Grigor Dimitrov Indian Wells 2021

Grigor Dimitrov ‘humbled’ by ‘surreal’ career milestone

Grigor Dimitrov cannot believe the career he has had over the past decade and is motivated to continue for many years to come.

The former world number three defeated Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz to reach his first Indian Wells semi-final and first Masters 1000 semi-final since the 2019 Paris Masters.

The victory marks 100 career wins at Masters 1000 level for Dimitrov, something the Bulgarian did not realise ahead of his match with Hurkacz.

“I didn’t know until everyone started mentioning it now,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“Really I’m very humbled. It’s such an amazing thing. I’m so thankful to everyone, to everybody that is in the team, that has worked in the team. Last but not least my family.

“It feels like I want to say surreal because I never thought turning pro that I’m going to have let’s say a hundred matches at such a level.

“I’m very fortunate to be able to put myself in that position over and over, especially throughout the tough years, injuries and so on.”

Dimitrov secured his first ever Masters win in Cincinnati in 2011 against Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan. He has since appeared in six semi-finals at Masters level, including Indian Wells this year, and won Cincinnati in 2017.

“It clearly means a lot to me. I really appreciate it. I’m very, very humbled on it. Like I’m smiling inside. I’m smiling inside. I think it’s a beautiful thing. I’ll keep on going hopefully another decade.”

Dimitrov takes on newly crowned British number one Cameron Norrie for a place in Indian Wells final. Norrie had never previously reached the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 event.