Grigor Dimitrov gives his verdict as he secures another big win in Indian Wells
Grigor Dimitrov’s revival continues as he battled past Hubert Hurkacz in a deciding set tie-break to secure his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Bulgarian Dimitrov had beaten top seed Daniil Medvedev in the last round, but was on the back foot against the Polish world number 12, who secured the opening set following a late break.
Dimitrov rallied to level, but then missed the chance to serve for the match when at 5-3 up in the third.
However, the veteran world number 28 eventually put himself in control of the tie-break and closed out to progress 3-6 6-4 7-6 (2) after a gripping contest that lasted two hours and 40 minutes.
"Every day when I get out here on the court, I know why I'm here, I know what I'm doing." 👍@GrigorDimitrov explains what has been clicking for him at #BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/FwuFfcdbpN
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“I stayed in it,” said Dimitrov. “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.”
Looking ahead to his semi-final clash against Cameron Norrie, he added: “I am definitely not surprised to see Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals. He has been playing great, very good matches. He is a very dangerous opponent and very crafty. It is not going to be an easy match my end.”
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