Madrid, May 7 (EFE).- Defending champion and world No. 3 Alexander Zverev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Saturday to set up a clash with Carlos Alcaraz in the Mutua Madrid Open final.
Second-seeded Zverev took an hour and 55 minutes to beat Tsitsipas for the fourth time in 11 meetings and earn his first clay-court win over his opponent.
Zverev is aiming for his third title, the same as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and two less than Rafael Nadal.
In a match that favored the server, Zverev broke the fourth seed in the seventh game to take the first set 6-4.
Tsitsipas broke the German late in the second set to level the match.
Zverev won the first three games of the deciding set, a lead he held onto until the end to reach his 10th ATP Masters 1000 final.
He will now face Carlos Alcaraz in his bid for his first title of the season. The Spaniard previously defeated Djokovic in an epic semi-final that lasted over three and a half hours.
Zverev has a 2-0 record against Alcaraz. EFE