third straight ATP Masters 1000 clay-court semi-final appearance (also 2020 Rome, 2021 Monte-Carlo). The 22-year-old began the 2021 season at No. 27

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No. 22 Cristian Garin, +3
The Chilean sits four places off his career-high of No. 18 after he reached his second Masters 1000 quarter-final in Madrid (l. to Berrettini). Garin, 24, defeated Fernando Verdasco, Dominik Koepfer and Daniil Medvedev en route to the last eight.

No. 34 John Isner, +5
The big-serving American, who hit 100+ aces at a clay-court tournament for a third time, beat Roberto Bautista Agut and World No. 7 Andrey Rublev to reach the Madrid quarter-finals (l. to Thiem). The 36-year-old moves up five places to No. 34.

No. 61 Alexei Popyrin, +15 (Career High)
The Australian won through Madrid qualifying and beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Jannik Sinner, before falling to Rafael Nadal in the third round. This year’s Singapore Tennis Open titlist jumps 15 positions to a career-high No. 61 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

No. 64 Federico Delbonis, +13
The former World No. 33, who also qualified in the Spanish capital reached the third round (l. to Berrettini), rises 13 spots to No. 64.

Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, +1
No. 9 Matteo Berrettini, +1
No. 40 Alexander Bublik, +4 (Career High)
No. 84 Marcos Giron, +7
No. 100 Marco Cecchinato, +4

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Zverev Closes On Djokovic, Medvedev In Race

Alexander Zverev enjoyed a tremendous week at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he defeated Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini to lift his second trophy at the Caja Magica. But not only does the German depart the Spanish capital with a trophy, he is in the thick of the battle in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, which will determine the eight competitors at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin from 14-21 November.

Zverev arrived in Madrid eighth in the Race, but he has soared into fifth, hot on the heels of third-placed Novak Djokovic and fourth-placed Daniil Medvedev. Zverev now trails Djokovic by only 250 points, and he is within 150 points of Medvedev leading into the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

FedEx ATP Race To Turin Standings

 Player  Points
 1. Stefanos Tsitsipas  2,930
 2. Andrey Rublev  2,580
 3. Novak Djokovic  2,320
 4. Daniil Medvedev    2,220
 5. Alexander Zverev  2,070
 6. Aslan Karatsev  1,595
 7. Hubert Hurkacz  1,450
 8. Matteo Berrettini  1,355
 9. Jannik Sinner  1,265
 10. Rafael Nadal  1,220

“I just won a Masters. It’s my fourth one. I’m happy with that. That’s for me one of the most important things right now,” Zverev said. “Obviously I want to be happy for about 30 seconds, then obviously Rome is next. There [are] still big tournaments coming up.”

The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion is trying to qualify for the season finale for the fifth consecutive year. The player Zverev beat in the Madrid final, Berrettini, has also clawed his way into contention.

The Italian No. 1 is now in eighth place in the Race, 90 points clear of countryman Jannik Sinner, who reached the Miami final earlier this year. Berrettini qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in 2019.

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Earlier in the year, the Rome native struggled with an abdominal injury. But after winning a title in Belgrade and making his impressive run to the Madrid final, Berrettini has put himself in a good position in the Race, and he is focussed on continuing to improve.

“Obviously everybody looks at the Race, but it’s too soon now,” Berrettini said. “The most important thing is to be healthy. Once I’m healthy, I can reach my best level. I think this week just showed that I can play [at] this level.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost against Casper Ruud in the third round at the Caja Magica, still leads the Race with 2,930 points. Andrey Rublev, who also fell in the third round, remains second with 2,580 points.

One of the week’s biggest climbers was semi-finalist Dominic Thiem, who soared 34 places to 22nd after his first tournament since Dubai. The Austrian star has made the championship match at the Nitto ATP Finals in each of the past two seasons.

How Zverev Critically Tamed Berrettini's Slice In The Madrid Final

Crunch time roared to life with Alexander Zverev serving at break point at 1-2 in the third set of the Mutua Madrid Open final against Matteo Berrettini on Sunday. The match was two hours and 11 minutes old and everything that came before this moment was simply the prelude.

In a pivotal two-game sequence at 1-2 in the third set, Zverev initially imploded with two double faults and he strategically struggled figuring out what to do with Berrettini’s wicked crosscourt backhand slice. But from break point down at 1-2, 40/Ad, Zverev won seven of the next eight points to suddenly find himself up a break at 3-2 in the decider. He was not threatened again, pulling away for a 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 victory to claim his second Madrid title.

A key to Zverev’s impressive turnaround early in the third set was how he tactically adjusted to Berrettini’s slice backhand, intelligently countering with his feet more than his racquet. Overall, Berrettini hit 210 forehands from the back of the court and just 127 backhands, with many of them struck with severe backspin, crossing the net like a frozen rope. They bounced low, staying below Zverev’s strike zone, making them almost impossible to attack. Berrettini loves this backhand slice, as his opponent typically has to play defence off of it, and the slower ball that returns allows him ample time to feast on run-around forehands in the Ad court. 

With Zverev serving at 1-2, 40/30, Berrettini hit one of his signature laser-beam backspin crosscourt backhands that Zverev boldly tried to attack with an inside-in forehand down the line. The heavy backspin dragged his low, offensive forehand straight into the net. It was a risky play for Zverev that didn’t pay off, also giving Berrettini confidence that this specific shot would be a valuable asset as he tried to close out the match.

Berrettini went to the backhand slice a few points later with Zverev serving at Ad/40. The German saw it coming early and quickly moved forward in the Ad court to make sure that it would not get too low on him again. The pressure of moving forward also served to shrink the target area for Berrettini. If the backhand landed short, Zverev would already be there for it. The Italian was forced to try to attempt to hit it deeper, pressuring the error in the net.

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This same dynamic happened on the very next point, which was the opening point of Berrettini’s service game at 2-2. Zverev saw the backhand slice coming and quickly scurried forward towards the baseline to make sure it would not get too low. Berrettini saw Zverev improve his court position and changed direction down the line at the last minute and missed it badly in the alley.

It was the kind of miss that shakes your confidence. It’s amazing to think Zverev took away a strength of Berrettini’s game by simply improving his court position, moving closer to the baseline.

Berrettini went to his lethal slice again at 15/15, and Zverev quickly moved forward to take it early, this time hitting a high percentage forehand approach back behind Berrettini to the Italian’s backhand. The ensuing lob from the eighth seed went long. With the backhand slice quickly moving from an asset to a liability in this critical juncture of the match, Berrettini then tried to do more with his forehand and two wild errors followed on the next two points to gift the break.

Berrettini struck a lonely pose post-match as he sat on his chair shaking his head wondering how he got so close to victory but couldn’t finish. You can give all the credit to Zverev and his awareness to counter the backhand slice by moving up inside the baseline to take the low ball as high as possible before it became unplayable.

Victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat by Zverev’s court position and tactical counter-moves as much as anything else.

Berrettini: ‘This Loss Is Going To Be Useful’

Matteo Berrettini was unable to extend his eight-match winning streak and lift the biggest trophy of his career at the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday, but he believes his loss in the final against Alexander Zverev will benefit him in the future.

The eighth seed was one set from victory after clinching an 18-point first-set tie-break in dramatic fashion, but Zverev fought back and claimed three service breaks in the next two sets to win his second Madrid title and improve his record in the Spanish capital to 15-2. Berrettini, who was making his tournament debut in Madrid this week, is the only player to take a set off Zverev during the German’s two title runs at La Caja Magica.

“[To reach my first Masters 1000 final is an] unbelievable feeling. I’m really proud of myself [and] the work I’ve done, not just in the past months, but in my career so far,” Berrettini said. “I wasn’t one of the guys at 18, 19 or 20 [who] was thinking about these kinds of achievements. I really worked hard to be here.

“Now that I’m here, I’m upset I lost. It’s important for my tennis, for my level… Sascha won, not easily, but in two sets against Thiem and Rafa, and today [he] was struggling against me. This is definitely a good feeling and something that I have to use, to build [on] in my next tournaments. It hurts now, but I know this loss is going to be useful.”

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Following the match, Berrettini spoke with his team about his performance. The Italian was disappointed that he was unable to convert the first break point of the deciding set at 2-1, when Zverev escaped danger with a powerful serve and forehand combination, but he does not believe that he made any errors in his pursuit to join 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini as only the second Italian Masters 1000 titlist.

Italians are 0-2 in Masters 1000 finals this season. Jannik Sinner also finished as a runner-up at last month’s Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Hurkacz).

“[My team and I were] all upset. Obviously, I’m the most upset one,” Berrettini said. “I had a break point in the third [set]. I think he played really good. I returned a serve that was going 220[km/h] something. This is just tennis.

“I actually felt that in the first set, even though I was up a break, I wasn’t playing my best tennis. I was playing really good [at] the beginning of the second [set] and I couldn’t get the break… In the third [set], it was a fight. [I have] no regrets at all. I left it all [on the court].”

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Berrettini is keen to replicate his level in Madrid at the biggest events in the sport. The 25-year-old will have an opportunity to do just that next week, when he returns to his hometown event: the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

Berrettini will be making his fifth straight appearance at the Foro Italico, where he reached the quarter-finals last year (l. to Ruud). The four-time ATP Tour titlist will open his title bid against Munich champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“My goals are to play big and good in the big tournaments: [the] Grand Slams and Masters 1000s,” Berrettini said. “Obviously, [it] was a great win and great run also in Belgrade. We all know when you’re Top 10, when you reach a certain level, you want to win the big tournaments. This was my first final [at this level]. Hopefully, it’s not going to be my last.”

Zverev Completes Magical Madrid Run

Alexander Zverev earned his second Mutua Madrid Open title on Sunday when he defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 to lift his fourth ATP Masters 1000 trophy.

The fifth seed, who was unable to convert a set point at 7/6 in the first-set tie-break, claimed three service breaks in the next two sets to complete a memorable week at La Caja Magica with the trophy. Zverev overcame three consecutive Top 10 stars to claim the title, following earlier wins against five-time champion Rafael Nadal and two-time runner-up Dominic Thiem.

“It is great [to win this title], especially after losing my last three finals I played at Masters 1000 events,” Zverev said in his post-match interview. “This is definitely special and I just want to enjoy this one.”

This is the second time that the 24-year-old has posted three or more Top 10 wins at a single event, following his 2018 title run at the Nitto ATP Finals (4). Zverev had not won consecutive matches in three straight tournaments before arriving in the Spanish capital.

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Zverev’s victory ended a three-year Masters 1000 title drought for the German. The World No. 6 did not drop his serve en route to his first Madrid crown in 2018. Zverev owns a 15-2 record in Madrid, which represents his best win percentage (.882) across all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.

Zverev and Berrettini’s clash was the fourth straight Masters 1000 final to be contested by past or present #NextGenATP players. Since the #NextGenATP campaign began in 2016, with players born in 1995 or later, Zverev has won more tour-level titles than any other #NextGenATP alumnus. The 6’6” right-hander has lifted 15 ATP Tour titles, five trophies clear of second-placed Daniil Medvedev (10).

Recent ATP Masters 1000 Finals Between #NextGenATP Alumni

Event Champion (Age) Runner-Up (Age)
2021 Madrid Alexander Zverev (24) Matteo Berrettini (25)
2021 Monte-Carlo Stefanos Tsitsipas (22) Andrey Rublev (23)
2021 Miami Hubert Hurkacz (24) Jannik Sinner (19)
2020 Paris Daniil Medvedev (24) Alexander Zverev (23)

After trading breaks late in the first set, Berrettini overpowered Zverev to establish a 5/0 tie-break lead. Zverev made a remarkable comeback to earn set point at 7/6, but Berrettini played with aggression on his serve and forehand to escape danger. Four points later, the Italian fired another powerful serve out wide to convert his fourth set point.

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Zverev served with confidence and capitalised on a series of errors from his opponent at 4-4 in the second set to push the match to a decider, and he rode the momentum into the third set. The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion outlasted Berrettini in baseline rallies to break at 2-2 and he converted his second championship point when the eighth seed fired wide on an attempted crosscourt backhand.

“[Matteo’s] game style showed it all,” Zverev said. “I didn’t play anybody this week that can serve 235[km/h] on clay and serve 230km/h kick serves. It definitely was a different match and I am extremely happy right now.”

Zverev will now travel to Rome, where he will compete as the sixth seed at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The 15-time ATP Tour titlist has reached two finals in the Italian capital, highlighted by his maiden Masters 1000 triumph in 2017.

“Rome is also an event I like and enjoy, so I hope I can perform [in] the same way as I did here and we will see how it goes there. I feel awesome,” Zverev said.

Berrettini was aiming to join 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini as only the second Italian to win a Masters 1000 crown. The 25-year-old, who entered the Madrid final on an eight-match winning streak, defeated Fognini, Federico Delbonis, Cristian Garin and Casper Ruud en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. Berrettini has compiled an 8-2 record on clay this year since recovering from an abdominal injury he sustained at the Australian Open in February.

Granollers/Zeballos Fight Back For Madrid Doubles Crown

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos captured their third ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday with a comeback win in the Mutua Madrid Open final.

The third seeds denied second-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic their sixth trophy of the season with a 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory over 73 minutes. It avenged their semi-final loss at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters last month.

The Madrid final turned in the eighth game of the second set when Pavic let slip a 40/0 lead. Granollers and Zeballos, winners of four previous team titles, didn’t need a second invitation and kept points short in the Match Tie-break.

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“It was very beautiful to play in front of a crowd once again,” Zeballos said. “To hear fans shouting your name or applauding a nice point is always great and it fills you with pride. It’s been a great week and of course, winning the title feels even better. Madrid always has a great enthusiasm for sports and tennis in general, so I felt really comfortable this week and I’ve enjoyed it a lot.”

Mektic and Pavic, who had won this year’s Miami Open presented by Itau and Monte-Carlo crowns, were bidding to follow in the footsteps of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (2014) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (2016), who won the first three Masters 1000 tournaments of the season.

Granollers, ZeballosZeballos got caught on a low Pavic return at 1-2 in the first set and again by a deep Mektic return at 1-4. Pavic completed the 22-minute opener with a finely placed backhand wide of Granollers at the net.

The second set was more competitive, with the first break points in the eighth game. Pavic let slip a 40/0 lead and Granollers and Zeballos went on to clinch the second set. With good service placement in the Match Tie-break, they won five of six points from 3/3.

“These things happen in doubles,” Granollers said. “They were doing very, very well in the first set and didn’t give us any options. It seemed like we weren’t able to find a way to put them under pressure. But with the format of doubles, once you find your chance on the opponent’s serve you can take control of the match and then there’s a Match Tie-break. Even when it seems like you can’t find a way, you’re still alive in the match if you just hold serve. That’s what we tried to do and whenever they made a mistake, we tried to take advantage.

“I’m very pleased to win here in Madrid, it’s an incredible feeling. Winning here in 2019 [Davis Cup] and again today have been the most beautiful experiences of my career.”

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Granollers and Zeballos, now 5-3 in tour-level finals, have won two other Masters 1000 titles at the 2019 National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Montreal and at the 2020 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

Mektic and Pavic, who beat Granollers and Zeballos 3-6, 7-5, 10-4 in the Monte-Carlo semi-finals last month, have won 32 of their 36 matches in 2021.

“It was a great way to come back after losing the first set,” said Mektic. “It’s been another great week and another final.”

The Croatians have also captured trophies at the Antalya Open (d. Dodig/Polasek), Murray River Open in Melbourne (d. Chardy/Martin), the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Krawietz/Tecau), in addition to silverware at Miami and Monte-Carlo.

Berrettini Halts Ruud, Books Zverev Clash In Madrid Final

Eighth seed Matteo Berrettini is one match away from claiming the Mutua Madrid Open title in his tournament debut after taking down Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

After returning to the Tour with just one match under his belt since March, Berrettini has played himself into form after lifting the trophy at the Serbia Open in Belgrade. In his first appearance at La Caja Magica, the Italian has dropped just one set en route to becoming the first man from his country to reach the championship match.

“It’s a great, unbelievable feeling, especially coming from Monte-Carlo where I wasn’t feeling that good,” Berrettini said. “I won in Belgrade and now I’m in the final, so I’m really looking forward to playing against Sascha. I hope I enjoy it tomorrow the way I enjoyed tonight.”

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Berrettini will face fifth seed Alexander Zverev in the final as he seeks his first ATP Masters 1000 title, the biggest trophy of his career. The German owns a 2-1 lead in their ATP Head2Head, although they’ve split their clay court encounters 1-1.

“I saw him, he’s playing really good. He’s solid. He moves well. For his height, he’s really good. He serves well. I mean, he’s in the final. He beat Rafa [Nadal] and Dominic [Thiem], probably the best players on clay,” Berrettini said.

Second Shot Hit Points Berrettini v Ruud
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“It’s going to be a challenging match, but I’m in the finals. I guess the best two guys are going to play each other.”

Ruud, No. 22 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, had not dropped serve all week in Madrid and faced only one break point on his way to the final. But Berrettini’s firepower on the return had him under pressure throughout, and he finally surrendered his serve once in each set against the Italian.

“My serve is my weapon, but today I think I returned a lot and I put pressure on him,” Berrettini said. “I was just playing more aggressive. He’s kind of like me, he likes to run around the forehand and play with spin. But I guess today I was playing better than him.

“The other time he beat me, so it’s always a great fight against him. He [reached] three semi-finals in a row [also Monte-Carlo and Munich] so he was feeling confident. I guess that’s why I’m maybe even more happy with my win today.”

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The victory levelled Berrettini’s ATP Head2Head against Ruud at 2-2. The Norwegian claimed both of his previous victories on clay, including on the Italian’s home turf at last year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia where he won 7-6 in the third.

Contesting the last match of the night at Manolo Santana Stadium, Berrettini and Ruud settled into a tense servers’ battle with no break points on offer through the opening eight games. Berrettini stayed patient and took advantage of a shaky Ruud service game at 4-4 to grab the first break of the match, before serving out the set to love.

Berrettini attacked Ruud’s second serves, allowing him to win only 50 per cent (14/28) of those points. The Italian was the main aggressor, firing 24 winners – including 16 off the forehand wing – across an hour and 21 minutes, more than tripling Ruud’s seven. He claimed the decisive break of serve for a 4-3 lead in the second set, and fired a powerful unreturned serve to clinch the victory.

Berrettini became the third Italian ATP Masters 1000 finalist since the series was established in 1990, following the footsteps of 2019 Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini and 2021 Miami runner-up Jannik Sinner.

Did You Know?
Should Matteo Berrettini go on to claim the Mutua Madrid Open title, 2021 will be only the second season to start with three first-time ATP Masters 1000 champions, after Hubert Hurkacz’s victory in Miami and Stefanos Tsitsipas’ in Monte-Carlo. In 1990, Stefan Edberg, Andre Agassi and Andrei Chesnokov won the first three ATP Masters 1000 championships in history.

Final Preview: Zverev To Play Berrettini For Madrid Title

Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini will face off in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday with Zverev seeking his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title and Berretini looking to win his first.

While Berrettini has been in five ATP Tour finals, winning four of them, this will be his biggest final. 

“When you’re about to play, you’re just thinking that you’re playing a final,” Berrettini said. “Obviously, I was in the semis [at the] US Open. Everything is different, but it’s just a great feeling. Especially, after the struggle after my injury, I think I worked really hard. I’m maybe even more happy.”

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Zverev, who won the Madrid title in 2018, has yet to drop a set this week. The 23-year-old last won a clay-court title in Geneva in 2019, and if he wins on Sunday, it will mark his second title of 2021 after taking home the Acapulco title in March.

“He’s playing really good,” Berrettini said of Zverev. “He’s solid; he moves well for his height. He serves well. He beat Rafa and Dominic, probably the best players on clay. It’s going to be a challenging match, but I’m in the finals. I guess the best two guys are going to play each other.”

“He’s been playing exceptionally well this week,” Zverev said of Berrettini. “I saw the end of last night where he won 11 games in a row. He was almost unplayable. He was hitting the ball so hard, serving extremely well. It’s going to be difficult.”

This week, the German has scored wins over Kei Nishikori, Daniel Evans, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. Friday marked his first win over Nadal on clay and third in a row against the World No. 2. In Saturday’s semi-final, Zverev eased past Thiem 6-3, 6-4, breaking serve three times to end a four-match losing streak against the Austrian.

“It’’s been two great matches for me,” Zverev said of his wins over Nadal and Thiem. “I think today [it] was a little bit of a weirder match because of the wind and the conditions. But all in all, it’s been good. The job is not done yet. I hope I can do well tomorrow.”

Zverev enters Sunday’s final with a 14-2 record in the Spanish capital and a 2-1 ATP Head2Head Series record against Berrettini. All of their bouts have been at the ATP Masters 1000 level and they haven’t played each other since Zverev won their semi-final in Shanghai two years ago.

“I remember that it was tough to return,” Berrettini said. “I remember he was serving really well. The times that we played each other in Rome, obviously they were different conditions, I remember in Shanghai I think the roof was closed, the court was very fast. I guess he just served better than me and I got broken twice. That was it.”

On Friday, playing in his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, Berrettini stormed back for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Cristian Garin.

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In Saturday’s semi-final, the Italian took out Casper Ruud, 6-4, 6-4 by converting on 2/3 break point chances and facing zero break points of his own. It was the first time Ruud was broken all week.

“I didn’t expect this performance,” Berrettini said. “The key I think today was putting pressure on his serve, first serve and second serve. I was always trying to get the momentum and attacking even his first serve. I know that he likes to have time and run around the forehand. It worked out pretty well.”

The World No. 10 is on an eight-match win streak after capturing the ATP 250 in Belgrade. Though Sunday will be his first ATP Masters 1000 final, he has appeared in five finals, winning four of them. 

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, MAY 09, 2021

MANOLO SANTANA STADIUM start 3:30 pm
[3] M. Granollers (ESP) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [2] N. Mektic (CRO) / M. Pavic (CRO)

Not Before 6:30 pm

[5] A. Zverev (GER) vs [8] M. Berrettini (ITA)

Mektic/Pavic To Face Granollers/Zeballos For Madrid Title

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Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic are into their second straight clay Masters 1000 final.

The Croatians are going for their sixth title of 2021

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic are one win away from the the Mutua Madrid Open title after defeating Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday.

The second seeds will take on Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in Sunday’s final after the third seeds received a walkover from Tim Puetz and Alexander Zverev. Zverev beat Dominic Thiem in the singles semi-finals and will vie for the trophy against Matteo Berrettini on Sunday. 

Mektic and Pavic, who are 32-3 so far this year, are going for their sixth title of 2021 and third ATP Masters 1000 crown after winning Miami and Monte-Carlo. Granollers and Zeballos are looking to capture their first title of the season after reaching the Acapulco final in March. The pair picked up three crowns in 2020. 

The doubles final will take place on Sunday at 3:30pm inside Manolo Santana Stadium.

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