January 18, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – The much-anticipated third round match at the Australian Open between Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, two of the game’s rising stars, lived up to its billing on Saturday in Melbourne.
The match highlighted the two players’ contrasting styles. Dimitrov played a clean match, hitting 45 winners compared to just 13 unforced errors en route to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10) victory to reach his first Grand Slam Round of 16. In the fourth set tiebreak, both players were at the top of their games and featured five match points for Dimitrov and two set points for Raonic.
Raonic was trying to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third time in his career.
Eugenie Bouchard is now the lone Canadian still in contention in singles and she will play her fourth round match against Aussie Casey Dellacqua during Sunday’s night session at Rod Laver Arena.
Bouchard also advanced to the third round of women’s doubles on Saturday after she and her partner, Vera Dushevina of Russia, upset the tournament’s no. 11 seeds Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-4, 7-5. For his part, Daniel Nestor remained undefeated in 2014 after he and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic 7-5, 6-1 to reach round three.