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Alexander Zverev Denies Thiem To Reach Second Madrid Final

Alexander Zverev will look for his 4th Masters 1000 title tomorrow.

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Alexander Zverev produced a dominant display to ease past Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 and reach the final in Madrid.

The German reached his second Mutua Madrid Open final after cruising past an under-par Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

Tomorrow Zverev will play either Casper Ruud or Matteo Berrettini as he looks for his fourth Masters 1000 title.

It was a scrappy contest throughout as the Austrian couldn’t dictate points from the baseline on a regular basis.

Both players’ serve was shaky in the early stages of the match even if they did produce comfortable holds of serve.

After saving a break point in the previous game, the world number six dealt the first blow as his dominant groundstrokes secured the opportunity to break and on the fourth opportunity he did for a 3-1 lead.

Creating effective patterns of play on serve was one thing but there was a lack of clinical edge to Thiem’s play on return as the German continued to look comfortable on serve.

Both players produced stunning points on serve towards the end of the set as Zverev took the opening set 6-3 in 43 minutes.

It was Zverev who continued to apply the pressure in the second having created break points on the first three return games.

There was nothing Thiem was able to do as his serving inconsistency was his own downfall with plenty of double faults being produced.

Two out of three breaks saw the 5th seed in the driving seat as he took a 4-1 lead.

After that though, the tennis was low-quality and it was a slugfest to see who could produce the least amount of errors.

All of the sudden Zverev produced tight points, remained cautious and was getting irritated by the Electronic Line Calling system.

The Austrian dug deep to break and save three break points to hold as he used stunning angles to open space in the court.

However it was the 2018 champion who held his nerve and sealed victory to reach his second Madrid final.

After the match Zverev revealed his excitement in playing another final, “It is going to mean a lot to me [if I can win the final]. I am definitely looking forward to it,” The German said in his on-court interview.

“I am definitely looking forward to playing another big final and I hope I can turn it my way this time.”

Zverev will meet Casper Ruud or Matteo Berrettini in a bid to win her 4th Masters 1000 title.

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Daria Kasatkina And Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Lead Calls For VAR In Tennis

There have been calls for VAR to be introduced into the sport.

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Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have called for VAR to be implemented in tennis.

The calls have came after Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik in Dubai.

As Bublik lead 6-5 in the final set, Rublev shouted in the face of an umpire allegedly swearing in Russian which was picked up by one of the officials.

This saw Rublev be disqualified from the event with Bublik reaching the final in Dubai.

However as a result of the incident players have called for a VAR review system with the video showing inconclusive proof of whether Rublev did swear in Russian.

Leading the calls for such innovation are Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the duo called for VAR to be introduced on twitter, “So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments,” Kasatkina said on social media.

VAR has been implemented in football and also a similar system in rugby with mixed results.

It’s clear though that more technology would help umpires identify whether a grounds for disqualification would be necessary.

So far VAR has been trialled at the Next Gen Finals and the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.

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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.

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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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