Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov helps injured opponent to sideline

Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov has Reached the 1/2-final in Brisbane Send to Kindle Source Twitter
Betsy Taylor | 06 January, 2018, 03:21

Dimitrov jumped over the net from his side of the court and raced to help Edmund as he writhed in pain behind the baseline at the other end, giving the British player a hand to get up and then helping him limp to the side of the court.

Edmund finished the match with heavy strapping on his right ankle but couldn't compete at the same level, losing the next two games to exit the tournament.

"John played unbelievable tonight", Dimitrov said.

The Ukrainian battled back from 4-0 down to claim the opening set before needing four match points in the second to secure the win.

It was the first serve where the 22-year-old had real joy winning 82 per cent of the points and despite a scare in the second set, Edmund will believe he can go the distance in Brisbane. "It's very unfortunate what happened", Dimitrov said of Edmund's injury.


"I knew the last two games he wasn't at his best so I just had to find a way again", Dimitrov added.

"I feel like I'm playing good enough tennis to go deep into ATP-250 tournaments like Brisbane and Sydney". Istomin advanced 7-6 (5), 6-2 over Jared Donaldson and Harrison had a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 win over Yannick Hanfmann, who was a late addition to the draw after Andy Murray withdrew.

Konta's exit came two days after No. 2-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired in the third set of her first match of the season after struggling with leg cramps. "It was a big opportunity for me", De Minaur said.

Dimitrov will face Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final after he overcame Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6 6-3 6-4. "I played some pretty good tennis in the second and third sets".

Sasnovich, who has a career-high ranking of No. 85, will meet either defending champion Karolina Pliskova or No. 3-seeded seed Elina Svitolina in the championship match.

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