Read & Watch: Lajovic Upsets Dimitrov In Beijing
Serbian now plays Edmund or Berrettini
Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic recorded just the second Top 10 victory of his career on Wednesday when he defeated third seed and 2016 finalist Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes for a place in the China Open quarter-finals.
Lajovic improved to 2-14 lifetime against the elite of the ATP Rankings, adding to his victory over Juan Martin del Potro in May in the Mutua Madrid Open third round. The 28-year-old saw Dimitrov recover from a 1-3 deficit in the deciding set, but he regrouped to win 12 of the last 15 points for his 22nd match win of the season.
Former World No. 3 Dimitrov, who struck nine aces and won 72 per cent of his first-service points, is now 23-17 on the year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament (l. to Federer) in February.
Lajovic will next challenge fifth-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund, who saved six of seven break points to oust Italian qualifier Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-5 in two hours and 49 minutes. Edmund now has a 28-18 match record on the season.