While Anderson did well to stay on serve for the remainder of the first set, he wasn't able to overcome his early deficit, despite earning three break points in the 10th game as his opponent tried to wrap up the set. "I'm just going to do everything I can to continue this kind of streak". 'The balls are slightly different over there than what we play with on this clay season.
Five-time Madrid victor Nadal, who will be bidding for an 11th French Open title in Paris later this month, had won his previous 21 matches on clay. Zverev also won four consecutive times last week at the BMW Open by FWU in Munich to celebrate his first title of the year. I don't think I faced breakpoints in the whole tournament.
"To beat him [6-4, 6-2], it's a very good result". He avenged last year's final loss to Rafael Nadal by beating him in Friday's quarterfinals for the Spaniard's first clay-court loss in a year.
The players in Madrid this week have remarked on the quickness of the courts and that has suited Zverev, whose demon serve was nearly untouchable in the opening set. Zverev dismissed Miami Open presented by Itau champion John Isner and #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively."I'm playing quite well". I don't know if that's a tough player or not. Obviously I have a lot of motivation to do well there. I'm not going to keep the No. 1 today. Previous year I made it to the finals in every single tournament. At the end of the year we will see what happens. "So far it's been pretty good for me on clay this year".
Nadal insisted that his Madrid defeat would have absolutely no impact on how he plays at Roland Garros.
"Obviously I didn't get broken one time (in Madrid)", he added.
He stunned Nadal, and then backed it up with a first win in seven attempts over Kevin Anderson, but his start here looked slow and sluggish, and that will to win was more a will to sort of hang on, which didn't pay off.
Ryan Harrison has only once ever been a sub [1.50] favourite on clay - against Igor Kunitsyn on home soil in Houston in 2012 - so his match against Yuichi Sugita is rather uncharted territory for the American, on what is his worst surface.