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Preview: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Alexander Zverev - prediction, head-to-head, tournament so far

Sports Mole previews Monday's French Open fourth-round match between Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev, including predictions, head-to-head, route.

Grigor Dimitrov will be aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time in his career when he meets Alexander Zverev on Monday.

Zverev, meanwhile, has made it to the last 16 at Roland Garros for the sixth successive season, but he will be hoping to go all of the way this time around.

Match preview

 on June 2, 2023© Reuters

Indeed, Dimitrov appears to be producing the highest level of performances of his career on clay, having reached the fourth round without dropping a single set at this year's tournament.

There is little doubt that the Bulgarian has benefitted from a relatively kind draw given that all three of his opponents have been unseeded, but to only lose 26 games across nine sets remains an excellent achievement at his least favoured Grand Slam.

However, Monday's meeting with Zverev will clearly provide a much bigger test for the 32-year-old, who will be bidding to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time since losing to Andrey Rublev in straight sets at the Australian Open in 2021.

The three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist will be under no illusions that he goes into Monday's match as the underdog, but with renewed confidence on his side, he is capable of beating anyone on his day.

Alexander Zverev reacts at the French Open on June 3, 2023© Reuters

Zverev, meanwhile, has seemingly overcome his battle with injuries across the past year to rediscover a higher level of form at precisely the right moment.

The 26-year-old - who departed Roland Garros on a wheelchair after tearing his ankle ligaments in three places while facing Rafael Nadal in last year's semi-final - overcame the dangerous Frances Tiafoe in four sets on Saturday to set up another tantalising match-up against Dimitrov.

His victory included producing a contender for shot of the tournament: Tiafoe appeared to have his opponent on the back foot after playing a brilliantly placed sliced forehand, but Zverev miraculously moved across in time before firing a winner long into the corner and beyond the American's reach.

With Nadal out of this year's tournament due to an ongoing hip injury, Zverev will sense a serious opportunity to win the first Grand Slam of his career given that his pedigree on clay is up there with any of his current peers.

Moreover, the German has avoided being drawn on Novak Djokovic's and Carlos Alcaraz's half of the draw, meaning there is every chance that he will be competing at only his second ever Grand Slam final on Sunday.

Tournament so far

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria wins the quarterfinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day nine of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2019© Reuters

Grigor Dimitrov:

First round: vs. Timofey Skatov 6-0 6-3 6-2
Second round: vs. Emil Ruusuvuori 7-6 6-3 6-4
Third round: vs. Daniel Altmaier 6-4 6-3 6-1

Alexander Zverev:

First round: vs. Lloyd Harris 7-6 7-6 6-1
Second round: vs. Alex Molcan 6-4 6-2 6-1
Third round: vs. Frances Tiafoe 3-6 7-6 6-1 7-6

Head To Head

Alexander Zverev pictured at the French Open on October 4, 2020© Reuters

Basel (2014) - Round of 32: Dimitrov def. Zverev 2-6 6-4 6-2
Indian Wells (2016) - Round of 64: Zverev def. Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 7-5
Rome Masters (2016) - Round of 64: Zverev def. Dimitrov 6-1 6-4
Paris Masters (2021) - Round of 16: Zverev def. Dimitrov 7-6 6-7 6-3

After winning their first-ever meeting when Zverev was only 17-year-old, Dimitrov has since found life much tougher against the German, who has won their ensuing three matches against each other.

The duo's only match-up on clay came at the Rome Masters seven years ago, which resulted in the only straight sets victory for either player when Zverev comfortably kept his opponent at arm's length across two sets. The German will be hoping for more of the same on Monday.

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We say: Zverev to win in four sets

Having proved his return to full fitness by coming from behind to defeat Tiafoe at the weekend, we expect Zverev to have too much quality on the red dirt for Dimitrov.

However, the Bulgarian has played some decent stuff at this year's tournament so far, and it would be a surprise if he does not win at least one set given his undoubted class.

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