Grigor Dimitrov Achieved his First Victory since Roland-Garros
Grigor Dimitrov achieved his first victory since Roland-Garros, after dramatically overtaking Steve Johnson in the first round of the ATP 250 Hard-court Tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico.
After four consecutive defeats, Dimitrov suffered success after 2 hours and 28 minutes of play, thanks to two won tiebreaks - 7: 6 (4), 4: 6, 7: 6 (5).
In the second round the former No. 3 in the world will face Guido Pella.
Grigor showed some fluctuations from the opening stroke, making 12 double errors against with just 3, though he also scored 2 aces more- 6 against 4. However, Dimitrov scored more than his first services - 60% against 54% for the American. Dimitrov earned 75% of points on first serve and 57% on second (68% and 62% for Johnson).
Dimitrov broke in the sixth game of the third set with a forehand winner up the line, but saw a match point come and go at 5-3, 40/30 before being broken while trying to serve out the match. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion, however, recovered in the tie-break, nailing a diving volley winner to bring up his second match point, ATP Tour reported.
"I knew I had to be ready for everything. It was a pretty good first set from me. Then in the second, I had my chances. He started serving better. It was just harder to return well, and then again in the third, he played a good game to break me when I was serving [for the match]. The tie-break was super tight," Dimitrov said.