Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 17th in the ATP, beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, 11th, to reach the semifinals of the Paris-Bercy Masters. The victory is the Bulgarian’s 40th of the season and this is only the third time he has had so many victories.
Dimitrov battled for 1h40 to close the score at 6/1 4/6 6/4, having converted nine aces against 19 from Hurkacz, who committed the same number of double faults as the Bulgarian, two, and 13 unforced errors against six from Dimitrov, who fired 30 winning balls to Hurkacz’s 35.
In a very strong start to the match, the Bulgarian opened 3/0 with a break in the 2nd game of the match and solidly with crossed balls he broke again in the 6th game. In the second set, Hurkacz placed his first serve better and the game became balanced and without any pressure, Dimitrov was broken in the 10th game and found himself playing a decisive set.
There, the game remained balanced and working well with the forehand, in a poor service game from the Pole, Dimitrov reached the break in the 7th game, opened 5/3 and managed it.
This marked Dimitrov’s 40th victory of the season. This is the third time that the tennis player has achieved this feat. In 2014, Dimitrov won 50 games and lost 18; In 2017 the Bulgarian won a total of 49 games and lost 19.