Alexander Zverev sets up Madrid showdown against Dominic Thiem

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Alexander Zverev required just 57 minutes to beat Denis Shapovalov and book his place in the Madrid Open final.

The third seed broke once in the first set and three times in the second to secure a straightforward 6-4, 6-1 victory over the 19-year-old Canadian, who was appearing in his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final.

Zverev will face Dominic Thiem in the final after the Austrian, who beat Rafael Nadal in the quarters, claimed a 6-4, 6-1 win over South African Kevin Anderson.

“It’s obviously a great final for kind of the future ahead,” the German said ahead of the final.

“We played five times against each other when he was already top 10 and I was more in the developing stage still. Obviously he’s leading the head-to-head.

“But I’m playing quite well; so is he. Hopefully it will be another entertaining one.”