Sydney - Grigor Dimitrov reached his second
consecutive quarter-final of the new season with a straight-sets win over
Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas at the Sydney International on Wednesday.
The Bulgarian world number 28, looking for
more matches under new coach Franco Davin, ousted Cuevas 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 and
will next play Ukraine's Aleksandr Dolgopolov in the quarters.
Dimitrov, who reached a career-high ranking
of eight in 2014, lost in three sets to Roger Federer in the quarters of last
week's Brisbane International.
"I think right now I need to play more
matches, as many matches as I can get early on in the year," Dimitrov
"It's going to help me with my
ranking, but also with the level that I'm trying to achieve.
"I've worked a lot on a lot of things
this off-season, so I just want to make sure I put them into play and just make
them as a habit. That's the thing that is very important to me."
Dimitrov took the opening set in 51 minutes
after a one-sided tie-break, and then opened the second set with his only break
of the match.
That was all he needed as he worked his way
to victory in one hour 37 minutes.
The Bulgarian will face Dolgopolov in the
quarters after the Ukrainian knocked out American qualifier Alexander
Sarkissian 7-6 (8/6), 6-2).
"Dangerous player. Never know what to
expect. Especially here. The conditions are pretty suitable for him,"
Dimitrov said of Dolgopolov.
"It's a faster court and a little bit
windy. So it's going to be definitely a tricky match for me."
In other matches Wednesday, Luxembourg's
Gilles Muller was leading second seed Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7/2), 2-2 when the
young Austrian retired with blisters on his right foot.
Thiem was coming off a semi-final loss to
Federer in Brisbane.
Muller, a Sydney semi-finalist last year,
has now dropped just seven points on his first serve over two matches, in
defeating young guns Thiem and Croatia's Borna Coric.
Muller, who also reached the fourth round
of the Australian Open last year, will face Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the
Sixth seed Chardy ousted Australian James
Duckworth 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, while French qualifier Nicolas Mahut downed
fifth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Other Wednesday winners were Russian
Teymuraz Gabashvili, 6-3, 6-3 over Argentina's Federico Delbonis, and Serbian
third seed Viktor Troicki, 6-1, 6-4 over Spaniard Tommy Robredo.