Alexander Zverev vs Grigor Dimitrov Cincinnati 2023 H2H Stats and Prediction

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Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov face off in one of the matches of round one in Cincy, facing off in the evening session on Day 2. Zverev was the winner of the tournament in 2021, easing to victory over Andrey Rublev for his fifth Masters 1000 title. It would be his last title at that level for now with the German still struggling for consistency on the tour despite a Top 10 spot in the race due to his French Open semi final.

Dimitrov withdrew from Montreal following his semi final run in Washington, where he will have been disappointed to lose to Daniel Evans in straight sets. The reason for the withdrawal was a back injury that has troubled him in the past so precaution is always the smartest plan with issues like this. If fit, his hopes of a Top 16 seed at the US Open are likely dashed now with a spot in the final here most likely needed.

Despite the US Open having Zverev’s best slam performance, it does look like it and US hard courts took a back seat to maintaining his ranking. A title in Hamburg and quarter final in Bastad have ensured that he has not suffered the monster ranking fall that many were expecting prior to the French Open. His lack of play on hard courts did show against his first quality opponent in Montreal though, with the German losing 6-1 6-2 to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in an hour.

Dimitrov had been in decent form this year but the issues with his back are a cause for concern here, especially given the recurring nature. Zverev has dominated this matchup in this past and is improving, so should look good to extend that record to 5-1 here. With 12 aces, Zverev did serve well in his one Montreal win and that should go some way to ensuring victory against an opponent whose movement may be suspect if fit to play.

Prediction – Alexander Zverev in straight sets

Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgshttp://www.aceofbaseline.com
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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