Rising star Alexander Bublik says beating 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov is a "great achievement for me." Bublik, ranked at No. 71 in the world, came from a set down and saved a couple of match points to stun the fourth-seeded Bulgarian 5-7 7-6 (9) 7-6 (3) in their Chengdu Open quarterfinal clash.
"It’s been a good week for me, and beating Grigor is a great achievement for me,” Bublik said post-match, per the ATP website. “The second set tie-break was tough, I never thought about being match points down, but just playing my own game and serving well”.
After a straight-set win over Great Britain's Dan Evans in his Chengdu opener, Dimitrov appeared to be heading towards another win in two sets but the Kazakhstani saved two match points in the second set tie-break to force a decider.
Bublik, 21, continued his run at the beginning of the third set as he got off to a quick 3-0 lead but Dimitrov got himself back into the match after breaking back the 21-year-old in the seventh game. Dimitrov saved a match point in the 10th game and two more match points in the tie-break but Bublik kept his focus as he realized his fourth match point to set up a semifinal against Lloyd Harris.