Time of the semifinals at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, with the presence of three Top 10 plus another protagonist of the best 25 and in great shape, all European. Dominic Thiem, No. 4 in the world, plays Saturday’s first inning with Alexander Zverev (6th) on the clay of the Spanish capital and, later, Matteo Berrettini (10th) meets Casper Ruud (22nd). In both cases, there is live action on ESPN 2 and the ESPN App.
The day after the big coup, Zverev’s triumph over homeowner Rafael Nadal (2nd) in straight sets, tickets are played for Sunday’s grand final. It was a very special victory for the German, the first from his country to beat Manacor’s southpaw on a slow pitch and achieved a great mark over the Big 3, because he became the third to beat Nadal on clay, Roger Federer on grass. and Novak Djokovic on hard surfaces.
On Saturday, from 11:00 ARG / URU 10:00 BOL / CHI / PAR / VEN 09:00 COL / ECU / PER, Zverev has a great challenge against Thiem, live on ESPN and ESPN App. The German already beat the Austrian at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, in the 2018 final, by a double 6-4, the same score that this time he achieved over Nadal.
The head-to-head between the two is led by Thiem 8-2, with an advantage in addition to 4-1 on clay. The only duel between the two friends in Madrid was the aforementioned final three years ago and the only time that Zverev beat him on clay. This time, he will go for a kind of revenge of the last crossing, in the definition of the US Open 2020, when he went 2-0 in sets and lost in five sets in New York.
At 16:00 ARG / URU 15:00 BOL / CHI / PAR / VEN 14:00 COL / ECU / PER, the second half is played, live on ESPN and ESPN App. Ruud, this week’s executioner of Monte-Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, goes for another success over a Top 10 colleague and dominates the match 2-1 against Berrettini.
The plus is that the Norwegian beat the Italian in both duels on clay, both on important venues, such as Roland Garros and Roma. Therefore, there is luxury action even without the presence of Nadal, who was the top candidate. Enjoy two first-class crosses in Madrid.