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Grigor Dimitrov

 

If you didn’t catch the latest episode of Australian Open 2-0-1-4, here’s what you missed.

Jelena wants to slap her brother, Andy upset his mum, Grigor confirmed that his name is, in fact, Grigor, (I knew it) Maria finally admitted she isn't a bobsledding expert and now Caroline just doesn't care anymore.

And somewhere in amongst all that some tennis was played by someone, I think.

"He makes this face … I hate it and I just want to go up there and slap him," said Jankovic of her brother Marko after her 6-4 7-5 win over Japan's Karumi Nara. That's the third Japanese player Jankovic has now knocked out of the tournament, which Jankovic apologised for.

"I'm playing the Japan Open, it's not the Aussie Open," she quipped. "I beat three Japanese in three rounds, I'm sorry, Japan."

The third round of a major is difficult for the players, but spare a thought for their parents. On Saturday, Judy Murray, mother of Andy, had to make a decision between her son and the player she considers to be the best-looking on tour, Feliciano Lopez.

As it turns out, blood is thicker than water and Judy duly supported Andy, who trumped Deliciano, as Judy refers to him, 7-6(2) 6-4 6-2. Scotland's finest progresses to the fourth round, where he will take on unseeded Frenchman Stephane Robert for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Lucky loser Robert’s effort to make the fourth round is the best result by a lucky loser in the Australian Open’s history.

Dimitrov penciled his name in the fourth round – the first time he has made it to the second week at a major – with a hard-fought 6-3 3-6 6-4 7-6(10) victory over 11th seed Milos Raonic.

The 22nd-seeded Bulgarian has been famously compared with Roger Federer for several years, earning the nickname "Baby Fed", a moniker that neither Dimitrov nor Federer appreciate. When asked about it today and whether the name is still relevant, Dimitrov was unequivocal in his response:

"We have debated that for quite some time and we have said it loud and clear that my name is Grigor.

"I think I'm proving that every day and every match that I'm winning out here in the Slams, so I think that page is definitely in the past now."

Grigor ‘Don't Call me Baby’ Dimitrov's next match will be against Roberto Bautista Agut, who easily accounted for flashy Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets.

Something that is close to Grigor's heart is Maria Sharapova who, after scraping past 25th seed Alize Cornet 6-1 7-6(6), confirmed she will not be a commentator at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

"Everyone seems to think I will be commentating on winter sports. I'm not a bobsledding expert," said Sharapova. 

"I'm going to be showcasing the city of Sochi to a worldwide audience, and we will be doing a few segments."

Which brings us to 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki who, based on today's press conference, will be doing anything but watching tennis. Now that the Great Dane is out of the tournament following her 4-6 7-5 6-3 loss to unseeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the tournament, it appears, is dead to her.

When asked if Muguruza has the game to defeat her next opponent, Agnieszka Radwanska, Wozniacki had this to say:

"When I'm not in the tournament anymore, like it sounds rude, but I don't really look at the games anymore. I just try and focus on myself."

I'm not sure what good focusing on herself will do, especially as she's no longer in the tournament, but what would I know. 

In other matches on Saturday, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Kei Nishikori, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova cruised into the fourth round, and Sloane Stephens continued her good form at the majors.

Azarenka and Stephens will meet in the fourth round, a re-match of their eventful semifinal here in 2013.

Don’t forget to tune in same time tomorrow, when we find out if Casey can keep her run going, whether or not Ana can match it with Serena, and watch Stan and Tommy slug it out.

What did you say?
Huge win for Dimitrov over Raonic in four sets. Final set tiebreak was a classic and included a ridiculous backhand down the line that will feature in highlight reels for years to come. And Dimitrov's response when asked about it?
“That wasn't as easy as it looked like, guys. Just so you know," he quipped. Talented, funny and dating Maria Sharapova. Enough said.

It’ll be a long drive home for …
Yvonne Meusburger
It’s one thing to be beaten by a better player on the day – it happens to everyone – but losing 6-1 6-0 in front of 15,000 people can’t have been an enjoyable experience.

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