Grigor Dimitrov will have to fight against an ace machine in another match.
In the 1/4-final of the “Masters 1000” tournament in Paris, the Bulgarian tennis star played against Hubert Hurkach, against whom he has 3 wins from 3 meetings. However, the tall Pole has hit 1,012 straight points so far and is the first with over 1,000 aces in a season since John Isner and Reilly Opelka in 2019.
Dimitrov will be looking for his 40th win of the season. He hasn’t done it since 2017, when he went 49:19, won the ATP Finals and finished as No. 3 in the world rankings.
3:0! Grigor made an early breakthrough and took a 2-0 lead, facilitated by his opponent’s double faults. In the next game, our tennis player had to save a break point, but he saved, and the angry Hurkach threw his racket and was whistled.
4:1. Hurkac took his serve and recorded the first game of the match. Dimitrov then did not allow a surprise at the kick-off.
6:1! Set for Grigor. Our tennis player made a breakthrough for 5:1, and then with his serve secured the win of the first part.
2:3. Hurkach shows more stability on serve, but Dimitrov is ready to take advantage of any point opportunity.
3:3. Grigor Dimitrov made his first double fault of the match, but did not give his opponent a chance to make it difficult for him.
4:5. Hurkach wins his service games and for the moment Dimitrov doesn’t get any opportunities to break through.
4:6. Hurkach tied the sets. The Pole decided to play aggressively on the return and this gave him two opportunities to break and the giant took advantage.
2:3. Hurkac started to win the games very easily on his serve. Dimitrov does not have the opportunity to lead the plays because he is forced to stay far back.
4:3. Breakthrough! Dimitrov heeded his coach Jamie Delgado’s advice to go forward when he got the chance. A couple of unconvincing performances from Hurkac led to breakthrough opportunities and despite the Pole’s brave net play, our tennis player held on and took advantage.
5:3. Hurkach’s aggression at the beginning of the game paid off and Dimitrov was forced to play passively from the bottom of the court. However, with a good serve and attack at the net, he was able to consolidate the break.