Wawrinka & Nadal Stumble While Murray Reaches Milestone Victory
Grigor Dimitrov won his fourth straight match against Stan Wawrinka with a convincing 6-4, 6-4 third round victory over the No. 2 seed at the Western & Southern Open.
The Bulgarian needed just two break point opportunities in the first set, converting his second before serving out the set 6-4. Dimitrov would convert his only break point opportunity of the second set to take a 4-3 lead before closing out the set and match.
The win marks the second straight ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinals Dimitrov has made, his first being two weeks ago in Toronto and better run of form after having a six match losing streak from May 1 to June 27.
In the second upset of the day on Center Court, 19 year old Borna Coric routed No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-3 to advance to his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinals.
Nadal won the opening game of the match before Coric won the next ten games, racing to a 6-1, 4-0 lead on the 2013 champion.
“Oh, I feeled the arm too tired. Elbow, shoulder,” said Nadal of the quick turn around from Rio to Cincinnati. “You know, two months and a half without competing, and especially without practicing, and then do what I did in the Olympics, come here, different balls, too much.”
Unlike the other two seeded men on Center Court today, No. 1 seed Andy Murray advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over South African Kevin Anderson.
Anderson broke Murray early in the second set to take a 3-2 lead as the upset bug seemed to carry over to the night session. That was short lived as Murray would break right back then again before closing out the first set.
The win was also Murray’s 600th of his career, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and David Ferrer as the only active players on the APT World Tour to have reached this milestone, and only the 24th player to do so in the Open Era.