Grigor Dimitrov secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters on Friday, battling past Hubert Hurkacz with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory. Unfortunately for Hurkacz, this loss likely eliminates his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals.
With just two of the eight spots for the Turin event still available, Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune are currently in prime position to claim them.
Dimitrov's next opponent for a place in the Paris final will be determined by the outcome of the match between seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and 16th-seeded Karen Khachanov. Dimitrov has been showcasing his excellent late-season form, with recent successes including reaching the semi-finals in Chengdu, a quarter-final in Beijing, and the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 event in Shanghai.
His journey to the Paris indoor event's semi-finals featured a significant upset with his defeat of world number three Daniil Medvedev in the second round. The 32-year-old Bulgarian previously reached the semi-finals in Paris in 2019, where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is set to face Holger Rune in a quarter-final match later on Friday.