Dimitrov Loses in 3rd Round of French Open... Again

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PARIS – June 1, 2018:  Grigor Dimitrov's woes on clay continued at this year's French Open at Roland Garros with an early exit in round three losing in straight sets to the veteran left hander from Spain, Fernando Verdasco, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Dimitrov has never gone past the third round here, and his lack of success on clay led him to say after the match, "But I definitely need to take some time off now to kind of reassess the whole clay court season, to be honest. I think that's going to be the No. 1 priority for me now to kind of step out from the tennis for a little bit..."

Dimitrov's greatest success has always been on hard court and grass so it's no surprise that he continues to struggle at Roland Garros, and that he's considering altering his future tournament schedule to highlight those surfaces.

An indication of his struggles appeared in round two, where he faced the young and inexperienced American, Jared Donaldson, and that match became a four hour, five set thriller that went into overtime (Roland Garros does not play tiebreakers in the last and deciding set), 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

And facing Fernando Verdasco has always been a close contest (2-2 overall) with Verdasco winning their last meeting at Indian Wells, California on hardcourt.  On clay, Verdaso's left handed forehand bounces high to Dimitrov's backhand, and Grigor must decide to attack it with topspin or play a defensive slice.  Neither was working, and Verdasco continued to attack Dimitrov's weaker side with success.

Next up is the grass court season culminating at Wimbledon where Grigor has shown consistent success, and where he may regain some of his confidence and support his ranking of number four in the world.

Evan Fabricant
Photo credit: Dana Gardner
“Bulgaria SEGA” newspaper


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