The quarterfinal field was wrapped up at the Brisbane International on Thursday, but not before the defending champion very almost joined six other seeded players on the sidelines. I know the feeling.
5-7 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament having impressed in the last round against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.
Dimitrov's next match is a quarterfinal against Kyle Edmund, who had a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon. (The jumping, not the sportsmanship.) Edmund would end up finishing the match, though Dimitrov prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Dimitrov will now play mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster semi-final. After seeing Edmund's distress, Dimitrov immediately leaped over the net and sprinted to his aid, helping the Briton to his chair. I mean, I've seen him play quite a few times out here, and playing really aggressive, striking the ball unbelievable, and it was no less tonight.More news: Rare 'blue supermoon' total eclipse to occur in Singapore on 31 January
Speaking after the match, Kyrgios said of his poor start: "As bad as it is to say, it's kind of like a tap".
"I've just got to be ready all the time. I can turn it on when I want to", the third seed told reporters.
The first semi-final between De Minaur and Harrison is not before 12.30pm local time, which is 2.30am United Kingdom time. Dimitrov did not come out of the gate playing the same tennis that saw him climb to number three in the world and win the ATP Finals last season, needing to save two match points in his opening match with local wildcard John Millman. "It was a big opportunity for me", De Minaur said.
The second set followed a similar script, with the top seed breaking first only to have Millman break right back in the following game.