Alexander Zverev vs Grigor Dimitrov Miami 2024 Preview and Prediction

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Dimitrov vs Zverev Prediction – Alexander Zverev in straight sets

Alexander Zverev looks to extend his head-to-head record to 8-1 against Grigor Dimitrov on Friday in Miami, taking on the Bulgarian for a spot in the final. It would be his eleventh overall and second in Miami, having been a losing finalist back in 2018. The winner of this one will have it very tough with either Jannik Sinner or Daniil Medvedev waiting on Sunday.

While his previous career high is out of the question, Dimitrov’s career renaissance has been impressive to see. A win in the semi final would see him break into the top 10 while the title would see him at No.7 after the event. It would be well earned after outplaying Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter finals, with 24 winners helping him put the top seed to the sword in a 6-2 6-4 win. “Sometimes simplicity is genius. It’s very, very hard to do it, especially when you play against an opponent like that, but I was really able to dictate the game, read the game a little bit better than last time. Overall, I think a very great match on my end and I’m just happy I finished in straight sets.” he said after.

Zverev ensured there would not be another scalp for Fabian Maroszan, defeating the Hungarian in straight sets to earn a spot in the last four. A big serving day was the base for his 6-3 7-5 win, with 80% won on first serve and 2/2 break points saved. The German is going to hope it will be third time lucky for him this year in the semi final as he currently holds a 0-2 record in 2024 semi finals.

This matchup is not a kind one for Dimitrov and that shouldn’t change here, even with the high level he is displaying. He will need a great serving day but just as importantly, a bad one from Zverev. These seem much rarer nowadays as shown by the fact that he has no double faults through four matches this fortnight. Zverev is much stronger all-round, making it harder for Dimitrov to target a weakness. This will be the Bulgarian’s best opportunity for a win since 2014 but it will still be very difficult.

Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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