TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Hubert Hurkacz (8) meets Grigor Dimitrov (23) in the Quarter-Finals on Thursday October 14th, 2021.
A highly exciting match is anticipated here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Hubert Hurkacz will do battle with the experienced Grigor Dimitrov with a Semi-Final berth on the line. Both men have been outstanding so far this week with Dimitrov knocking out the top seed and Hurkacz yet to lose a set. Who will get the win here and advance to the next round?
Hubert Hurkacz is the 12th ranked player on the ATP Tour and is the #8 seed here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. The Polish star is truly having a breakthrough season in 2021 and has firmly established himself as a contender in all the major hard court events. After claiming his first Masters-1000 title in Miami earlier in the year he has won another two smaller events both on hard courts, and reached the Semi-Finals at Wimbledon. Hurkacz is yet to drop a set so far here at the Indian Wells Open, obliterating Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 6-3 with a ruthless display of big serving and power hitting. When he is in form and striking the ball like that he can be almost impossible to due to his immense firepower and he is the favorite to win here against the veteran Grigor Dumitrov.
Grigor Dimitrov is ranked #28 in the world rankings and is the 23rd seed here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. The experienced Bulgarian has simply been outstanding so far this week, most notably upsetting world number two and top seeded Daniil Medvedev in the Round of 16. In a hugely surprising turn of events, Dimitrov was able to recover from 6-4, 4-1 down and showed tremendous heart and fighting spirit to get the win. It was a stunning display of strong tactics and controlled aggression as he dominated the match from the baseline with some precise groundstrokes. He definitely has a shot here against Hubert Hurkacz if he continues to play this way, but it remains to be seen how much gas he has left in the tank.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and despite the gap in the rankings I am expecting a very close and entertaining match. Hubert Hurkacz is the big favorite here due to his strong form and his ruthless displays so far this week, but you cannot discount Grigor Dimitrov after his exploits here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open, as well as his extensive experience. This match will be very entertaining for the fans, and at the end of it all I am expecting Hurkacz to emerge victorious. He simply has too much firepower for his opponent, and is in fearsome form. Grigor Dimitrov will make it interesting, but he has logged a lot of court time this week and it is unlikely that he can replicate his efforts from the previous rounds. Hurkacz will win here, advancing to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
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