Dimitrov Extends Sets Won Streak To 13 Straight
The seventh seed blasted past qualifier Vaclav Safranek 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 49 minutes, firing 22 winners and six aces. The Bulgarian turned aside all four break points faced to extend his win streak to six straight.
Champion at the Western & Southern Open two weeks ago, Dimitrov has now won a staggering 13 sets in a row as he looks to build momentum from his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 triumph. The 26 year old, who returned to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 9, has reached the Round of 16 in New York in two of the last three years.
Dimitrov will next face #NextGenATP star Andrey Rublev on Thursday, following the Russian's convincing 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Aljaz Bedene. It was the 19-year-old's first match win at Flushing Meadows. A potential fourth round opponent for Dimitrov and Rublev is 18th seed Gael Monfils, who streaked past countryman Jeremy Chardy 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-4.
Monfils has fond memories of the US Open from last year, when he registered his best results in reaching the semi-finals (l. to Djokovic). He needed two hours and seven minutes to dispatch Chardy in their rain-delayed opener, striking 18 winners and converting five of 11 break points.
The Frenchman will next face home hope Donald Young, after the Chicago native overcame Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. They split two previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with Young most recently prevailing in Bangkok in 2011.
"I just love playing here," said Young. "The crowd is awesome. It's always packed when I play. I love playing here. They're usually always for me. The only time it really hasn't been that way was when I played James Blake and it was kind of even and then I played Roger Federer.
"So it's awesome. Then you have good memories here, so when you step on the court you automatically feel good about yourself. So it's a great feeling."
Ninth-seeded Belgian David Goffin opened with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau in two hours and 18 minutes. He will look to post consecutive match wins since suffering an ankle injury in the third round of Roland Garros when he next meets Guido Pella. The Argentine dismissed Goffin's countryman, Steve Darcis, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.
US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2017Meanwhile, Damir Dzumhur and qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe set an intriguing second-round clash. Dzumhur followed up his final finish at the Winston-Salem Open with a 7-5, 7-6(1), 6-1 win over Pablo Cuevas. He also advanced to the final at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Santo Domingo the week prior. Stebe, meanwhile, is looking to be Top 100 bound after claiming his first Grand Slam match win in five years. The German rallied past Nicolas Kicker 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1. Learn more about Stebe's journey.