ATP Tour

Dimitrov to face Dolgopolov in quarters

2016-01-13 12:23
Grigor Dimitrov (AFP)

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 said.

"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 quarters.

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.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.