Dimitrov outlasts Cilic in heavyweight clash

Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after winning his second round match against Marin Cilic (not pictured) in Paris May 29, 2019. — Reuters pic
Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after winning his second round match against Marin Cilic (not pictured) in Paris May 29, 2019. — Reuters pic

PARIS, May 30 — Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov twice came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Marin Cilic in a heavyweight second-round clash at the French Open yesterday.

The former world number three, unseeded this year at Roland Garros after falling to 46th in the rankings, produced a gutsy display laced with pure shot-making to win 6-7 6-4 4-6 7-6 6-3.

Dimitrov moved 5-2 ahead in the decider with two breaks, but Cilic was not going out without a fight and saved a match point with a booming forehand as he repaired some of the damage.

Cilic netted a backhand in the next game, however, to hand Dimitrov a notable victory.

Dimitrov has never been past the third round at Roland Garros and if he is to extend his stay beyond that this year, he will have to do it the hard way.

His next opponent is 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. — Reuters

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