ATP Stockholm: Dimitrov battles past Janowicz.Wins for del Potro and Zverev

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ATP Stockholm: Dimitrov battles past Janowicz.Wins for del Potro and Zverev

Grigor Dimitrov, 2013 Stockholm champion, made a winning start after a hard-fought 7-5 7-6 triumph over Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz in an hour and 35 minutes, notching his 41st win of the season. It was a quick and fluid match, with short points and just 2 deuces, and there were only 4 break points in the entire match, 2 for each player.

Bulgarian saved both on his serve, dropping just 12 points in his games, and he scored the only break in the 12th game of the opening set. Janowicz, who is currently ranked 141st after being sidelined with injuries, showed what he is capable of on this kind of surface and he stayed in touch with the rival from the Top 10 all the time, and he would have probably beat some lower-ranked player with the level of tennis he produced in this one.

Both players dominated with their serve and forehand right from the start, and they held easily in the first 11 games, with not a glimpse of a chance for the returners. Serving to stay in the set, Jerzy made 3 forehands error and a double fault to lose his serve and drop the opener by 7-5.

A forehand error in the 3rd game of the second set forced Grigor to play against 2 break points but he saved them with a smash and service winner, closing the game with 2 more unreturnable serves to avoid chasing the result.

Janowicz also saved a break point in game 6, with a cross court forehand winner, and they served well in the remaining games to reach the tie break. Like the entire match, it was a close contest, and Grigor made all the difference with one mini-break in the 6th point, blasting a smash winner to move 4-2 in front, closing the match on the 12th point when Jerzy sent a backhand long.

Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro needed an hour and 26 minutes to beat Jan-Lennard Struff and join Dimitrov in the last 8, serving well and never facing a break point. Struff hit 12 aces and he lost serve twice in the opening set, fighting better in the second part of the match but he couldn´t send it into a decider.

It was all about the Argentine in the opening set, he lost 3 points on serve and scored breaks in games 1 and 7 to take the set by 6-2 in just over 30 minutes. The second set saw the real battle and 12 easy holds, as was expected from 2 good servers, with a tie break to decide the winner of the set.

The pressure was on Struff and he was 5-4 in front, also saving a match point at 5-6. Still, he made a poor volley in the 13th point and del Potro closed the match with a service winner, booking the place in the quarters. Second round results: