Stan Wawrinka overpowers Grigor Dimitrov in three tight tie-breaks
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka continued his quest for a fourth major title as he thundered past Grigor Dimitrov.Having beaten the Bulgarian at back to back Grand Slams last year at Wimbledon and the US Open, Wawrinka made it a hat-trick coming through 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8).
Safe to say that Dimitrov must be sick at the sight of Wawrinka after yet another Grand Slam defeat to the Swiss.
The win marks the 500th of Wawrinka’s career.
Having began the match on Friday on Court 1, both players dominated their service games as the crowd was left to enjoy two of the best backhands in the game.
Wawrinka even showing his forehand is just as potent with some fine attacking tennis as he seized the opening set.
The second set mirrored the first as Wawrinka again put his foot on the accelerator and stole the tie-break.
After finishing the second set with the crowd in full voice and an excited atmosphere, the match was carried over to resume on Saturday.
Having had the overnight break, you wondered whether Dimitrov would have enjoyed food for thought after losing the opening two sets.
The 2017 ATP Finals champion gave glimpses of brilliance but Wawrinka showed no signs of a hangover effect from Friday’s night’s excursions as he continued to keep his nose in front in the third set.
Another tie-break came and Wawrinka quickly finished the job to secure his place in the fourth-round yet again.
Next up for Wawrinka is a tantalising clash against Next-Gen star Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek also had to finish his match today as he eventually wore down Serbia’s Filip Krajinović to edge the fourth set tie-break, sealing his place in the fourth-round for the first time.
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