Australian Open

Dimitrov dusts off Brown

2015-01-19 07:48
Grigor Dimitrov (AFP)

Melbourne - Rising star Grigor Dimitrov was fast out of the blocks and carved a quick kill of first-round opponent Dustin Brown to advance at the Australian Open on Monday.

The 10th seeded Bulgarian never had a break point against him as he powered to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win in just 69 minutes to reach the second round.

Dimitrov, 23, at the vanguard of the new breed of younger players, impressed with his all court coverage and groundstrokes and will next face either Slovakia's Lukas Lacko or Argentine Maximo Gonzalez.

A semi-finalist at Wimbledon and a quarter-finalist in Melbourne last year, Dimitrov ruthlessly put away the 90th-ranked German-Jamaican.

"It was a good start for me. I expected it to be tricky. The conditions were good. Court was great," Dimitrov said.

"I think it was just a little tough for everyone to get into that rhythm, to get used to the court. It was pretty windy today."

Dimitrov, along with US Open finalist Kei Nishikori and big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, are leading the new wave of younger players challenging the big three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"I think the biggest thing for me today was that I just came out on the court and I was really composed," the Bulgarian said.

"I knew what I had to do and I feel like I didn't give him a chance to do his game, didn't give him chance to play his shots.

"I think that discouraged him a little bit. After a couple breaks I already knew the match can go on my side."

Dimitrov is coached by Australian Roger Rasheed, who has previously worked with Lleyton Hewitt, Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"Been working with Rog for over a year now and I think we established a really good platform, a work ethic and a good relationship," he said.

"I still don't believe we were perfect, but we're still working on that to get the right groove every time you come to an event or whether it's off-season or anything like that.

"I think he has brought a lot of good things into my game. It's always been about the details, especially when it comes to big matches, big moments."

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