Thiem beats An­der­son to make Madrid fi­nal

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

DO­MINIC Thiem de­feated Kevin An­der­son in straight sets to reach the Madrid Open fi­nal for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion. The 24-year-old Aus­trian hit 16 win­ners en route to a 6-4, 6-2 vic­tory over his South African op­po­nent.

Fifth seed Thiem had ended Rafael Nadal’s 21-match un­beaten run on clay in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Thiem — who is chas­ing his first Mas­ters ti­tle — lost in straight sets to Spaniard Nadal in the fi­nal 12 months ago.

He will play the win­ner of the semi-fi­nal be­tween De­nis Shapo­valov and Alexan­der Zverev in to­day’s fi­nal.

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