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Dimitrov Fights Back To Beat Dolgopolov

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov set a fourth-round clash with Leonardo Mayer.

Grigor Dimitrov fought from behind to reach the Wimbledon fourth round on Friday, edging Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 55 minutes.

The Bulgarian is looking to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final and first at Wimbledon, where he had not been beyond the second round in four prior attempts. He goes on to face Leonardo Mayer in a first-time meeting. Dimitrov reached the last eight at a major for the first time at the Australian Open in January, with his run coming to an end against Rafael Nadal

Dimitrov’s run to the second week at Wimbledon boosts his chances of becoming the first Bulgarian to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. 

Between them, Dimitrov and Dolgopolov hit 92 winners. Dimitrov romped through the decider after fighting back to level the match, winning the fifth set in 18 minutes, making just one unforced error and not dropping a single point on serve.

Dimitrov recorded his eighth grass-court win in a row, having won his fourth ATP World Tour title and first on grass a week before Wimbledon at The Queen’s Club (d. Lopez). The 23 year old has a 33-9 record on the season, also winning titles in Acapulco (d. Anderson) and Bucharest (d. Rosol).

World No. 64 Leonardo Mayer reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam championship for the first time as he defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-3. The Argentine saved all nine break points he faced and hit 34 winners as he claimed the milestone win in just over two hours on Court 18.

The 27-year-old Mayer came into Wimbledon with no grass-court match practice and had only won two matches in four main draw appearances previously at the All England Club. 

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