Dimitrov Dominates Nadal In Beijing; Murray Rolls Into SF Battle With Ferrer
by Staff | October 7th, 2016, 11:56 am
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Grigor Dimitrov won his first career match over Rafael Nadal seven tries and he did it in dominating fashion, beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Beijing semifinals.

“I feel that I played a bad match in a lot of aspects. Is obvious that Grigor played much better than me, so he deserved to win,” Nadal said. “I cannot have two breaks and lose 6-2 the first set. When this happens, something is going very bad, no? If you have two breaks, you should have a big possibility to win the set. Having two breaks, I lost 6-2.

“Start in the second set again with a break, and it was a disaster. Losing five serves in a row is something that you cannot win a match like this. That’s it. I fighted until the last ball, but going all the time against the score and all the time against the bad feelings, psychologically bad feelings, because I was losing and suffering later with my serve all the time.”

Nadal, who had won the Beijing title in 2005, never held serve in the first set. And there were five straight breaks to start the match.

“I’m pretty happy with that win,” Dimitrov said. “I’m not going to lie. I’ve played Rafa quite a few times. So many times I think I was close or like I remember a couple times I was cramping. There was just always something happening.

“Today I just think I played an excellent match. Simple as that. I mean, honestly, there’s not much else to say except for sure I’m proud. A lot of the work is paying off.”

Dimitrov was 0-6 against Nadal until today.

“I’m not playing a mediocre player here. I’m playing a man that I really respect, always look up to,” Dimitrov added. “I use him even sometimes as an inspiration when I’m down in a match or something. He’s one of the biggest fighters for me by far. Honestly, there’s nothing else you can say about Rafa. He has proven himself so many times.”

Dimitrov will meet Milos Raonic in the semifinals. The Canadain won two matches on the day beating Malek Jaziri and then Pablo Carreno Busta, both in straight sets.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray cruised into the semifinals beating countryman and qualifier Kyle Edmund 7-6, 6-2. Murray didn’t drop a point on first serve in the first set.

“I think the conditions kind of allowed it a bit more than maybe when I played my last match. When you’re playing outdoors in the evening, it’s extremely cold. Normally playing indoors, a little bit easier to serve, can be a little bit quicker,” Murray said.

“Both of us got quite a lot of free points on the serve in the first set. Yeah, I served well. It was the best I served in the three matches that I played here so far. Yeah, got a lot of success with that. Yeah, I didn’t lose a point behind my first serve in the first set, so that was very positive.”

Murray will now meet David Ferrer on Saturday. The Spaniard needed three sets to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7, 6-1, 7-5. The 19-year-old Zverev had a break lead twice in the final set but was unable to hold the lead.

Murray has won 13 of 20 meetings with Ferrer including the last six.

“It will be hard, for sure. Every match against him, he certainly makes you earn it,” Murray said of facing Ferrer. “There’s not many short points. He’s a great returner, moves extremely well. He makes every match tough.

“You always have to play very well to win against him. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you lose the match. I’ll have to play very well tomorrow against him and I expect it to be very hard.”

SATURDAY BEIJING SCHEDULE
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 12:30 pm
WTA – [1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [11] J. Konta (GBR) vs [8] M. Keys (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [5] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [16] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [3] A. Radwanska (POL) or Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [3] M. Raonic (CAN) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)


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22 Comments for Dimitrov Dominates Nadal In Beijing; Murray Rolls Into SF Battle With Ferrer

roy Says:

dimitrov has a terrible return. that tells you how bad nadal is serving right now.


Okiegal Says:

@Roy…….He served great in his first match.,…..I am scratching my head???


Margot Says:

OK: Team “eye candy” played well, better than for years, I’d say. Caught Rafa on the hop and, as his confidence evaporated, so did his game.


Margot Says:

C’mom Mr Magic! He now has more ATP wins than anyone else this year. Way to go!


J-Kath Says:

PS to Margot: Wogboy’s on the loose on your Welsh streets…if you’re going out wear your Halloween gear…..


Colin Says:

Note that Nadal’s post-match remarks are quoted first in this article. I think the winner should be first (surely he’d be interviewed first?).

Murray won pretty convincingly over Ferrer, yet another reminder that the years are catching up with the dogged Spaniard. Dimitrov will provide a sterner test, but Andy should beat him.


AndyMira Says:

Andy,congrats for another final..and i predict will get a very tough task from the fresher Dimi,hope he will keep his cool and win Beijing and edge a little closer to the Nr 1..

#KeepcalmAndy!


Giles Says:

Does it really matter whose post match remarks are quoted first??


AndyMira Says:

Andy’s got a pretty nightmare draw in Shanghai..Possible SF with Stan..also JMDP and Lucas Pouille in his path as well..Oh well..


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Yes his confidence level hit rock bottom…..but I have actually gotten used to that! 😱😱😱


Okiegal Says:

@Colin…..The media couldn’t wait to get at him first since he got drilled…….I remember one interview Rafa had when he had lost. Quote: “I started playing bad and ended up playing worse”…..but in this match he did play a better 2nd set…..according to the score, anyway.


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andy!


Willow Says:

Okie Im with Giles on this one, not sure why its an issue who is interviewed first ?, bit crankey i suppose as it seems lately, that Rafa can play awesome one day, and then so crap the next, thats why im not sharing RZs enthusiasm on him qualifying for London, it just seems to me the majority of players are killing themselves to get there, and when they do they are too knackered to make much of impression anyway, apart from one or two challenges, the rest seem to be there to make up the numbers ….


Willow Says:

And yes come on Andy ;-)) ….


Margot Says:

Dimi looked good, Andy looked tired and don’t think pulled muscle entirely OK.
Not confident


J-Kath Says:

All Dani Vall. will have to say to Grigor is to keep battering at Andy and the title’s yours.


Michael Says:

Rafa has definitely lost his touch and that is so bad for Tennis.


Margot Says:

Nothing stays the same Michael and yes, I am reconciled to the fact that one day even the Mighty Murray will hang up his tennis racquet for ever.
And what a wild ride it will have been. Wouldn’t have missed it for an instant.
Lots of new kids are coming through at long last and that can only be good for the game. If you atrophy, you die.


J-Kath Says:

@ Margot:

Blessed be the next three years, halleluhah. Not wanting to be a “cougar” yet so haven’t plumped on my “new” kid. Have you?


J-Kath Says:

Just did a tiny survey based on EOY rankings (as we look for new kid on the block)!!

Under 25 year olds in top 20 players in EOY, there are 4 Under 25:
Thiem, Pouille, Kyrios and Zverez.

In 25 and Under 30 category there are 8:
Nole, Andy, Milos, Kei, Marin, Goffin, Agut and Grigor.

In 30 plus category there are 8 thirty years or over:
Stan, Gael, Rafa, Tomas, Roger, Jo, Guevas and Gasquet.

Not sure what this says, except maybe another 2 – 3 years before we see the changing of the Tennis Guard???


Willow Says:

Blessed Be J-Kath ;-)) ….

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