Fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev recovered from a first-set loss to record a 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-3 victory over eighth-seeded Matteo Berrettini on Sunday to win the Mutua Madrid Open for the second time.
The 24-year-old German overcame seven double faults to claim the title during an event in which he also defeated top-seed Rafael Nadal and third-seeded Dominic Thiem.
Zverev also won at Madrid in 2018. He has won 15 career titles, with Sunday’s victory marking his fourth ATP Masters 1000 crown.
“It is great, especially after losing my last three finals I played at Masters 1000 events,” Zverev said of the victory in his postmatch interview. “This is definitely special and I just want to enjoy this one.”
Zverev served five aces, while Berrettini had seven aces against just one double fault in the 2-hour, 40-minute match.
The 25-year-old Berrettini scored the first five points of the first-set tiebreaker only to see Zverev rally back to take a 7-6 lead. Berrettini fought off Zverev’s set point as part of winning four of the last five points to claim the set.
Berrettini was just two games away from winning the match before Zverev won the last three games of the second set to tie the match.
Zverev trailed 2-1 in the third before winning five of the last six games to earn the title. Zverev won 76.9 percent of his first-serve points in the decisive set.
Berrettini, who was looking for his first career Masters 1000 win, was hindered by 50 unforced errors.
Internazionali BNL d’Italia
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 for a first-round victory in Rome.
American Reilly Opelka recorded 18 aces during a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Richard Gasquet of France, 11th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta registered a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Serbia’s Laslo Djere and 12th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium notched a 6-4, 6-1 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso.
–Field Level Media
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