Grigor Dimitrov breezed by Stan Wawrinka in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters on April 16, knocking out the defending champion 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour.
Despite serving better (72 per cent to 58 per cent for his opponent), Wawrinka made 41 unforced errors in the match and scored only four winners. He also failed to convert on any of his six break-points, while Dimitrov won five of nine.
This will be Dimitrov’s second quarterfinal in Monte-Carlo in three years – losing to Rafael Nadal in a tight three-set match in 2013. He will play France’s Gael Montfils, who notched a surprise win over second-seed Roger Federer in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Dimitrov has won only one of three previous meetings between the two, but it came on clay in Bucharest last year, when Montfils withdrew after falling behind 1-5 in the first set.
(Grigor Dimitrov, photo: mirsasha/flickr.com)