Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the quarter-finals in Basel this afternoon with a comfortable victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov to set up a clash with childhood idol Roger Federer. The Bulgarian needed precisely one hour to finish off the match and set up the irst-time meeting against the 5-time Swiss Indoor Open champion.
The World No. 22, long dubbed “Baby Fed” for his extraordinary similarities to the 17-time Grand Slam champion, will be looking forward to this contest tomorrow afternoon.
Dimitrov is on a seven match win streak, including his impressive run in Stockholm, where he defeated World No. 3 David Ferrer to win his maiden ATP tour title. Prior to that win, he was riding a four-match losing streak dating back to his Cincinnati Masters loss to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Now brimming with confidence, the 22-year-old is looking to shine in his marquee match-up tomorrow afternoon.
Federer defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2 in his opening round contest but had to rally in a tough second round match against Denis Istomin. The Swiss star was down a set before storming to take the second and third sets with relative ease.
“I stared poorly, making too many errors, especially on the forehand,” said Federer. “I was risking too much and it was not paying off. I had to cut that risk and was a bit lucky to win. I started fighting back and got better as the match went on. I’m happy that I was able to turn it around, I needed a match like this.”
The match-up is the third of the day on Centre Court, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals.