Grigor Dimitrov earned his only slice of Wimbledon history when he became the first Bulgarian to reach the final 16 at the prestigious grass court Major Championships. His next opponent is Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, whom he has never encountered before on the professional circuit.
Bulgarian no. 1 Grigor Dimitrov showed his determination on Friday afternoon, when he was forced to rally from a set down to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 55 minutes. Dimitrov hit 14 aces, 6 double faults, 47 winners and 32 unforced errors. He also managed to convert 5/12 break point chances, which was vital in the deciding set.
“The only thing I could do was stay in there and fight, but as soon as I got that break in the fifth set I knew I could close it out at last. I just felt physically very strong and I knew that the longer the match went the better chance I had of winning it.”
Dimitrov, who is coming off his first ever grass court title at Queen’s Club a couple of weeks ago, is now riding an eight-match win streak and hopes to make it through to his second Grand Slam quarter-final round of the season.
Argentine Leornardo mayer secured his spot in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships, after he will defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-3. The world No. 64 hit 8 aces, 34 winners and 20 unforced errors to earn the win in just less than two hours of court time.
This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and will be a contest that will favour the budding Bulgarian talent. Grass seems to be a surface that suits Dimitrov’s style and finesse. Not only does his style offer tribute to one of the greatest grass court players of all time, he has managed to win titles on that surface and could be a dark horse in the later stages of the tournament.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Four Sets