Both players did not give up and fought for every point. Hurkacz took the first set with a break. Dimitrov had one more break in the second set and tied the score. At 3-2 in the third set, the 30-year-old Bulgarian broke the Pole, who made more and more small mistakes, but he was unable to serve out the match.
With a score of 5-3 in the third set, the Bulgarian was allowed to serve out the match, but just then Dimitrov played a lousy game and let Hurkacz come back into the game. In the tiebreak, after more than two and a half hours of tennis, he still secured his ticket for the semi-final.
Dimitrov already eliminated first-seeded Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round of the masters tournament. The Russian, who won the US Open a few weeks ago, was ahead by a set and 4-1, but Dimitrov successfully fought back in that match too.
The current number 28 of the ATP ranking will face British tennis player Cameron Norrie in the semifinals. The number 26 in the world left the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman without a chance in the last eight: 6-2 6-0. The match lasted only 73 minutes. Norrie, 26, had never won a match at Indian Wells.
Norrie, who is in good shape, still has a small chance of participating in the ATP Finals, the end-of-year tournament in Turin, intended for the eight best tennis players of the season.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are missing from California, where the masters tournament normally takes place in March.
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