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Semi-Finals Preview: Zverev Faces Shapovalov, Thiem Meets Anderson


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The 19-year-old's just earlier dirt court triumph before Madrid was over World No. 181 Viktor Galovic in a Davis Cup elastic in February this year. After a 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4 triumph against Kyle Edmund on Friday – a match in which he recouped subsequent to giving match a chance to point slip in the second set – Shapovalov remained as the most youthful semi-finalist in the Mutua Madrid Open's history. 
"It's not by any means desires of myself, however only certainty inside myself, that I can contend on this surface, I can play on it," Shapovalov said. "That is to say, a year ago I didn't win one single match on dirt. So going in this year, I didn't have any desires or certainty whatsoever. 
"Following seven days like this, it unquestionably demonstrates to myself that I'm skilled, more than proficient, of playing against these folks and winning matches on this surface." 
It appears to be fitting his next rival would be the man who finished his achievement rushed to an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-last finally year's Rogers Cup, Alexander Zverev. Notwithstanding the result, Shapovalov is as of now guaranteed of breaking into the Top 30. 
Should he correct vengeance on the No. 2 seed he would supplant Milos Raonic as the best positioned Canadian. Beating Zverev, be that as it may, is a difficult request. 
The German is through to his third straight Masters 1000 semi-last and has now achieved five Masters 1000 semi-finals in the previous year, more than some other player. 
Falling off an effective title protection in Munich a week ago (d. Kohschreiber), Zverev has been on tune on serve in the Spanish capital. He has confronted one break point all week – in his third-round triumph over Leonardo Mayer. In the quarter-finals he retaliated for a thrashing from the last of the Miami Open introduced by Itau, to beat John Isner 6-4, 7-5. 
A resurgent Dominic Thiem proceeds with his offer for a lady Masters 1000 title on Friday when he meets 6th seed Kevin Anderson in the second men's singles semi-last. Fifth seed Thiem, playing only his third competition back since a correct lower leg break endured at Indian Wells, put forth an earnest expression when he finished Rafael Nadal's 21-coordinate, 50-set winning streak on earth on Friday. 
The 7-5, 6-3 triumph snapped the Spaniard's most recent six-week rule at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. It was a tremendous change on a reverberating annihilation to Nadal in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-finals just three weeks back. 
"I think I was playing somewhat preferred today over in Monte-Carlo," Thiem said. "Obviously, it's awesome conditions here for me in Madrid. I want to play here. That is to say, there is a motivation behind why I made my first Masters 1000 last here a year ago. 
"Yet, in the meantime, obviously, I needed to truly build my level contrasted with Monte-Carlo to beat Rafa here. He's in an extremely awesome frame. He won 21 coordinates on mud and 50 sets. This is stunning." 
Anderson, a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 victor over first-time Masters 1000 quarter-finalist Dusan Lajovic on Friday, holds an immaculate 6-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over the Austrian, in spite of the fact that this will be their first gathering on dirt. It was an instance of eleventh time fortunate for the South African as he fueled through to his first Masters 1000 semi-last, having fallen in 10 earlier quarter-finals at this level.
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Thiem will win this one unless he plays like Pakistan in world cups. I wonder what grip does he use on his topspin backhand? Looks unusual to me, though certainly effective.
By the way virtual coin toss is really stupid. Never understood this electronic coin toss. Just use a regular coin.
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Congrats to Zvevrev! Another Masters 1000! Really looks like he can fight for a Grand Slam now. He is the next big thing.
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