Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dimitrov outlasts Cilic in 5-set marathon

Dimitrov outlasts Cilic in 5-set marathon
Dimitrov outlasts Cilic in 5-set marathon

Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Marin Cilic 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the longest match so far at this year's French Open, which lasted nearly 4+ hours.

"Every win that I have now, I appreciate it," admitted Dimitrov. "I don't really think of who I'm playing against. I just want to have those wins... It was a very, very important match to me, without a doubt, though. Clearly I have struggled the past two, three months. The shoulder hasn't been great. So a lot of moving parts. A lot of changes overall. I feel great, and I'm very, so to speak, focused and excited for what's ahead."

"I think there is a lot for me to take out of this match," said Dimitrov. "I think this is the important part for me now. It was definitely one of the greatest matches I have played for a long time. A lot of credit to Marin. I have so much respect to Marin. He's a tremendous fighter [and] never gives up.

"I think on both ends today we raised our game a little bit, sort of with each game that we played. Almost towards the end of the match, we served almost impeccably, to be honest. So that was something that already I take a lot of confidence from, and hopefully I can reproduce it for the match ahead. I think I'm going to definitely have a look at that match tomorrow. I'm really curious to see a couple of things and hopefully keep same way. Hopefully that was a turning point."

Cilic and Dimitrov were seeded third and fourth at Roland Garros last year, but both have fallen outside the top 10. Dimitrov, who is all the way down to No. 46, next faces Stan Wawrinka.