• Dimitrov back in action against Wawrinka

    5/9/13 1:00 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Dimitrov back in action against Wawrinka Two days after the biggest win of his career, Grigor Dimitrov will bid for a place in the Madrid quarterfinals. Up next for Dimitrov on Thursday is an in-form Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Stanislas Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov will going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they collide in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday. Wawrinka dominated their only previous encounter 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 at the 2011 Australian Open.

    More than two years later, however, Dimitrov is a completely different player. The 21-year-old Bulgarian's breakout 2013 campaign includes a runner-up finish to Andy Murray in Brisbane and a quarterfinal run in Monte-Carlo. Dimitrov's stellar clay-court form continued on Tuesday with the match of his life. The world No. 28 battled top-ranked Novak Djokovic for three hours and five minutes and prevailed 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3. That win was preceded by a 6-2, 6-4 disposal of Javier Marti.

    "I felt I had enough hours of practice in the weeks before," Dimitrov said after beating Djokovic. "I felt that I could actually hang with Novak the whole match. That's the whole purpose of getting ready for big events and eventually for big matches."

    Another big one is on deck against Wawrinka, who is arguably in even more impressive form. The 15th-ranked Swiss has won at least two matches at five straight tournaments, including a title in Oeiras and a quarterfinal showing in Monte-Carlo. He has maintained his outstanding play this week with straight-set victories over Marius Copil and Santiago Giraldo.

    A day off for Dimitrov is key, because it is always difficult to follow up such an emotional win with another strong performance. He will have had enough recovery and he clearly has the talent to take down anyone, but Wawrinka is borderline on fire right now. The No. 15 seed's consistency and a one-handed backhand that he is striking extremely well right now should see him through to a three-set triumph.

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Conflicted again. Like both guys but think Stan the Man should take this one. However he does have trouble with Fed's style. Win or lose I hope Baby Fed doesn't cramp.

chr18 , 5/9/13 2:07 PM

I hope Baby Fed wins. He should still be on this 'adrenalin injection' from beating the World's No1. He has got the game but so does Wawa. I think this is going to be an entertaining match. I love those one handed backhands...:)

natashao , 5/9/13 2:22 PM

I would be very happy for Dimi if he wins but im rooting for Wawa!! Love his backhand..................its a bute!!!!

Monalysa , 5/9/13 2:45 PM

who has the best 1HBH on tour?

RickyDimon , 5/9/13 4:28 PM

Ok, Ricky.......lets first list them...............well my list:

1. Gasquet
2. Wawa
3. Roger
4. Dimi
5. Almagro

And the winner is..................Gasquet!

Monalysa , 5/9/13 4:46 PM

neither Dimitrov nor Federer is anywhere near the Top 10

RickyDimon , 5/9/13 5:06 PM

Oh really?!!! Dimi's BH looks good stood up well against Novak!!

Monalysa , 5/9/13 5:10 PM

Rafa puts Paire in the mix for the best 1 handed b/h.

nadline , 5/9/13 5:24 PM

C. Henin beat all of them as far as SHBHs are concerned.

Shireling , 5/9/13 8:09 PM

Battle of the One Handed Backhands.

nadline , 5/9/13 9:15 PM

Yeah, wish I could see this game live but some of us have to earn a living!

Monalysa , 5/9/13 9:27 PM

First set, Dimi!!!

By the way, how is the crowd responding to Dimi? Seems to be giving Stan a good fight!!!

Monalysa , 5/9/13 10:17 PM

We are going the distance. Cramp alert!!

rafaisthebest , 5/9/13 10:34 PM

lol ristb

Shireling , 5/9/13 10:45 PM

with a gf like Sharapova it's understandable he can't last three sets...

Shireling , 5/9/13 10:58 PM

Stan wins, 6:1 in the final set.

nadline , 5/9/13 11:11 PM

Monalysa, 5/9/13 9:27 PM

You mean you work. According to the majority of Fedups, Rafans dont have sufficient education or brains for anyone to actually want to employ them ;-)-

nadline: you were right. The match with Nole took too much out of Dimitrov. But he has all the weapons so once he addresses the stamina issue he will be capable of hanging with the best of them.

ed251137 , 5/10/13 12:20 AM

@ Ed,

Not sure if I have sufficient brain or education, buy yes, I!!!

Guy you should read the venom from some fans, posters rather, regarding Dimi's loss!!

Oh, told you so
Dimi, he's no baby Fed...wait till he wins a GS
He's no future No.1.....yadayadayada!!!!

It was such a joy for some that Dimi lost!!! His win against Novak seems to really hurt badly!!!

Monalysa , 5/10/13 1:31 AM

But Rosol's did not?

Twinge , 5/10/13 1:56 AM

As I mentioned on another thread, I expected this loss to happen , (1) too much emotion still in his being from beating the djoker, and (2) Diimi has to be strong on stamina and endurance to win a follow-up match playing against Stan, and players like tsonga, Ferrer, etc., who are well-condtioned athletes. I felt very badly for Stan at the AO this year. He was so very close, but lost.

In time, Dimi will be able to handle back to back wins, but for now he has to concentrate of having someone work with him to balance his electrolytes and metabolism. Some people lose fluids faster than othersdue to a faster rate of excretion. a good endocrinologist should be able to put him on the right track.

scoretracker , 5/10/13 2:16 AM

Yes, Twinge, but not that badly to diminish Rosol to the extent that I see!!! Whenever a top 4 player is scalped by a much lower ranked player it creates lots of buzz, but mu point is the buzz there is so -ve that it is just beyond comprehension...............nearly sadistic!!!!

Monalysa , 5/10/13 2:29 AM

breadstick city

RickyDimon , 5/10/13 2:37 AM

Monalysa are you having a few cocktails on the beach while posting darling?
I'm afraid that was all double Dutch to me

Twinge , 5/10/13 2:40 AM

"It was such a joy for some that Dimi lost!!! His win against Novak seems to really hurt badly!!! Monalysa, 5/10/13 1:31 AM "

Yes, so true. It began yesterday. Some Djoker fans were so distraught that they began looking for anything they could find to degrade the kid. Geez, you'd think the guy committed the wrost crime, coz he beat the djoker.

Some fans need to remember that it's an impossibility for their faves to keep winning every time they play. Nowadays the top players cannot just try to play themselves into form as used to be the case some years ago, they have got to be up to snuff from the get go. The lower-ranked players are earnestly putting in the hard work to win big and it shows.

It will be interesting to see how this year unfolds, coz there will be many upsets along the way, of that I'm sure.

scoretracker , 5/10/13 2:47 AM

So you accept that we are witnessing a much stronger era than the one before...score?

Twinge , 5/10/13 2:50 AM

No. Some of them are from the Fed era who are still playing good tennis. Haas gives the djoker all kinds of headaches, and he's of the Fed era. in this era how many young guns are posting good results consistently? Not many. In fed's era he was competing against several GS winners.

scoretracker , 5/10/13 3:20 AM

if anything we are definitely approaching a dark era in tennis

RickyDimon , 5/10/13 3:37 AM

Federer played in a weak era. Agassi was past his prime. Roddick is not even as good as Berdych but could manage to win a slam as Federer was still coming into shape and there was not much competition. Hewitt is just a hardworking guy who would never have won any slams except in the era between Sampras and Fed. Safin was talented but not disciplined. So Federer had no competition. The others were just not good enough even to hold the no. 2 ranking consistently. A young Rafa , later Djoko and Nole filled the 3 places below Federer which were waiting for great players. There was a big vacuum and Federer was able to pile up the slams.
He is fortunate Rafa suffers from congenital foot problem which puts pressure on his knees and leads to Rafa having to take long breaks. Otherwise Fed would have been shut out in 2009 and Nole in 2012.

holdserve , 5/10/13 3:42 AM

Very true Ricky. Some of the matches are downright boring, IMO.

scoretracker , 5/10/13 3:44 AM

@holdserve, you've said the above many times previously on this site. I get it, you think Fed's era was weak, but don't put down the players in that area. Nalbandian, Safin, Hewitt and roddick were not misfits, they were excellent players.

FYI, Roddick is and has always been better than Berdych, IMO. Roddick beat the players he was supposed to beat. When he took the court, he oozed electricity and made things interesting. The guy was a very hard worker and remained in the top 10 for over 10 years, and won at least one title per year. His last year, 2012, he racked up two titles. Let's also remember he has a winning H2H over the present No.1 player. American tennis misses him and also many tennis fans world-wide. He was the flag bearer of american tennis for over 10 years, and never made excuses to play Davis Cup for his country.

scoretracker , 5/10/13 3:54 AM

scoretracker. Roddick fell out of top 5 pretty fast.

holdserve , 5/10/13 4:15 AM

Dimitrov's isn't bad, but neither his nor Federer's is Top 10

RickyDimon , 5/10/13 4:35 AM

I'm a big Nole fan but I think it's sad that people can't celebrate the maturation of a young tennis "star." Rosol is a totally different case, much older for a start.
Tend to disagree but only time will tell.

deuce , 5/10/13 7:29 AM

Wow you get up early Deuce.
Yes I'm with Holdserve on this one.
She's said it many times but it doesn't make her any less correct.
I would say its the general consensus take as well.
I used to think we were heading for another WE but now I'm less sure.
I always thought that it would be Andy that would close the door on Roger, if he started winning slams. But I suspect the issue might be the rise of the next half generation.
But dimitrov hasn't even won a 250 yet and he is nearly 22, so there is a way to go.
It certainly puts Murray's late blooming status into perspective.

Twinge , 5/10/13 10:00 AM

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