The 21-year-old third seed was clinical as he trounced erratic Canadian Shapovalov, two years his junior, 6-4 6-1 in less than an hour on centre court.
It was Zverev's second win in six meetings with Thiem. "If I had played normal I would have no chance", Thiem said. Obviously he's leading the head-to-head.
"In general, I was playing not good enough. So is he. Hopefully it will be another entertaining one".
Zverev dominated the entire week in the Spanish capital, not losing a single set en route to victory. "When I win, I don't talk much when I'm in the next events about the previous weeks", Nadal, who has a first round bye, said ahead of the clay-court Italian Open. "The 6'6" right-hander has yet to drop serve this week in Madrid, and he hasn't faced a break point since his third-round match against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer.
Thiem unsettled Nadal from the start, breaking his serve twice in the first set.
Thiem claimed a first win against Anderson at the seventh attempt with a commanding display.
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Zverev started the second set in similar fashion, hitting a deep forehand that Thiem could only send into the net on the final point of his service game to fall behind a break.
"It gave me a huge boost of confidence", he said.
Though Cilic was impressed by the form of the Austrian, he explained why beating Nadal in Paris - where the 16-time Grand Slam champion is chasing an 11th title - is a completely different kettle of fish.
Interesting starts for (15) Berdych vs. Shapovalov who is finding his footing on clay, (6) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Monfils victor, (3) Dimitrov vs. Nishikori, (13) Sock vs. the former French runner-up Ferrer, the struggling (11) Djokovic vs. It was 0-6 before today. Was a little bit exhausted in Monte-Carlo, but still got to the semifinals, so.
"But, you know, after 14 years being in the position that I have been fighting for, important things, I can lose, I can win".
The same feeling is true for Zverev, who has a chance to become the fifth active player with three Masters 1000 championships.
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