Grigor Dimitrov knocked out the second seed after staging a terrific resurgence to win 6-7(1) 6-4 6-3 to advance to the fourth round of the Miami Open. It was a much needed fillip for the Bulgarian who hasn’t been able to bring justice to his talent lately. He has beaten a Top 10 player for the first time since 2015.
Murray played an almost flawless tiebreak in the first set, winning it 7-1 and looked good to wrap things quickly. But the world No.28 bounced back brilliantly to race to a 4-0 lead in the second and eventually took the set 6-4.
Murray made a total of 55 unforced errors during the course of the match. “[I made] a lot of unforced errors in the third set,” Murray said. “Obviously, I didn’t start the second set particularly well. After winning a close first set you want to try and put your opponent under pressure.
“I think I lost my first two service games to love, so that wasn’t very good. Then in the third set, he managed to get up a break and then I made a lot of unforced errors. Credit to him. He was more solid than me.”
Andy Murray, not-so-famous for his on court tantrums, smashed his racket against the bag eight times. Murray now has only two wins since his run to the Australian Open final. Murray did start well, breaking early for the lead, only to be broken back immediately. It was then all on serves until the tie-break, which the Scot took with ease.
Murray won only two points in the opening four games of the second set and vented out his frustration after losing the set. However, Andy made a solid start to the third set, leading 3-1 and it looked like he had just done enough to escape this one but the Bulgarian dug deep to win five games in a row and seal a much needed win.
“To be honest, I just played better in the big moments today,” Dimitrov said. “I had quite a few opportunities and I used them.
“Even though I lost the first set, I kept good composure. I had to stay in the match and I had to be really focused. I think when I was 3-1 down in the third set, I knew I was going to get another chance because I was returning well, playing well in the key moments. I’m happy with all those things.”