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Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Dimitrov significantly raised his game halfway through the match and Benneteau couldn't touch him. Let's see more of your brilliance, Grisha!

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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Bad Choke from Benny 6-3 2-1* 15-40

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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

It was very close for the first two sets- Julien was very aggressive in the first but making very few errors, he couldn't sustain that in the second as Dimi moved him around more. I missed the last set(i didn't expect it to end so quickly), so what happened? Did Julien fall apart or did Dimi find a new gear?

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benny fell apart
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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Grigor played some amazing tennis in this match to win it and he got all the crowd support because of it. He was a bit flat in the 1st set but really turned it around to break early in the 2nd and he was by far the better player after that. He out served, out hit and out maneuvered Benneteau. When he opens his shoulders and goes for his shots, Grigor has serious firepower and it's great to see him finally develop some consistency to go with it.
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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Amazing effort from Grigor to win that second set.

Benneteau didn't choke the second set away, his opponent was too good. In the third set however, he broke down.
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benny fell apart
I disagree. Benneteau's level may have dropped but Grigor played great tennis.
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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

oh ffs Benny. Another decent shot at a title gone

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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

You'd think coming to within 2 points of beating Fed would have been good enough practice for Benny, but no. Great to see Dimi winning against higher ranked players. Ferrer was too good last week...hopefully there's no seriously tough vulture waiting for him in later rounds.

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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Benny was excellent for a set and a half, Dimitrov fought hard to hold him back, and Benneteau folded at the resistance. Pathetic 3rd set.

Very nice attitude from Dimitrov in the 2nd. He was getting pretty beaten up there, only just hanging on. Great fight.

Two good players going at each other impressively. Don't often see that in 250 early rounds, just a shame we only really had one set where both were really firing.
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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

It will be an interesting match against Brown next who is in good form and likes to go for his shots. If Grigor plays like he did today, he should win it but Brown is certainly dangerous. Grigor needs to serve well, slice low and use a lot variety so Brown doesn't get any rhythm.
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I hope Dimitrov is finally living up to the expectations and the enourmous hype created around his person couple of years ago.
It would be nice to see him making some consistent deep runs into minor tournaments and maybe, in the wider perspective, to live to see him being a factor at slams.
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I was well impressed by him against Ferrer last week, hope he keeps up

Benneteau may be back on grass in one week and a half if Monfils is not fit yet (anyway he will play the doubles with Gasquet)

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Re: Gstaad R1: Dimitrov overturns Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Dimitrov is nowhere near the hype level. He wins against minnows but against the top guys he folds. Moreover, just as it looks he's in form and ready to make a big run, he retires. Almost twice in a row.

At Wimbledon he had a great chance to win against Baggy but failed. I mean how the heck do you retire from exhaustion on freaking grass. Until he makes that breakthrough everyone keeps talking about, he's nowhere near the top.


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Dimitrov is nowhere near the hype level. He wins against minnows but against the top guys he folds. Moreover, just as it looks he's in form and ready to make a big run, he retires. Almost twice in a row.

At Wimbledon he had a great chance to win against Baggy but failed. I mean how the heck do you retire from exhaustion on freaking grass. Until he makes that breakthrough everyone keeps talking about, he's nowhere near the top.
He didn't retire at Wimbledon with exhaustion, he had a virus which can strike down anyone. It was unfortunate, especially as he was playing so well before that match but there's not a lot he can do about it.

He's always done well against the top players even when he was a kid. He's beaten Berdych twice, destroyed Fish at the Hopman Cup, had close matches against Tsonga, Gasquet and Ferrer and taken sets off Simon and Nadal. He's a work in progress and it's probably even harder for Grigor than most of the young servebots and grinders as he has so much variety to his game. It has taken him time to figure out when to hit the right shots and play consistently.

He's been hyped for a long time but that is because he has such an exciting game and people want to see someone with his style do well. He still has got a long way to go but it looks like he is finally starting to live up to the hype.
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