Madrid Open 2021 Finals: Alexander Zverev beats Matteo Berrettini to win second Madrid title

Madrid Open 2021 Finals: Alexander Zverev earned his second Madrid title defeating Matteo Berrettini 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 in the finals
Madrid Open 2021 Finals: Alexander Zverev earned his second Madrid title defeating Matteo Berrettini 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 in the finals

Madrid Open 2021 Finals: Alexander Zverev beats Matteo Berrettini-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.

Madrid Open 2021 Finals: Alexander Zverev beats Matteo Berrettini-“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.”

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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.

Madrid Open 2021 Finals: Alexander Zverev beats Matteo Berrettini- 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).