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Friday, 29 March 2024 13:07

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

Staff Reporter.

Carlos Alcaraz says he was made to feel like a "13-year-old" by Grigor Dimitrov after being beaten in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.

Bulgarian Dimitrov won 6-2 6-4 to set up a last-four meeting with Germany's fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

"He played amazing tennis, almost perfect," said top seed Alcaraz, 20.

He was aiming to become the first man to win the 'Sunshine Double' - back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and Miami - since Roger Federer in 2017.

But 11th seed Dimitrov upset the Spaniard and Alcaraz added: "I couldn't find solutions. I couldn't find a way to make him feel uncomfortable on the court. It was a great game from his side.

"It was crazy. I was talking to my team, saying that I don't know what I have to do. I don't know his weakness. I don't know anything."

Dimitrov dominated the opening set, breaking Alcaraz's first service game before striking again at 5-2.

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

"To win against him, you have to play at your best - that's just how it is," said Dimitrov, who also beat Alcaraz at October's Shanghai Masters.

"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."

Dimitrov will return will return to the top 10 for the first time since 2018 if he beats Zverev to reach the Miami final.

Meanwhile there is no clear timescale for Andy Murray's return after Britain's former world number one ruptured ankle ligaments earlier in March.

The 36-year-old sustained the injury in his Miami Open third-round defeat.

A spokesperson said Murray will miss April's clay-court Monte Carlo Masters and BMW Open in Munich following a consultation with medical experts.