Alix Ramsay looks back at a Day 5 that will be forever remembered for the Swiss ace’s demise, but one where others stood up, or longed for past glories.
Scot makes the Australian Open quarterfinals for the sixth straight year, the world No.6 roaring home to oust Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 on Sunday night.
Roger Federer could scarcely be in better form as he attempts to land that elusive 18th Grand Slam. But the draw could not have been tougher.
No.10 seed Grigor Dimitrov is untroubled by Dustin Brown as he breezes to a 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory in just over an hour.
Roger Federer’s departure left a hole in the bottom half of the Melbourne Park draw; is it one Andy Murray can exploit by downing his Wimbledon 2014 conqueror Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday?
Fitter than ever and exuding confidence, Grigor Dimitrov could be about to become known for more than who he plays like – and who he dates.
Andy Murray d Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5
Grigor Dimitrov d Marcos Baghdatis 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3
Grigor Dimitrov has battled past an inspired Marcos Baghdatis to book his spot in the fourth round with a scrappy 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 result before a heaving Show Court 3 crowd on Thursday.
Grigor Dimitrov d Lukas Lacko 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-3
Grigor Dimitrov d Dustin Brown 6-2 6-3 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov pre-tournament interview