Dimitrov Powers Into Wimbledon Third Round; Dolgopolov Hits 42 Aces
by ATP Staff|
The in-form No. 11 seed Dimitrov, who won his fourth ATP World Tour title on the Aegon Championships grass two weeks ago, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over a fellow junior Wimbledon titlist.
Dimitrov picked up the 2008 title (d. Kontinen) and Saville lifted the 2011 trophy (d. Broady) and finished runner-up two years ago (l. to Peliwo).
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"First of all, I just want to say how honoured I was to play on the Centre Court," said Dimitrov. "I think it's every kid's dream. I was just really happy to get out there and play a match like that. A convincing win. I was just trying to be solid and well-composed on the court. I think it was all about my game today. Felt comfortable."
Dimitrov will now play No. 21 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who hit a personal best 42 aces and converted three of his seven break point opportunities in a 6-7(4), 7-6(0), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Benjamin Becker.
The Ukrainian had entered Wimbledon at No. 12 in the ATP MatchFacts for aces this season, averaging just over seven a match. He struck 14 in his opening match Monday, and currently stands atop the ace leaders chart for the tournament.
Dolgopolov's previous high was 29 aces in the 2010 Wimbledon second round, when he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10-8 in the fifth set.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych fought to overcome Australian Bernard Tomic 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-1. The 2010 Wimbledon finalist saved two set points to force a third-set tie-break, and raced through the final set in 21 minutes. Berdych finished the match with 68 winners, including 25 aces, to 18 unforced errors.
Berdych leads Cilic 5-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, including a victory earlier this year in the Rotterdam final, but the Croatian won their lone grass-court meeting last year at The Queen's Club.