US Open: Dimitrov eliminates Murray, sets Zverev blockbuster

Grigor Dimitrov defeated Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. He’ll play No 12 seed Alexander Zverev in the next round

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Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the No 19 seed, continued his strong season in 2023 by defeating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to make the third round of the US Open in New York on Thursday afternoon.

In what was looking like it could be a blockbuster of a match after Dimitrov went five sets in his first round match against Molcan, the Bulgarian did an excellent job of shutting down Murray’s game, improving his head to head against the former world No 1 to 4-8.

“Happy to finish in straight sets” – Dimitrov

Dimitrov struck double the winners that Murray did, breaking the Brit on seven occasions across the two-hour, 46-minute encounter and was understandably happy with his performance.

“It was a great day. Happy to finish in straight sets. I think that was a big key for me. Just very happy how I moved overall on the court. Physically I felt great. I felt recovered after the first match after playing for so long. It was (a) very disciplined performance today and very happy with the way that I managed my game over the course of the match,” the Bulgarian said in his post-match press conference.

Dimitrov, ranked No 19, will face No 12 seed Alexander Zverev next. The German holds a 5-1 edge over the Bulgarian, winning their last five matches, including two of their clashes in 2023.

 “He’s an amazing player. We played quite a few matches, and the last couple of times we played against each other, he got the best of me,” Dimitrov said. “But of course, you know, it’s another match. I’m not gonna approach this match as any other exceptional match. It’s just another run for me. As I said, and I’m always very focused on my side of the net. Of course, I appreciate the challenge in every player that I play against, and I think everyone, each one on their own, they have very different qualities when we get out there to play. So now I’m just gonna focus on that. I have a day to recover, a day to see what I can potentially try to do, like, a little bit and structure a good game plan. That’s all.”

In the previous round of the US Open, the Bulgarian overhauled Slovak Alex Molcan (6-7 (9), 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (9)). Murray, ranked No 37, defeated Frenchman Corentin Moutet (6-2, 7-5, 6-3) during the first round of the Flushing Meadows tournament.

New York (Grand Slam), other second-round results (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, hard, USD 44.700.000, most recent results first):

  • Daniil Medvedev vs. Christopher O’Connell
  • Carlos Alcaraz vs. Lloyd Harris
  • Gael Monfils vs. Andrey Rublev
  • Felipe Meligeni Alves vs. Sebastian Baez
  • Botic van de Zandschulp vs. Daniel Evans
  • Nicolas Jarry vs. Alex Michelsen
  • Tomas Martin Etcheverry vs. Stan Wawrinka
  • Yu Hsiou Hsu vs. Cameron Norrie
  • Yibing Wu vs. Alex De Minaur: thursday
  • Arthur Fils vs. Matteo Arnaldi: thursday
  • Matteo Berrettini vs. Arthur Rinderknech: thursday
  • Jack Draper beat Hubert Hurkacz (17): 6-2, 6-4, 7-5
  • Michael Mmoh vs. John Isner: thursday
  • Jannik Sinner (6) beat Lorenzo Sonego: 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
  • Alexander Zverev beat Daniel Altmaier: 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Taylor Fritz (9) beat Juan Pablo Varillas: 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
  • Frances Tiafoe (10) beat Sebastian Ofner: 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
  • Zhizhen Zhang beat Casper Ruud (5): 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
  • Jakub Mensik (Q) beat Titouan Droguet (Q): 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3
  • Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (21) beat Juan Manuel Cerundolo: 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
  • Tommy Paul (14) beat Roman Safiullin: 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
  • Rinky Hijikata (WC) beat Marton Fucsovics: 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
  • Ben Shelton beat Dominic Thiem: 7-6 (1), 1-0 ret.
  • Adrian Mannarino (22) beat Fabian Marozsan: 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
  • Jiri Vesely beat Francisco Cerundolo (20): 7-6 (5), 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
  • Novak Djokovic (2) beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles: 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
  • Benjamin Bonzi (WC) beat Christopher Eubanks (28): 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7)
  • Aslan Karatsev beat Roberto Carballes Baena: 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
  • Laslo Djere (32) beat Hugo Gaston (Q): 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
  • Borna Gojo (Q) beat Mackenzie McDonald: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • Dominic Stricker (Q) beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (7): 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-3

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