In Madrid, there will be a Top Ten duel. With the victory of Matteo Berrettini (10th) in the second semifinal against Casper Ruud (22nd) 6-4 and 6-4, the final at the Caja Mágica confirmed its two protagonists: the Italian will face Alexander Zverev (6th), which comes from beating Dominic Thiem (4th) by 6-3 and 6-4.
It will be an exciting definition for the title that can be followed this Sunday on the ESPN 2 screen starting at 1:15 pm.
On the first shift, the German (who had already eliminated Rafael Nadal) beat the Austrian to reach, as happened in 2018, a new final in Madrid. Later, Berrettini was forceful on the track Manolo Santana and left the Norwegian behind after an hour and 21 minutes of play, a triumph that allowed him to advance to his first definition of a Masters 1000.
In this way, Zverev and Berrettini (who will be 9th in the world from Monday) will meet for the fourth time on the circuit. The record is in favor of German, who already beat him twice, while the Italian, in one.
The funny thing is that all the duels were in a Masters 1000: the first was in 2018, in Rome, and the victory went to the current N ° 6 in the world by 7-5 and 6-2. The following year, also at the Foro Italico, No. 10 took revenge in his hometown and beat him after 7-5 and 7-5. The last match was in 2019, in the Shanghai semifinals, and Zverev won 6-3, 6-4.
In number of titles, there is a wide difference between one and the other. On the one hand, Zverev accumulates 14 consecrations, among which three Masters 1000 (Rome and Canada 2017; Madrid 2018) and one ATP Finals in 2018 stand out. On the other, Berrettini adds four titles, all ATP 250.
In addition, it should be noted that both tennis players hold a title this season: Zverev was champion in Acapulco and Berrettini, in Belgrade. In the Magic Box, who will add the second?