Dimitrov Stuns Federer

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Grigor Dimitrov beat Roger Federer for the first time, rescuing a truly horrible season for the 78th ranked Bulgarian star, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the quarter finals of the U.S. Open.
The huge and loud crowd in the largest tennis stadium in the world favored the great Roger Federer who had a rough two opening round matches, but who had found the timing and movement that has enabled him to win the U.S. Open five times.
Grigor had a nervous start, double faulting away a service game to give Roger the opening set, but Grigor was just warming up, using his stamina and athleticism to stay in rallies and force Federer to hit the extra ball. “I knew what to do, "he said.
Federer had an okay start of the match, but he pulled an upper back or neck muscle somewhere in the second or third set and the beautiful game evaporated into missed forehands, awkward volleying, and too many second serves. “I felt it the whole time, he said. "I was able to play with it."
Roger turns 40 next year, and though he's played occasionally brilliantly, he failed to win a grand slam this year making it a disappointing year to possibly the best player of all time. “I’m happy to get a bit of a break now," he said.
Federer amazingly has never defaulted and quit a match because of injury his entire professional career, and though he received a medical time out after losing the fourth set, he played out the final set with great sportsmanship.
In one of the biggest wins in his career, Grigor will be in another Grand Slam semi-final with the opportunity to play in his first final.
Grigor has fallen on hard times from his former ranking of number 3 in the world, and said, “it was injury, losing points, ranking. “He hopes his recovery will continue.
This victory may owe something to Grigor's new coaches, the former players Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek. Both know how to work a point that plays a high percentage tennis and uses fitness and a grinding style to wear down opponents. “I knew what to do," Grigor said.
Grigor had lost to Roger seven straight times before this victory and this was a bit of revenge for all the years of second best. Late in the fourth set with Federer physically laboring, Grigor said, "I was actually smiling going to changeover, because I was like, 'that game must have hurt him a lot.'"
Next up in the semifinals is the rising top ten Russian star Daniil Medvedev, the hottest player on the 2019 U.S. hardcourt season who looks pretty beat up from playing so many matches this summer. Grigor's lay off and recovery due to losses and injury may give him the legs and desire to play a grueling five sets of grand slam tennis against players not as fresh.
Written by Evan Fabricant and Dana Gardner






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