ATP Madrid Open 2021: Day 6- Thiem, Zverev, Ruud advance into the semifinals; Nadal and Isner bow out

Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem advance into the semifinals of Madrid Open 2021, as Rafael Nadal bows out.

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Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem
Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem

Day 6 of the Madrid Open was an interesting day, as there were several intriguing match ups. The biggest upset of the day was Rafael Nadal’s straight sets loss to Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. On the other hand, the likes of Dominic Thiem and Casper Ruud advanced into the last four. John Isner fought valiantly, but lost in three sets to Thiem.

Alexander Zverev dominates Rafael Nadal

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev secured a thrilling straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. The German was a break down in the first set, but won four consecutive games to claim the opener. He won by a score-line of 6-4, 6-4. Rafael Nadal’s serve was put under tremendous pressure by the German, as he managed to win just 60% points on his first serve. Zverev will now face Dominic Thiem in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Dominic Thiem battles past John Isner

John Isner’s run at the tournament was ended after Dominic Thiem handed him a three set defeat on Friday. The Austrian lost the first set, but came back and won the next two sets. Isner served 18 aces, but was broken on two occasions during the match. Dominic Thiem won by a score-line of 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The third seed won almost 80% of his points in first serve, which proved to be a vital factor. He won 87 points during the match, whereas, Isner won 77 points.

Casper Ruud wins in straight sets

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

A day after securing the biggest victory of his career against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud defeated Alexander Bublik in straight sets in the quarterfinals. The Norwegian won 7-5, 6-1. He served 5 aces during the match, as compared to Bublik’s tally of nine aces. Ruud converted three of his nine break point opportunities, and in return, he was never broken during the match. He won 68 points during the match, as compared to Bublik’s tally of 47 points.

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