For the first time in their careers Grigor Dimitrov and Hubert Hurcacz face off in what promises to be an exciting quarterfinal.
Bulgarian Dimitrov is on his best Indian Wells run, his previous best was only the third round. However, the former world No.3 has won a masters 1000 before, at the Cincinnati Masters in 2017.
Pole Hurkacz is currently equalling his only other Indian Wells at the quarterfinals in 2019, where he lost to Roger Federer.
Grigor Dimitrov hasn’t been near the top of the rankings for a while, now 30-years-old, it might be a safe bet to say his peak is behind him.
Yet, the world No. 28 has hit a run of form after the US Open, and Dimitrov at his best was a higher rank than Hukacz is now. He is a former tour final winner, has he recaptured his old self at this tournament?
Dimitrov has already knocked out the top seed Medvedev, and also beaten 16th seed Opelka, as well as Altmeier in the second round.
Hubert Hurkacz is still ascending to his peak, where that is, nobody knows. He may even reach the heights of the likes of Mevedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas. At 24-years-old he has the potential.
Hurkacz is on form too with a three-title-season under his belt. The world No.12 won his first masters 1000 at Miami this year.
The Pole had an easier route to the quarterfinal than Dimitrov, beating Popyrin, Tiafoe, and 19th seed Karatsev.
Both players are all rounders. Hurkacz leans more towards power, and Dimitrov towards creativity, flexibility, and movement.
Neither a pole nor a Bulgarian has ever made the Indian Wells semifinal before, so either could make history for their country by winning this match.
The safe bet for winning the match seems to be Hurkacz, with his higher ranking, youth and better season. Dimitrov on the other hand, could show up for this match as he did in the fourth round. If peak Dimitrov shows up, the match could be a close one.