Grigor Dimitrov Poised For 2018 Barcelona Open Run

Grigor Dimitrov Poised For 2018 Barcelona Open Run”

Dimitrov does, however, deliver a solid victory during his opener at the Barcelona Open this week.

The two match wins were the first signs of improvement for the 12-time grand slam champion during a rather dismal season, with first round losses in the Australian Open, and high profile events such as Indian Wells and the Miami Open.

World number five Grigor Dimitrov survived an almighty scare against outsider Malek Jaziri on Thursday to edge into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open by beating the Tunisian 7-5 3-6 7-6 (8) following a nail-biting tiebreak. The Serb has not made the last eight of a tournament since Wimbledon amid struggles with injury.

The world No 140, who had to qualify for the competition, has already knocked out Djokovic in the second round.

"My expectations grew in Monte Carlo, despite losing to Nadal".

Rafael Nadal Barcelona Open Martin Klizan
GETTYMartin Klizan knocked out Novak Djokovic on his way to the quarter-finals

Nadal claimed his 11th Monte Carlo crown on Sunday to retain his status as world No 1, and he must win the title in Barcelona if he is keep hold of top spot and he never looked troubled by Garcia-Lopez.

Kei Nishikori retired during his opening match against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez after experiencing pain in his right wrist.

"I am with the illusion of continuing to play well and I see that it is the second tournament I play without problems after the one in Monte Carlo and I have to make the most of these moments". I got more popular especially in my country and nearly every match I played I was as a favourite. He is always an help, I am happy with my current team, but no one knows my game better than Toni.

16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will now lock horns with Garcia-Lopez, who has surged back into the top 100 in 2018 after a disappointing season a year ago, for a place in quarter-finals. He has won 32 of his last 33 matches on the surface, including 15 straight.

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