Outside horse Dimitrov shocks Alcaraz in Shanghai

Henry

When Carlos Alcaraz steps onto a tennis court these days, he is definitely the favorite to win the match. Except maybe if he competes against Novak Djokovic.

But yesterday Grigor Dimitrov struck a big blow when he beat the young Spanish star 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in Shanghai.

The Bulgarian fired ten chest shots in his win, while also picking up more points on his first serve and hitting 29 game-winning shots.

“I didn’t give up and that was the most important thing; especially after the first set. I hit well, put him under pressure and created scoring opportunities for myself,” said the 32-year-old Haskovo native.

According to Dimitrov, he also began to read Alcaraz’s serve in the second set.

“In the third set it was more of a cat-and-mouse story. We both played well, but he made a few mistakes while I was very happy with my serves.”

Against a player like Alcaraz you have to be able to apply sustained pressure and Dimitrov admitted that he did not want to leave the world’s second best player alone on the court for a moment.

“I had to make things uncomfortable for Carlos; even when I was struggling with my own stroke play. He does not like to be on the back foot; I tried my best to build momentum with aggressive play.”

Dimitrov will play Nicolás Jarry in the quarterfinals of the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Friday.