World No. 3, Alexander Zverev became only the fifth active player to hold three or more titles at the Masters 1000 level after he beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-4 in 78 minutes to clinch the Madrid Open title in Spain on Sunday.
Zverev won his eighth career title and second of the season after also winning the Munich Open last weekend.
“It is unbelievable,” Zverev, who’s didn’t drop a set all through the tourney, said. “This is my third Masters 1000 and I am only 21 years old. It has been an amazing journey.”
For Thiem, meanwhile, this was his second straight final loss at the Madrid Open. He avenged last year’s final loss to Rafael Nadal by sensationally beating him in Friday’s quarterfinals to hand the Spaniard a first clay-court loss in a year.
Zverev, for his first victory over Thiem on clay, has now joined the “Big Four” of Rafael Nadal (31), Novak Djokovic (30), Roger Federer (27) and Andy Murray (14) as the only active players to claim at least three ATP Masters 1000 crowns.