Dimitrov ousted by Murray at Australian Open

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov lost against Andy Murray in the fourth round of the Australian Open 4-6, 7-6, 3-6, 5-7 on January 25 in the final match of the day on the Rod Laver Arena, which ended shortly after midnight local time at the three and a half hours mark.

Dimitrov had more winners than his opponent (46 to 42), but also committed more unforced errors (51 to 35), which gave the Briton numerous opportunities to break serve – Murray converting 7 of 19 break points.

Murray’s strong play on first serve and his return game kept Dimitrov off-balance for long stretches of the match, although the Bulgarian still showed his customary flashes of brilliance. Dimitrov had the opportunity to extend the match to a decisive fifth set, serving at 5-3 up in the fourth, but played overly aggressive and lost the next four games to crash out of the tournament where he reached the quarterfinal last year.

Murray, a three-time finalist at the Australian Open, will next play Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who defeated Italy’s Andreas Seppi after being two sets down (5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 8-6) to reach his second career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

(Photo: Brad Touesnard/flickr.com)



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