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Dimitrov Reaches First Grand Slam QF

Melbourne, Australia

Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov continues his career-best run at a major.

Grigor Dimitrov became the first Bulgarian man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final after defeating Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday afternoon at the Australian Open.

The 22nd-seeded Dimitrov clinched the victory after two hours and 24 minutes with his fourth break of serve. Bautista Agut had also created five break point opportunities, but only capitalised once.

"I'm really happy to be in the quarter-finals," said Dimitrov. "I've been working really hard in the past year, especially in the off-season. So it's nice to see this result."

Both players were appearing in the Round of 16 for the first time at a major and had posted notable victories along the way. Dimitrov had beaten fellow young gun Milos Raonic in the third round, while Bautista Agut had prevailed against World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in a late-night, five-set battle in the second.

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Dimitrov next faces World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who swept past Kei Nishikori in their fourth-round encounter. "I'm really looking forward to that match," said Dimitrov. "I just want to put myself into a good position to play matches like that more often. So that's what I'm working for and this is what I'm aiming for."

The 22 year old has taken a set off of Nadal in each of their previous three encounters.

Dimitrov is the youngest player to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals since Nishikori in 2012. 

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