Grigor Dimitrov backed up his big upset over Daniil Medvedev by edging Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) in yet another comeback win.
Hurkacz, the Miami champion, was in full control early on before the Bulgarian came alive in the second set and completed the comeback in a final set breaker.
“I stayed in it,” Dimitrov said in his on-court interview. “Especially after that first set it was very hard for me to find my range today. I was a little bit tired from yesterday and didn’t feel I really had enough time to rest and push, but I still felt and I knew I had something in me. I knew that I had to step up and be a little bit more aggressive.
“I started reading his serve a little bit more and I had a few more looks. I kept trying and believing and I think that made the difference.”
The Bulgarian, 30 now, has recently dealt with a bout of COVID and back issues, but is now into his first Indian Wells semifinals and first Masters semifinal since Paris 2019.
After a well-earned day off, Dimitrov will face the equally-surprising Cameron Norrie who continued his excellent 2021 season crushing Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach his first career Masters semifinal.
“Everything went my way today,” Norrie told the crowd. “Right from the beginning I was timing the ball well. I thought I was in for a long match because the previous times we have played have been so long and so physical so I was ready for that. I hit a lot of lines in the first set and stayed tough in the second and served well when I needed to. I am so happy to be through, it is such a big win for me.”
Tomorrow, the bottom half semifinals feature Alexander Zverev against American Taylor Fritz and Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on the bruising Nikolaz Basilashvili.
If the two favorites win tomorrow, we’ll see Zverev-Tsitsipas on Friday! Neither Fritz nor Basilashvili have ever made a Masters semifinal before.
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