Grigor Dimitrov (12th) defeated the German Alexander Zverev in three sets (6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4) on the night of Friday to Saturday, to reach his first final in Miami. At 32, the Bulgarian will try to win the second Masters 1000 of his career after Cincinnati in 2017, facing the Italian Jannik Sinner in the final. His presence in the final ensures that this right-hander with the elegant one-handed backhand will return to the world Top 10 from Monday for the first time since 2018.

Dimitrov had lost his last seven face-to-face meetings with Zverev. He only beat the German in their first match in 2014, when Zverez was 14 years old. Friday, aggressive and precise at the net, he was able to convert the two break points he obtained to bring down the 26-year-old German, who was unable to take his opponent’s service once (two missed opportunities), but was more solid in the tie-break of the second set. Author of some magic shots near the net, Dimitrov achieved the decisive break at 3-3 in the last set thanks to a superb reflex on a Zverev ball deflected by the net.

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