Dimitrov & Kyrgios reach semifinal of Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati
2 months ago Mihir Kulkarni 0
Grigor Dimitrov registered an emphatic win over Japan’s Yuichi Sugita after he crushed his opponent 6-2 6-1 to reach the semifinal of Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. This would be his 4th semi-finals at the ATP World Tour’s premier tournament level but is yet to reach a title match at the 1000s.
The Bulgarian broke the world number 46 Sugita to race to a 3-0 lead in the first set. He again broke twice in the second set to surge ahead with a 5-0 lead. He didn’t face a single break point and lost just 5 points.
En route to victory, the 7th seeded Bulgarian showed no lack commitment when he pulled off an unbelievable hot shot volley even though he was a set and 4-0 ahead.
A delighted Dimitrov is looking forward for his semifinal match against the 2013 runner-up John Isner.
John Isner moved past his fellow countryman Jared Donaldson 7-6(4), 7-5 in one hour and 30 minutes. The big serving American claimed an impressive 90% first serves while launching 25 aces. Isner will face Grigor Dimitrov for the second time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head. In their last meeting the, the former beat the latter in the second round of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami in 2015. But this time the stakes are much higher. The 32-year-old American is looking for his 4th appearance in a Masters 1000 final and the 26-year-old Bulgarian eyeing his first.
In his second match of the day, Kyrgios dominated from start till the end to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal of the year after Miami. What makes this victory even more impressive is the difference in the styles of his two opponents. With the Spaniard eliminated, it marks the first time since Paris 2012 that none of the Big Four of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, and Murray have featured in the semifinals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.
The twenty-two-year-old Aussie, who matched his best ATP Masters runs from Miami the past 2 years, seeks his fourth career title after trophies at Marseille, Atlanta, and Tokyo in 2016.
Kyrgios will face David Ferrer in the semifinals.
The 35-year-old Spaniard stunned the third-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 17 minutes to move into the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. This would be his second final in four years. Ferrer secured his first top ten wins since 2015 where he defeated Marin Cilic.