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Dimitrov reaches Chengdu quarters

Grigor Dimitrov (Getty Images)
Grigor Dimitrov (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Third seed Grigor Dimitrov reached the quarter-finals of the Chengdu Open in China on Wednesday.

Dimitrov of Bulgaria won in straight sets, defeating Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6(1), 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes.

In the first set, there were no breaks of serve and things were decided via a tie-break which Dimitrov won 7-1 after Lajovic dropped his serve three times in the breaker.

Dimitrov got off to the perfect start in the second set by claiming the Serbs serve in the opening game on his fifth break-point-attempt.

From then on things went with serve until the ninth game where Lajovic saved two match points to hold his serve. Dimitrov then served out the match to win 6-4.

In another second round match, Karen Khachanov of Russia reached the quarter-finals by beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.  

In first round action, Spanish fifth seed Albert Ramos battled past Michael Berrer of Germany 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 and sixth seed Viktor Troicki of Serbia beat Casper Ruud of Norway 6-3, 7-6(4).

China's Wu Di downed Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia 6-3, 6-2 while the crowd favourite, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus needed over three hours to defeat Spain's Pablo Carreno 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
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