In-form Grigor Dimitrov surges past Pole Hubert Hurkacz, punching his ticket to the Rolex Paris Masters semifinals. The Bulgarian will meet seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who put out 2018 champion Karen Khachanov, advancing for the second straight season to the last four on Friday.
The first quarterfinal of the day saw World No. 17 Grigor Dimitrov surging past 11th seed Hubert Hurkacz 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 after 94 minutes at the Accor Arena, reaching back-to-back Masters 1000 semifinals, his second at the event held in Paris-Bercy.
After securing his place in the last four, he outlined: “My body is feeling well for now, that’s the most important thing. My head is good. If I’m able to play like that on a consistent basis throughout every game, I put myself in a position to do better.”
Adding: “Today was no different. A completely different opponent again. Every day, you have to adapt, and I’ve been able to do so these four or five days.”
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By prevailing over the reigning Shanghai Masters champion, Dimitrov earned his 40 tour-level victory of the season, a milestone he achieved for the first time since 2017.
En route to his eighth matchup against the Greek player, the Haskovo native stunned third seed Daniil Medvedev, avenging his second-round defeat in Vienna just a week before.
The 32-year-old commitment to his passion for the sport has been pivotal to the player, whose ranking a year ago was at No. 28.
Alongside coach Daniel Vallverdu and his team, the former world number three has been putting on the work, physically and mentally, displaying dazzling tennis, particularly on the hard court surface.
Moreover, throughout the Asian swing, Dimitrov delivered high-class tennis with consistency to become the protagonist of blockbuster clashes.
The 8-time ATP titlist progressed to the semis in Chengdu – lost to Alexander Zverev, and reached the last eight at the China Open the following week.
Moreover, an impressive run in Shanghai would see him making it through the semifinals – lost to Andrey Rublev – the ninth of his career at a Masters 1000 level, shocking top seed Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised past 16th seed Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes on Center Court.
Overall, the 25-year-old controlled the contest against the World No. 15, winning 79 percent of the first serve points and converting 100 percent of the breakpoints he earned.
On Thursday, the Australian Open finalist qualified for the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals for the fifth consecutive year by overcoming 10th seed Zverev in straight sets.
The sixth player to secure a place at the season finale, said: “It’s awesome. What a great relief to finally get that spot. I’ve been working extremely hard the whole year and it’s a moment of relief that I’ve made it to one of my favorite events of the year, and I get the opportunity to play in from my Italian fans, but also get some Greek people in.”
Last year’s semifinalist – lost to Novak Djokovic – claimed his 300th win on tour without dropping a set, appearing in his 10th quarterfinal of the season on Friday, setting a meeting with Dimitrov next.
Tsitsipas leads the Bulgarian 6-1 in their series; they last faced one another at the 2023 United Cup, a match the former took in three sets.