Tennis Australia News, 2021 Australian Open 2nd Quarter Final Singles Game: Gregor Dimitrov v Aslan Karastev

It was a close 1st half battle of Stage 1 to kickstart the Quarter Finals. With Grigor Dimitrov facing off qualifier Aslan Karastev. Having gone side by side 2-2.

But it is Dimitrov who drove in the front seat during the 2nd half. When he pulled away a big lead to win Stage 1 6-2. As Karastev was blown away with a lack of feel. In which was difficult to catch up.

But the 112th qualifier seed from Russia made up lost time. With the early lead 3-2 after the initial break 2. Despite a few tough duels in the deuces part. As Karastev needs this stage win to keep himself in the game. As well another two more to help advance in the Final Four.

Dimitrov though is not giving Karastev an easy ride. Nothing much changed between these two. Both players are battling hard trying to get this Stage 2 win. Having tied 4-4 apiece. Before Karastev got the upper hand ahead of Dimitrov 5-4. And just closed Dimitrov out too easily for the Stage 2 win 6-4. The lead remains 1-1 by Dimitrov & Karastev.

The 3rd stage saw Dimitrov gone ahead up a bit. But he still struggled with a lack of middle ground to catch up. Where the Bulgarian was easily hammered by Karastev 6-1. With Karastev matched a functional 1st & 2nd half run. In which assisted his 2nd stage win after the 3rd set. He just need one more Stage win to book into the Final Four at the Aus Open.

In the end nothing has changed between the two players. With Dimitrov struck at neutral since Stage 3. Despite having the foundations to kickstart each stage portion. But unfortunately did not have the finishing tools to keep Karastev quiet. When Dimitrov picked up an injury before Stage 4. As the 112th seed from Russia won the 4th stage. Plus the win & semi-finals berth.

This Quarter Final game was done in two hours & 32 minutes. Scoreline at Rod Laver Arena is 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 2-6. The campaign has to end here from Grigor Dimitrov. Got a great start with the early 1st set win as seen with the foundations built. But faltered for the majority having unable to close him out through the deuces. Before the conversion plays began & eventually fell down with injuries. Despite having the ability to start off a game.

He is disappointed not to overcome Karastev. Where he does not let any opponent a free a ride against him. Just not his day to remember. Good luck. While a fairytale run still going from Aslan Karastev. Might have been fired off slowly in the 1st set. But was able to catch up & connect the dots. With a great close battle to overcome Dimitrov. As he is a tough opponent. Then pulled off a big lead that is too easy to execute this game.

We will keep an eye on Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev tonight. Where the winner of this other Quarter Final tie will meet Karastev. And face this emerging star from Russia in the 1st semi-Final.

Tennis Australia News, 2021 Australian Open Section 3 of R2 Singles Game: Grigor Dimitrov v Alex Bolt

Another Aussie focus here at Margaret Court Arena in the Australian Open. With a decent fire off from Alex Bolt who opened his account. The momentum is there when Bolt reached the halfway mark 3-2. Just ahead of Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria.

It has gone side by side for most of the time though. When Bolt tried his way to shut down the Bulgarian. Having scrambled to touch down the stage 1 win 6-5. But Dimitrov tied Bolt ahead of the tiebreaker. Before he passed Bolt late during an easy tiebreaker 6-1 to go 7-6.

This time Dimitrov has improved the set foundations to kickoff stage 2. Not just an easy first half run to go 3-0. The Bulgarian able to bridge that 2nd half gap with a comfortable conversion. When he won the second stage 6-1. With one more set needed to win this game. While Bolt unable to keep up that momentum from Stage 1. Where Bolt was hassling Dimitrov back then. But unable to find the feel that was punished easily with another set loss.

Dimitrov came from a steady start on the same page with Bolt. Before he executed these conversions too strong against the Aussie in the end. Despite the two consolation points from his opponent in Alex Bolt. As the Bulgarian wrapped up fair and square here at Margaret Court Arena. This game was done in just under two hours. Just before the clock crossed just into midnight earlier today. The final score is 7-6 (6-1 tiebreaker), 6-1, 6-2.

While Dimitrov was super on all cylinders after stage 1. And his next opponent will be Pablo Carreno Busta. It was not the night Alex Bolt wanted to see out. Especially having to face the 18th seed from Bulgaria. He was able to see his weaknesses that almost held him down. After a decent fire off that Dimitrov struggled to launch. At least until the initial halfway mark. Before the pressure went back to Bolt. And unable to find to catch up ever since. As we wish him all the best after the Australian Open.

Night 3 was so thrilling. Especially when Nick Kyrgios was on the cusp of elimination by Ugo Humbert. After he lost the first two sets before Stage 4. But Nick saved two match points. It took within one hour to turn his game around going into Stage 3. And Kyrgios saved the game in style by the three hour mark. Nick will face Dominic Thiem from Austria in Round 3 on Friday. We now roll on to Day 4 here of Grand Slam Tennis! Stay safe out there with the scorching weather feel ahead.