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Tennis-Zverev puts on Madrid masterclass to book Berrettini clash in final

MADRID (Reuters) -Alexander Zverev avenged his defeat by Dominic Thiem in last year’s U.S. Open final in clinical fashion on Saturday, beating the Austrian 6-3 6-4 to reach the final of the Madrid Open. Zverev, who beat top seed and tournament favourite Rafa Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Friday, will meet Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final after the Italian beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4 6-4 in the second semi-final. Germany’s Zverev, who was champion in Madrid in 2018, made a strong start, breaking Thiem early in each set in what turned out to be a routine victory, despite a swirling wind at Caja Magica.