His current rank is World No. 78, but it didn’t matter under the lights inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. He capitalised on all the errors made by the Swiss while maintaining his ground on the baseline and compiling his game with a range of shots to keep the five-time champion from settling in the contest.

The turning point in the match came in the fourth set, Dimitrov fighting off five break points to win the set and level match at 2-2. Before the start of the final set, the Swiss also took a medical timeout to deal with an apparent back problem. As the game resumed after the brief delay, the Bulgarian was on top of his game, breaking Federer to open the fifth and then a second time with the Swiss unable to mount any defence as the Bulgarian went on to claim the biggest win of his career.

After a thrilling quarter-final, which lasted for three hours and 12 minutes, the Bulgarian became the lowest-ranked Grand Slam semi-finalist since Rainer Schuettler did so as World No. 94 at Wimbledon eleven years ago.Read More..