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It will be the first time Zverev and Thiem will meet for a Masters final 1000, becoming both perhaps a benchmark for upcoming tests of this calibre.

First, Zverev will have to turn his attention to Thiem, who advanced to the final with a 6-4, 6-2 win over sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson.

Thiem, the runner-up to Nadal in the 2017 Madrid final and still chasing a maiden Masters title, will face German second seed Alexander Zverev, who swept past Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1, in Sunday's championship match. The Austrian is now only one of three players - alongside Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio - to defeat the Spaniard on three or more occasions on clay. [ALSO LIKE] The German won his eighth straight match in order to reach his third final of the season.

In doing so, she took her landmark third title, surpassing the two each won by Serena Williams and Simona Halep in Madrid, which established a women's section in 2009.

Oddly the 21-year-old world number three is yet to progress past the last 16 of a grand slam but he now has three Masters 1000 titles to his name and against Thiem played with a swagger that suggests that his record in the majors will improve soon.

Zverev truly played within himself, and Thiem was just either too passive or not effective enough in the big points to try and make a different.

Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets a year ago to win the French Open for a record 10th time. "The way I started was also well", Thiem said.

Zverev broke in the first game of today's match and it proved to be the sole break-point chance of the set.

After conceding an early break for 2-0, Thiem's only sniff came at 5-4 when he opened up 0-30 on the Zverev serve.

Having not lost a set yet in the ongoing tournament, he will be hoping to better his record against Thiem.

"I had to really increase my level compared to Monte-Carlo to beat Rafa here".

Anderson won the first six matchups against Thiem on a hard court before Saturday's match on clay.

"To beat him [6-4, 6-2], it's a very good result".

The final match in Italy that I want to discuss is David Ferrer against Jack Sock. "To be honest, I thought also myself that I was pretty far away before this week started".

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