Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov didn't hide his emotions after reaching his maiden quarterfinal at the US Open. Dimitrov, who has fallen to No. 78 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to rising Australian star Alex de Minaur 7-5 6-3 6-4 to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2018 Australian Open.
The former world No. 3 is having one of the toughest and most challenging seasons of his professional career but he has managed to lift his game at the last Major event of the year. "There’s not much to say other than that I’m pleased to be back on a court, pain-free and feeling really good,” Dimitrov said after beating de Minaur, as revealed on the ATP website.
“I’ve put a lot of miles in my legs [and] a lot of practice." Dimitrov is now set for his toughest challenge at the US Open so far as next up for will be record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
Federer, 38, owns a dominant 7-0 head-to-head record against Dimitrov but the 28-year-old Bulgarian is motivated to continue his US Open run. "I’m already thinking about it,” Dimitrov admitted. "It’s my first time in the quarterfinals here of the US Open, so I’m going to make the most of it. This is what I practice for, to play these matches."