On Saturday, Grigor Dimitrov has the opportunity to make just his second Masters 1000 final and the first since 2017 – which he won in Cincinnati. He faces a resurgent Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is rounding into form nicely ahead of the Tour Finals later in the month. It is a matchup that hasn’t gone well for Dimitrov in the past with the Greek leading 6-1 in the head to head currently.
Dimitrov ended the hopes of direct Turin qualification for Hubert Hurkacz, defeating the Pole in three sets in the quarter finals. He weathered the storm of the Pole’s booming serve midway through the match and seized his chance in the third with the sole break to take it 6-1 4-6 6-4 in the end. “My body is feeling well for now, that’s the most important thing. My head is good. If I’m able to play like that on a consistent basis throughout every game, I put myself in a position to do better.” he said after.
Tsitsipas is yet to drop a set despite three tough matches on his way to the semi finals. He went 3/3 on break points in the 6-3 6-4 win against Karen Khachanov, delivering well on key moments throughout the match with the Russian. It was the third straight match with a Top 20 player following wins over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Zverev. “It feels good to have so much variety and so much diversity in the way you can play. I take that as an opportunity to keep growing my game and keep looking forward at the many more matches to come and appreciate each moment that comes my way.” he said.
Dimitrov did get as close as a final set tiebreak against Tsitsipas in both of their last two meetings but will have to work hard to manage that again this time round. While many players fade as the season goes on, the Greek does look resurgent and has been striking the ball well off both wings this week. If he maintains that level in Saturday’s match he should find it fairly straight forward against a tiring opponent who he has dominated in the past.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets