Monday 19 March 2018

Tennis: Dimitrov bites dust

Grigor Dimitrov ended up on the second-round scrapheap along with girlfriend Maria Sharapova after losing a rain-interrupted five-setter against Grega Zemlja at Wimbledon.

The Bulgarian 29th seed joined the long list of big names to fall as Slovenian Zemlja held his nerve to claim a 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-4, 11-9 victory on Court Three.

Dimitrov had trailed 8-9 in the decider when play was stopped by rain on Thursday. After another rain delay, the match finally resumed, but took a bizarre twist when, serving at 30-30, Dimitrov slipped over after launching a serve and, despite a valiant attempt to play his next shot on his knees, went match point down.

With Sharapova watching on, he immediately walked to his chair and told the umpire the court was too greasy to continue playing.

With light drizzle still in the air, the players sat on their chairs for a long time while 22-year-old Dimitrov, once labelled 'Baby Federer' because of his stylish game, contemplated trying to stay in the tournament. When play started again he saved the match point with a hefty first serve, but there was to be no fightback.

Irish Independent

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