Miami Open: Carlos Alcaraz stunned by Grigor Dimitrov in last eight, but Alexander Zverev through

Carlos Alcaraz says he was made to really feel like a “13-year-old” by Grigor Dimitrov after being overwhelmed within the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.

Bulgarian Dimitrov gained 6-2 6-4 to arrange a last-four assembly with Germany’s fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

“He performed wonderful tennis, virtually excellent,” mentioned prime seed Alcaraz, 20.

He was aiming to change into the primary man to win the ‘Sunshine Double’ – back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and Miami – since Roger Federer in 2017.

However eleventh seed Dimitrov upset the Spaniard and Alcaraz added: “I could not discover options. I could not discover a approach to make him really feel uncomfortable on the court docket. It was an awesome recreation from his facet.

“It was loopy. I used to be speaking to my staff, saying that I do not know what I’ve to do. I do not know his weak spot. I do not know something.”

Dimitrov dominated the opening set, breaking Alcaraz’s first service recreation earlier than placing once more at 5-2.

The 2-time Grand Slam champion fought again from 4-1 down within the second, however Dimitrov broke for a fourth time to wrap up a second successive win over the Spaniard in 92 minutes.

“To win in opposition to him, it’s important to play at your finest – that is simply how it’s,” mentioned Dimitrov, who additionally beat Alcaraz at October’s Shanghai Masters.

“Generally simplicity is genius. It is very laborious to do it, particularly whenever you play in opposition to an opponent like that, however I used to be capable of dictate the sport, learn the sport a bit higher than the final time.”

Dimitrov will return will return to the highest 10 for the primary time since 2018 if he beats Zverev to succeed in the Miami last.

Dominant Zverev sweeps apart Marozsan

Alexander Zverev hits a backhand return in the Miami Open quarter-finals

World quantity 5 Alexander Zverev has gained 18 of his 23 matches within the 2024 season [Getty Images]

Zverev reached the final 4 of the Miami Open for the primary time since 2018 with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Hungary’s Fabian Marozsan.

The Olympic champion used his serve to nice impact, whereas taking 4 of the seven break factors he created in opposition to the 57th-ranked Marozsan, who had already overwhelmed top-10 gamers Holger Rune and Alex de Minaur on his approach to the final eight.

“I am completely happy to be again in these late phases of those tournaments, taking part in the perfect gamers on the planet, I believe there are solely these left,” mentioned Zverev, 26.

“I am trying ahead to the problem.”

Italian second seed Jannik Sinner and Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev had already booked their locations within the final 4 on Wednesday, organising a rematch of their current Australian Open last.

Zverev was overwhelmed by Medvedev within the Melbourne final 4 as he nonetheless seems to be to say a maiden Grand Slam title.

Regardless of not but having the ability to land one of many sport’s largest prizes, he has continued to show why he is likely one of the ATP Tour’s main gamers and reached a seventeenth Masters 1,000 semi-final by sweeping apart Marozsan.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are the one lively gamers to have performed in additional Masters semi-finals than Zverev.

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