The German has been struggling to find his footing ever since he suffered an injury at the 2022 Roland Garros, but in Dubai, he showed that he's back and ready to compete at the highest level.
In his first two matches, Zverev faced tricky opponents as he first had to battle in three sets against Jiri Lehecka and then played a difficult match against Christopher O'Connell. In his quarterfinal match against Lorenzo Sonego, Zverev looked in control right from the start.
He broke Sonego's serve in the 11th game of the first set to take a crucial lead and then held his own serve to win the set 7-5. In the second set, Zverev continued to dominate, breaking Sonego in the fifth game and then serving out the set 6-4 to clinch the match.
It was a strong performance from Zverev, who seemed to have found his confidence and form again. His serve was on point, and he was hitting his groundstrokes with precision and power. Overall, he hit 21 winners while making only 8 unforced errors and won 84% of points after his first serve.
For Zverev, this victory is an important step towards regaining his position as one of the top players in the world. He'll face tough competition in the semifinals as he'll await the winner of the match between the second-seeded Andrey Rublev and Botic van de Zandschulp.