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Dimitrov Stuns Alcaraz: 2024 Miami Open Presented by Itaú Tournament Update



Grigor Dimitrov upset No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz in what was his first win over a top 5 player in nearly five years: “Carlos, I always call him like a firecracker. He's amazing. I love watching him play. Honestly, I love watching him playing, I love practicing against him, competing against him. I mean, I'm 12 years older than him. It's honestly a lot of fun for me to challenge myself. It's a great opportunity for me.”



Carlos Alcaraz was gracious as ever in defeat: “I think I played good tennis. I mean, I left the court thinking that probably I had to change my game a little bit earlier, but anyway, I feel like I played a good tennis. Not perfect but a good one. But I feel, let's say, I have a lot of frustrations right now, because he made me feel like I'm 13 years old (smiling). You know, it was crazy. I was talking to my team saying that I don't know what I have to do. I don't know, you know, his weakness. I don't know anything.”


Elena Rybakina reached her second consecutive Miami Open final, beating Victoria Azarenka  6-4 0-6 7-6(2) explaining: “Last year it was different conditions. I was coming from Indian Wells, with a lot of wins. This year it's much different. I was not expecting honestly to be in the final, because I was not prepared that well for this tournament. But really happy that I managed to battle through all these matches and be in the final again.”



Alexander Zverev won the opening match of the day, while the final match of the day saw the only American left in the tournament, Danielle Collins, make her way into the final with a 6-3 6-2 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova. Collins was all business as she took just 74 minutes to secure her first final since the Australian Open in 2022 and the first 1000 series final of her career.



Friday’s match-ups

 

[2] Jannik Sinner vs [3] Daniil Medvedev


Medvedev leads 6-4; Medvedev won the first six meetings in the series, including last year’s Miami Open final, but Sinner has now won four straight, most recently in five sets in the Australian Open final • Both men are seeking to be the first to reach back-to-back Miami Open finals since John Isner in 2018-19 • Sinner is bidding for a third final this season, having already won titles at the Australian Open and Rotterdam; He has won 17 of his 20 career matches at the Miami Open and is bidding for a third final here • Medvedev is a two-time finalist this year, finishing as runner-up at both the Australian Open and Indian Wells; He is bidding to be the first man to repeat as Miami Open champion since Novak Djokovic in 2014-16. 

 

[4] Alexander Zverev vs [11] Grigor Dimitrov


Zverev leads 7-1; Dimitrov’s lone win came in their first meeting in 2014 • Zverev is looking to reach his second Miami Open final, having previously done so in 2018; He has reached 10 ATP 1000 finals, winning five titles; Overall, he owns 21 titles, having played 32 finals • Dimitrov has reached the semifinals at an ATP 1000 tournament for the third time in his last four events; In his 13th Miami Open, this is his best best result here. His lone ATP 1000 title came at Cincinnati in 2017, and reached his second final at this level last fall in Paris; A nine-time winner on Tour, he is attempting to reach his 20th career final.

 

ORDER OF PLAY - FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024STADIUM start 1:00 pm


WTA - Asia Muhammad (USA) / Alycia Parks (USA) vs [2] Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) / Erin Routliffe (New Zealand)


Not Before 3:00 pm

ATP - [3] Daniil Medvedev vs [2] Jannik Sinner (Italy)

Not Before 7:00 pm

ATP - [11] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs [4] Alexander Zverev (Germany)WTA - [ALT] Sofia Kenin (USA) / Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [OSE] Sara Errani (Italy) / Jasmine Paolini (Italy)


Danielle Collins


SCORES

 

Women’s Singles – Semi-finals

Danielle Collins (USA) def. [14] Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3, 6-2

[4] Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) def. [27] Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(2)

 

Men’s Singles – Quarter-finals

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) df. [1] Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) [11] 6-2, 6-4

[4] Alexander Zverev (Germany) def. Fabian Marozsan (Hungary) 6-3, 7-5

 

Men’s Doubles – Semi-finals

ATP - [1] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Matthew Ebden (Australia) def. [4] Marcel Granollers (Spain) / Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 6-1, 6-4ATP - [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Austin Krajicek (USA) def. [7] Kevin Krawietz (Germany) / Tim Puetz (Germany) 6-4, 6-7(4), [10]-[7]

 

Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational – Doubles

Angelica Bernal (Colombia) / Dana Mathewson (USA) def. Diede de Groot (Netherlands) / Maylee Phelps (USA) 2-6, 6-3, [10]-[5] Alfie Hewett (Great Britain) / Gordon Reid (Great Britain) def. Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) / Shingo Kunieda (Japan) 4-6, 6-2, [11]-[9]


By ML Staff. Photos: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium.

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