ATP Tour

Muller stuns Dimitrov with Basel ace assault

Gilles Muller (AP)
Gilles Muller (AP)

Basel - Gilles Muller unleashed 17 aces as he stormed back for a 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the Swiss Indoors first round on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old veteran from Luxembourg lost the opening set but made the last two count as he fought through in just under 2.5 hours to earn the upset win.

Muller produced 44 winners and broke three times against the world-ranked 18 from Bulgaria.

Muller, 37th in the world, pulled ahead of Dimitrov 3-2 in their career series as he avenged a January semi-final loss in Sydney.

Swiss hero Roger Federer and rival Rafael Nadal are missing from the Basel tournament after both ended their seasons early to fully recover from injuries.

Top seed Stan Wawrinka was opening his assault later in an all-Swiss showdown with Basel wildcard and Federer childhood friend Marco Chiudinelli.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Royal Antwerp 1
Tottenham 0
loading... Live
AEK Athens 0
Leicester City 2
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8978 votes
Cricket
11% - 2327 votes
Football
19% - 4097 votes
Athletics
2% - 529 votes
Boxing
1% - 191 votes
Cycling
2% - 499 votes
Golf
5% - 1046 votes
Motorsport
9% - 1819 votes
Tennis
3% - 727 votes
Water sports
1% - 198 votes
American sports
1% - 267 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 680 votes
Vote