Grigor Dimitrov reached the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in Rome. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Grigor Dimitrov didn't get much time to show off his game in his quarterfinal win over Tommy Haas on Friday, which ended quickly when Haas retired with a shoulder injury after losing the first set 6-2.
But in his third-round victory over No. 6 Tomas Berdych on May 15, Dimitrov got the packed crowd at Pietrangeli Court on their feet when he hit this diving volley to set up match point.
Watch the point below:
The Bulgarian said he was inspired by the mythical energy on Pietrangeli Court, which is surrounded by marble statues.
"First time I've played on that court and I have to think those statues were talking to me," he said, laughing. "Kind of inspirational things. That was good. I hit a few good shots."
Dimitrov went on to beat Berdych 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2. It was an upset on paper, but not in his mind.
"Why would we call that an upset? He's a top 10 player but I'm not that far off either. I think I've proven myself not only against him but against other players that I can compete at a high level. This is what I've been working for."