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Thiem beats Anderson for first time to reach Madrid final

13 May, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Candice Daniels
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A double fault gave Thiem the decisive break to open the second set and he broke again for a 4-1 lead before securing victory with a service victor as he reached his 15th career final and fifth in a row on clay.

Thiem succumbed to Rafael Nadal in the final 12 months ago, but having ended the world No 1's remarkable run on clay at the quarter-final stage this time around, the Austrian will be confident of claiming a first title in the Spanish capital. "I think it has just been a match where he was better than me, same as a few weeks ago I was better than him". That's the end of the story.

So what happened when the couple met each other near the locker room is not really a surprise!

Describing Thiem as "one of the best players in the world", Nadal admitted that the Austrian player performed exceedingly well while he was never in a good position throughout the match.

Day seven at the Madrid Masters sees the men's singles semi-finals take place, and our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, is back to discuss the two matches.

Only Novak Djokovic, Gaston Gaudio, and now Thiem have beaten Nadal at least three times on the slow stuff.

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Sixth seed Anderson, who was runner-up at last year's US Open, beat Serb Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-3 earlier on Friday.

Thiem made good use of his added momentum and confidence against Kevin Anderson, his opponent in the semifinals of the Madrid Masters. I just want to congratulate him, that's all.

For Thiem, he will have to overturn a 0-6 head-to-head record against Anderson if he wants to reach the Madrid final for a second consecutive year. "Now I'm in the finals again, which is wonderful for me". "I think from Shanghai (last year) till Monte-Carlo, I hadn't finished a single tournament". It was very important I went into the match with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win. Zverev bested seventh-seeded American John Isner 6-4, 7-5, while Shapovalov battled past Great Britain's Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in a match that took almost two and a half hours.

Sharapova also lost in three sets to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands while Halep, the champion in 2016 and 2017, was blown away by Karolina Pliskova.

Denis Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the Madrid semi-finals with a win over Kyle Edmund.

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