INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- One key to Grigor Dimitrov's surge up the rankings over the last six months has been his improved discipline and intelligence on the court. He's not going for the tongue-wagging shot every time. Instead, he's embracing the groundbreaking idea that sometimes it's OK to just win a point in a thoroughly boring way.
But you can't take the showtime out of the guy completely.
In the final game of his 6-4, 6-3 victory over Robin Haase in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, Dimitrov played some scrambling defense before finishing with a sliding backhand volley passing shot. Spoiler alert: He liked it.
Watch the point below:
No. 16 Dimitrov plays No. 22 Ernests Gulbis in the third round on Tuesday. It's the third meeting between the two in a month. Gulbis won 6-4, 7-6 (3) at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, and Dimitrov won 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5 at the Mexican Open.
"Gulbis, we all know how he plays; we all know how I play," Dimitrov said. "We are not going to have any hidden ways when we come on court. So it's going to be us two out there, great battle, and hopefully we can produce some great tennis."