Alexander Zverev recovered from a set to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 6-3 and win the Madrid Open for the second time on Sunday by claiming a fourth Masters 1000 title .
The fifth seed from Germany recorded his third consecutive top 10 victory this week, after knocking out five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem to reach the final.
Zverev, a finalist at last year’s US Open, added to his triumph in Madrid in 2018 by denying Berrettini successive titles after the Italian won in Belgrade last month.
Berrettini, who made his main draw debut in Madrid this week, was looking to become the third Masters champion this year after Hubert Hurkacz (Miami) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (Monte Carlo).
World number 10 Berrettini landed the first blow, beating Zverev to advance 4-3 in the first set at Caja Magica, only to give up his serve in the next game.
The Italian took a 5-0 lead in the tie-break, but Zverev reduced it to 5-4 before two set points went beyond Berrettini’s reach.
Zverev failed to take his own set point at 7-6 and then saved a third, but a double fault at 8-8 gave Berrettini another chance he didn’t let this time – here waste.
It was the first set lost by Zverev, whose last clay court title came to Geneva in 2019.
Zverev secured the only second-set break in Game 9, when Berrettini double-faulted, to send the game into a decider.
The German then broke to advance 3-2 in the final set and closed the victory after two hours and 40 minutes with another break, winning his second title of the season after winning the title from Acapulco in March. .
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