Dimitrov way downs the standings to qualify for London

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The Bulgarian tennis ace, Grigor Dimitrov exists from the Chinese ATP tournament in Beijing. The third seed Baby Federer, Dimitrov surrenders to Dusan Lajovic. He is the defending champion of the ATP Tour Finals title. His loss at the China Open makes his qualification or the season-ending event in London uncertain. The Bulgarian was trembling with his serves during the entire match. His nine double faults rewarded the 28-year-old Serbian, Lajovic his quarterfinal win in Beijing.

So far, Dimitrov is the first elite of the ATP Rankings to way out from Beijing. It was the second win for Lajovic against a top ten player. The first one being over Juan Martin del Potro in May in the Mutua Madrid Open third round. “The first set was hard to play because we had a shadow on the court, in the end, it was a dogfight,” Lajovic said. After his 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win against the former World Number 3, Dimitrov, Lajovic will be meeting the fifth-seeded Briton, Kyle Edmund. Dimitrov smacked nine aces and won 72 per cent of his first-service points. This year he was the runner-up at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in February.

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