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Dimitrov Records First US Open Win; Thiem, Gulbis To Face Off

New York, U.S.A.

Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov is making his fourth US Open appearance.

After opening exits on his three previous visits to Flushing Meadows, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov claimed his first US Open victory as he defeated American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2.

Dimitrov also beat Harrison in straight sets two months ago in his Wimbledon opener, en route to the semi-finals (l. to Djokovic). On Wednesday, he converted five of his 13 break point chances and hit 37 winners to claim victory in just over two hours.

The 23 year old is enjoying a career-best season, winning three titles on as many surfaces. He reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open and broke into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings following Wimbledon.

Two other young guns also notched their first match wins at the US Open on Wednesday. 

Twenty-year-old Dominic Thiem made his tournament debut by dismissing Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 26 minutes. The Austrian snapped a three-match losing streak that began with a defeat to Belgian David Goffin in his first ATP World Tour final last month in Kitzbuhel.

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Goffin, making his third main draw appearance, cruised past countryman Niels Desein 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. The 23 year old had gone unbeaten in 25 straight matches, including three straight ATP Challenger Tour titles, before a loss last week in the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals (l. to Janowicz).

Thiem will next play good friend and training partner Ernests Gulbis, also coached by Gunter Bresnik, in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The 11th-seeded Gulbis closed out a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Kenny De Schepper.

"I think he's going to be happy somebody's in the third round," Gulbis said about Bresnik. "Never want to play somebody who you practise with, but honestly, I have no emotions because of that. I think it's a little bit tougher on Dominic, though."

Meanwhile, Goffin will look to continue his run when he faces No. 32 seed Joao Sousa of Portugal. Sousa prevailed against Canadian Frank Dancevic 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) after three hours and 32 minutes.

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