ATP Shanghai: Grigor Dimitrov stuns Carlos Alcaraz, reaches QF

Carlos Alcaraz will have to work hard to become world no. 1 again this year

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Shanghai: Grigor Dimitrov stuns Carlos Alcaraz, reaches QF
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Grigor Dimitrov defeated world no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz in the Shanghai fourth round, scoring a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 triumph in two hours and ten minutes. Alcaraz played well in the opening set's final stage, stealing it but losing ground in sets two and three.

Grigor served well and kept the pressure on the other side, earning four breaks from five opportunities and entering the last eight. Carlos played better in the opener thanks to a rock-solid performance in the closing stages.

The Spaniard lost serve once from the only chance offered to his rival and grabbed two breaks from five opportunities. The Bulgarian faced two break points in the second game, denying them and holding with a backhand drop shot winner at the net for 1-1.

They held at love in games three and four before Carlos experienced issues behind the initial shot at 2-2. Grigor pushed strong and grabbed a break following a forehand down the line return winner.

Grigor Dimitrov took down Carlos Alcaraz in the Shanghai fourth round.

The Bulgarian cemented the advantage with a service winner in game six and opened a 5-3 gap with a backhand winner at the net.

Alcaraz produced two comfortable holds after the break he suffered, needing a successful return game at 4-5 to prolong the set. World no. 2 raised his level and broke back after forcing the rival's mistake. The young gun delivered another break in game 12, welcoming Dimitrov's loose forehand and taking the opener 7-5 after 51 minutes.

Grigor left this setback behind and made a fresh start in the second set. The Bulgarian served at 83% and never faced a break point, keeping the pressure on the other side. The Spaniard dropped almost half of the points in his games, losing serve two times and sending momentum to the other side.

Dimitrov forced Alcaraz's mistake in the first game, delivering an early break. Grigor served well and moved 4-2 in front with a hold at love in game six after a service winner. The Bulgarian passed the Spaniard at the net in the seventh game, earning another break and serving for the set at 5-2.

Grigor held with a service winner in game eight, leveling the overall score and introducing a decider. With a boost on his side, Dimitrov barely lost a couple of points in five service games of the final set, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Alcaraz played a loose serve & volley in the third game, dropping serve and sealing his fate in this one. Grigor held at 15 in game four to extend the gap and move 3-1 up, looking good to bring the victory home. The Bulgarian served for the triumph at 5-4 and held at 30 to deliver a massive victory and advance into the quarter-final.

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