On Tuesday, Aslan Karatsev defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. The 29-year-old Bulgarian Tennis player, Dimitrov, suffered from a back spasm on Monday. Although he started the quarterfinals strongly but could not continue the pace throughout after winning the opening set.
Aslan defeated the 18th- seeded injured player with 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. As a result, he becomes the first man in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals on his Grand Slam debut.
Playing through the pain
The Bulgarian player confirmed he was facing pain at the beginning of the match.
In an earlier semifinal in Australia, Dimitrov started with an early lead with three service breaks in the first set. Although he had seven breakpoint chances in Karatsev’s first two service games in the second set, he did not convert any of them. As he stopped chasing shots in the third set and asked to see the trainer.
Subsequently, after that set, a trainer visited the injured player and then took a medical timeout for treatment of the muscle problem. Further, he had a quick resurgence, which ended quickly.
“There’s no point in hiding anything. It started yesterday on a regular movement. Then it happened early in the match, it kept progressing and was unstoppable. It was his day. Now let’s move on. That’s a sport. I couldn’t put my socks before the match. So I knew it would be tough.” said Dimitrov after the match gets over.
Taking the losses sportingly
A true sportsperson not only takes his victories but also learns from the losses.
“I don’t like quitting… but you get stubborn. You’re a competitor. That’s what it is. I’m admitting my flaw. It’s just when you’re on the court sometimes, you don’t think straight, and in that particular moment today, I just didn’t want to give up. I couldn’t give up. Plus, that’s just how I am.” said Dimitrov.
Dimitrov also confirms that he had never played matches while having back spasms. Nonetheless, he played while having injuries like cracked toes or other injuries.