Bulgarian world tennis star Grigor Dimitrov plays against world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of the Masters in Paris.
Grigor won the first set 6:3 after an early break.
Dimitrov won the first game of the match on his serve. He started the match with a double fault, but from 0:15 he did not give a point to Tsitsipas.
And in the second, the Greek star scored to make it 2:0. With two backhand winners it reached 15:30. An intercepted return caused a foul by Tsitsipas – 15:40. This was followed by a moved Stefanos forehand and an early break in favor of the Bulgarian.
Grigor consolidated the breakthrough on his next serve – without giving a point to his opponent, and led comfortably with 3:0.
Tsitsipas took his first service game in the match – 3:1. Pli 40:30 placed a kick-off, which Grigor failed to react to.
Dimitrov continued his convincing performance and led the game 4:1. The rivals continued to exchange games on their service – 5:2.
Tsitsipas had to try hard to stay in the first set. Grigor had two set balls, but after an 8-minute battle Stefanos fought for his serve – 5:3 for Dimitrov.
The Bulgarian stood on serve to win the first part. Grigor secured two set points on his serve as well. This time he seized the opportunity from the first time, won the game, and with it the first set – 6:3.
Tsitsipas opened the second set with a game to nil in his favor. However, Dimitrov repeated the exercise – 1:1. Tsitsipas again had no problems on his serve. The first break in the second set came with a lead for the Greek – 2:1.
Grigor did not concede more than two points to Tsitsipas in the fourth game of the second set and equalized – 2:2.
At 30:30, Tsitsipas made two aces and took a game ahead again.
And the next submission of the Bulgarian through 30 equals. Not with aces, but with winning the next two good plays, Dimitrov leveled the games again in the second set – 3:3.
The scenario with passing through 30:30 was broken. And again the passer won, Tsitsapas led 4:3.
Grigor led 40:15, and then continued the dominance of the servers, equalizing 4:4.
After 30 ties in the ninth game of the second set, Dimitrov converted a point and secured an opportunity for a breakthrough and a “hidden match point”. Subsequently, the second, after Tsitsipas had equalized. The Greek managed again and it came to “deuce” again. For the first time, Tsitsipas reached an advantage, but he took advantage of it and saved his serve with another point and led 5:4.
Dimitrov didn’t waver on his serve. He led 30:0, then 40:15 and tied the games again – 5:5.
By reaching the top 4, Dimitrov will shoot up to 15th place in the world rankings.
In the other semi-final in Paris, world number one Novak Djokovic and Andrei Rublev will compete.