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Shanghai Masters: Grigor Dimitrov rolls backs the years to shock top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz

Grigor Dimitrov reached the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday after producing an inspired performance to shock top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz.

Alcaraz won three games in a row to take the opening set but the brilliant Bulgarian bounced back in some style to land his biggest win in years with a 5-7 6-2 6-4 triumph.

The 32-year-old, watched on by coach Jamie Delgado, unsettled Alcaraz throughout, hitting 26 winners including 10 aces to defeat the Spaniard in two hours and nine minutes.

“I stayed in the match. I served really well but made a few errors in the first set,” said Dimitrov. “I was running out of opportunities but I started to understand his service game and I was solid in the third set.

“I knew what I had to do and I knew I had to apply constant pressure on him.

The 32-year-old, watched on by coach Jamie Delgado, unsettled Alcaraz throughout, hitting 26 winners including 10 aces to defeat the Spaniard in two hours and nine minutes.

“I stayed in the match. I served really well but made a few errors in the first set,” said Dimitrov. “I was running out of opportunities but I started to understand his service game and I was solid in the third set.

“I knew what I had to do and I knew I had to apply constant pressure on him.

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