Grigor Dimitrov stuns Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets to reach Miami Open semis

Grigor Dimitrov stuns Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets to reach Miami Open semis

Carlos Alcaraz’s hopes for a Sunshine Double came undone in spectacular fashion after the top seed lost 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday to Grigor Dimitrov, who will move on to face Alexander Zverev in the Miami Open semi-finals.

Dimitrov, the 11th seed, won 77% of his first-serve points compared to just 56% for Alcaraz. He also won four of the five break points he faced and broke the Spaniard four times during the 92-minute encounter.

It was a crushing defeat for Alcaraz, who arrived in Miami full of confidence after lifting the Indian Wells title 11 days ago but fell three wins shy of becoming the first male player to clinch the Sunshine Double since Roger Federer in 2017.

“To win against him, you have to play at your best. That’s just how it is,” Dimitrov said after his second victory over world No 2 Alcaraz in as many meetings. “I came into the match focused and I think it was extremely clear what I had to do.

“Sometimes simplicity is genius. It’s very hard to do it, especially when you play against an opponent like that, but I was able to dictate the game, read the game a bit better than the last time.”

Up next for Dimitrov will be the German fourth seed Zverev, who overcame tricky conditions to beat Hungary’s Fabian Marozsan 6-3, 7-5 in the day’s first match on the stadium court.

Zverev attacked Marozsan’s serve and converted three of his seven break-point chances, swatting aside the two break points he faced and won 80% of his first-serve points en route to the last four in Miami where he has yet to drop a set.

In windy conditions, Zverev had his hands full with Marozsan, who is making his Miami debut and has enjoyed top-10 upsets over Holger Rune and Alex de Minaur on the way to the quarter-finals.

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“If he continues playing like that he’s going to rise up the rankings very quickly and he’s going to be one of those [top-10] guys himself,” Zverev said.

Zverev’s win, sealed with a break when he unleashed a brilliant backhand down the line, marked his return to the Miami Open semi-finals for the first time since his runner-up finish in 2018.