World No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov’s Australian Open campaign came to a brutal conclusion The Bulgarian star was far from his best in the fight against injuries

Dimitrov lost 2: 6: 6: 4: 6: 1: 6: 2 against the 27-year-old Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who is currently making his Grand Slam debut

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Dimitrov was in control of the game after playing through the first set and breaking Karatsev 6-2 twice

But in the second moment things turned quickly as the Bulgarian started struggling with back cramps and by the third set it was clear that the match was as good as over

Dimitrov looked at his box and shook his head It seemed to suggest to his camp that he didn’t have much left in the tank

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to play like that,” Todd Woodbridge said of the comments on Nine

It wasn’t long before Dimitrov’s inevitable exit was confirmed after bravely playing the fourth set to the end

The victory for the 114 Qualifier from Russia made him the first man in the professional era to reach the semi-finals on his Grand Slam debut

But all eyes were on Dimitrov after he was visited by a trainer before taking a medical break for treatment on his back.He had a quick resurgence, but it ended just as quickly

“Look, there’s no point in hiding anything or whatever I think I got a back cramp at some point yesterday and that was it, “he said after the game

“We couldn’t fix it in time I think it happened at the beginning of the game It went on and was unstoppable But that’s enough for me It’s his day

“I can’t really say much else I wish I could give you more information. Overall, I’ve felt great over the past few days

“I felt I was on the right track. We did a great job. I was very positive and optimistic about all who I had to play and the circumstances, the sport

“That was it. Today was just – I couldn’t put my socks on before the game so I knew it was going to be a tough moment for me. I tried it but it wasn’t good enough”

Dimitrov admitted he could do little after being surprised at how damaging back cramps can be to overall performance

“I’ve played with a broken toe and other things, but with a back spasm everything goes through that part of the body, all rotations, reactions,” he said

“I love to move around on the pitch, but when I am unable to use my agility, my speed, my legs, my reaction, it just becomes very insignificant, whether you serve or one Hit forehand or whatever, it’s just electricity flowing through your body “

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