SONY ERICSSON OPEN 2012
Dimitrov Records First Top 10 Win Over Berdych; Tipsarevic Next
by ATP Staff|
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov recorded his first victory over a Top 10 star Sunday when he beat No. 7-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Dimitrov, now 1-9 lifetime against the elite of the South African Airways ATP Rankings, saved five of seven break points to reach the fourth round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. Berdych, the 2010 runner-up in Miami, who also hit six aces in the pair's second encounter, won four more total points.
"Today was a great match, a great day for me," said World No. 101 Dimitrov. "I didn't expect to play that well. I didn't make enough first serves, though. [I] got a bit lucky at 4 4 in the third [set], and I was happy to close the match."
The 20-year-old Dimitrov will next challenge ninth-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who fired down 10 aces past No. 18 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory in two hours and six minutes.
Tipsarevic leads Dimitrov 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with both meetings coming last year at the AEGON International in Eastbourne and the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.
"Yesterday, at the end of practice, we finished doing an hour long practice, and I was just moving back and I rolled over my ankle and ended up spraining it," explained Raonic.
Murray goes onto face French No. 13 seed Gilles Simon, who won 76 per cent of his service points to beat No. 22 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-6(5), 6-4 in one hour and 39 minutes. Simon, who now leads Melzer 3-2, has a 12-7 season record.
Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga converted both break point opportunities and hit 12 aces to overcome No. 32 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 7-6(2) in one hour and 43 minutes. It was his 17th match win of the season (17-4), which includes lifting an ATP World Tour trophy at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Monfils).