Stan Wawrinka took Grigor Dimitrov on a rollercoaster ride from heartbreak to hope and back to heartbreak during a dramatic 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(4) win at the Western & Southern Open Tuesday in Cincinnati.
After playing exceptional tennis to take the first set, Dimitrov slumped to find himself down 1-5 in the third. But chasing just his second win since Roland Garros, Dimitrov turned the match on its head by clawing back the double break – saving two match points in the process – to draw level at 5-all.
Then, things got even stranger. Wawrinka broke but was unable to serve out the match, Dimitrov breaking for a third consecutive time – courtesy of a spectacular chase of a drop shot and topspin forehand winner down the line.
But Wawrinka raced to a 4/0 lead in the tie-break and despite handing back two mini-breaks, he steadied to take the match, closing it out with 138 mph ace.
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