Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov Records First Victory Against FedererSports | March 11, 2015, Wednesday // 06:00| views
Bulgaria's top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. File photo
Bulgaria’s top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov recorded his first victory against Roger Federer on Wednesday.
This was achieved in the BNP Paribas Showdown, which was played in the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Dimitrov, who had suffered three defeats in his official encounters with Federer, won the exhibition match with 6:2, 1:6, 7:5, Sportal.bg reports.
The match was more of a show with both tennis players entertaining themselves on the court, but also demonstrating some great skills.
The Bulgarian won the first set with 6:2 after achieving a break in the third game, in which he did not concede a point to his opponent.
Federer gave a short interview after the first set, in which he identified Dimitrov as one of the tennis players that will dominate the sport in the next ten years.
The Swiss recovered control of the match after winning convincingly with 6:1 in the second set.
It was Dimitrov’s turn to give an interview, in which he shared his excitement to be playing in the “World’s Most Famous Arena”.
The third set was the most contested, which was won by the Bulgarian with 7:5 after achieving a break in the final game.
The most curious moment of the third set was when Dimitrov gave his racket to a spectator, who won a point against Federer.
The opening match of the exhibition pitted against each other female tennis legends Gabriela Sabatini and Monica Seles.
The match, which was won by Sabatini with 8:5, commemorated the 25th anniversary of their WTA Championships five-set final match.
The BNP Paribas Showdown is a one-night tennis exhibition, which has been held at the Madison Square Garden since 2008 and culminates with the celebration of World Tennis Day.