2017 Western & Southern Open champ Grigor Dimitrov ousted by Stan Wawrinka in three sets

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Bulgarian family takes in Grigor Dimitrov’s W & S Open match vs. Stan Wawrinka
Scott Springer, [email protected]

MASON – As per tradition, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka met in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open. No, it’s not in the agreed-upon rules of the event, but it was the fourth consecutive year the ATP veterans had met in round one in Cincinnati.

Adding to the flavor, Dimitrov was the Western & Southern Open men’s champion two years ago. It was the fifth meeting for the former World No. 3 players in just over a year, with Wawrinka winning the last four.

Dimitrov won in 2017 over Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 and didn’t lose a set in the tournament that year.

The match began with comfortable temperatures in the mid-70s and cloudy skies. Dimitrov eked out the opening set 7-5, then Wawrinka broke away in the second set. At 2-2, the Swiss righty won the next two games and eventually won 6-4 to force a third set.

Wawrinka then pulled ahead comfortably at 5-1 in the final set. He would’not remain comfortable as Dimitrov reeled off four straight games to tie the set 5-5. Wawrinka would then break the skid and go…

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