Germany’s Alexander Zverev backed up his win last week in Munich with another title on Sunday in Madrid, as he solidified his spot at No. 3 in the world rankings. Zverev turned in a near-flawless display on the red clay, rolling to victory without ever losing his serve or dropping a set in his five matches at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Zverev defeated Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, world No. 9 John Isner of the U.S., world No. 43 Denis Shapovalov of Canada and seventh-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria to pick up his third career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy. It marks the third time in his career, and the first time in 2018, that he has defeated two Top 10 players in the same week.
Here’s more on Zverev, who is now the likely favorite to win the French Open later this month behind only Rafael Nadal.
The Alexander Zverev File
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Current Rank: 3
Career-High Rank: 3 (November 2017)
Best US Open Finish: Round 2 (2016, 2017)
- Zverev has found continued success on the clay this spring. After winning an ATP 250 tournament in Munich, Germany, last week, he has now won 18 straight sets. Outside of a Davis Cup loss to Rafael Nadal last month, Zverev has lost just once on clay this year, to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
- The German is just the fifth active player with three Masters 1000 titles, joining Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
- The 21-year-old is coming off the best season of his young career. In 2017, Zverev won five titles (three on hard courts, two on clay) and also reached the final of the grass-court tournament in Halle, Switzerland.
- Over the past year, Zverev has proven he can compete with the best players in the world week-in, week-out. As well as finals wins over Djokovic (Rome) and Federer (Montreal), Zverev has also recorded victories over several other Top 10 players, including Isner, Marin Cilic, Nishikori and Milos Raonic.
- While Zverev still has a lot of points to defend in the second half of the year from deep 2017 runs in Rome, Halle, Washington and Montreal, he has relatively few to defend from the three remaining majors. He lost in the first round of the French Open, the fourth round of Wimbledon and the second round of the US Open, meaning he has an opportunity to close the gap on Federer and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal with strong performances at the Grand Slam tournaments this summer.
They Said It!
"All in all, I'm just really happy with how I played, that I could win my third Masters. So far it's been pretty good for me on clay this year. Hopefully I can continue this kind of streak in Rome," Zverev told ATPworldtour.com after winning the Madrid title.