TENNIS

Madrid Open : Zverev Downs Berrettini To Win Second Madrid Crown

Alexander Zverev underlined his credentials as a French Open title contender with a battling victory over Italian Matteo Berrettini to claim his fourth masters 1000 crown and second Madrid Open title.

Germany's Zverev dropped his first set of the tournament, but fought back under a closed roof to lift his first claycourt title since 2019. Berrettini took a see-sawing opening set in a tie-break, where he initially let slip a 5-0 advantage and then saved a set point. But Zverev hit back strongly in the second set, breaking the 25-year-old Italian in the ninth game to force a decider. The Italian squandered a break point at 2-2 in the final set and then proceeded to drop his own serve as Zverev inched closer to victory. The fifth seeded german did not let up and another break confirmed the win in two hours and 40 minutes.