Grigor Dimitrov became the first player to reach the third round of the ATP Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati following a tight two sets win over Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil. The 16th seed required an hour and 46 minutes on court to win 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
Facing the Wimbledon quaterfinalist, Dimitrov lost his serve during the first set tie-break and was three points away from dropping the set before battling back. The Bulgarian then faced another stern test late in the second set whilst serving at 4-4. Pospisil had three chances to break for a 5-4 lead but failed to covert any of them as the proceedings went into another tie-break.
Despite the valiant effort from the Canadian, Dimitrov took control by opening up a 3-0 lead on his way to taking the tie-break 7-5. Following his triumph over Pospisil, Dimitrov has produced back-to-back wins in a tournament for the first time since Wimbledon.
In the third round, he will play either 3rd seed Andy Murray or Mardy Fish. Borna Coric wins the battle of the teenagers During the remaining first round matches on Tuesday, 18-year-old Borna Coric endured a marathon encounter against Alexander Zverev.
It was the first time that they have played each other since the semi-final of the 2013 US Open boy's tournament. The two-year wait, didn't disappoint with a match consisting of 70 winners. Towards the end of the match Zverev started to produce some questionable shots on court as he began to tire.
The dip in form resulted in Coric launching a late offensive to win 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (5). In the second round the Croat will play 5th seed Stan Wawrinka. Other players joining Coric in the second round include Richard Gasquet, who beat controversy-stricken Nick Kyrgios in straight sets. Meanwhile, Fernando Verdasco recovered from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.