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13

Aug

2019

Wawrinka Inflicts Agonising Defeat On Dimitrov

Stan Wawrinka took Grigor Dimitrov on a rollercoaster ride from heartbreak to hope and back to heartbreak during a dramatic three-set win at the Western & Southern Open Tuesday in Cincinnati.

After playing exceptional tennis to take the first set, Dimitrov slumped to find himself down 1-5 in the third.  But chasing just his second win since Roland Garros, Dimitrov turned the match on its head by clawing back the double break – saving two match points in the process - to draw level at 5-all.

Then, things got even stranger. Wawrinka broke but was unable to serve out the match, Dimitrov breaking for a third consecutive time - courtesy of a spectacular chase of a drop shot and topspin forehand winner down the line.

But Wawrinka raced to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break and despite handing back two mini-breaks, he steadied to take the match 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(4), closing it out with 138 mph ace.

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