Grigor Dimitrov came from behind to upset local favorite Cameron Norrie on Monday at the Cinch Championships, scoring a 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-4 win over the third seed at Queen’s Club in London.
The unranked Bulgarian, playing his first event since a third round at Roland Garros, started strong on the grass but still found himself a set as Britain’s Norrie dominated the opening set tie-break winning the last four stitches in a row.
But Dimitrov maintained his solid form on serve – he didn’t face a break point until the third set, when he saved the four against him – and started to make breakthroughs on the return as he went. as the match progressed. After dominating the second set, Dimitrov scored the only break of the third in the fifth game of the set. He escaped 0/40 to hold 5-3, then served it after seeing a match point begging on the return.
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This is the world No. 22’s first ATP Head2Head win over Norrie after back-to-back losses at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami and Indian Wells last season.
Dimitrov could face another Briton next, if qualifier Paul Jubb gets past Botic van de Zandschulp.
Marin Cilic, semi-finalist at Roland Garros in his last outing, eliminated Briton Liam Broady, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, to close the day in London. The seventh seed was heading for a routine victory, with a set and a break, but lost control of her serve midway through the second to give Broady a lifeline.
After conceding two breaks in three shaky service games to close out the second, Cilic regrouped in the third. He crossed three love holds in the decider, dropping just four points on serve in the set, and earned the crucial break with Broady serving at 5-5.
“It was entertaining, I have to say. And a little scary,” Cilic assessed. “It’s not easy. First game of the tournament, first game on grass. [Broady] fought very hard… he came back and caused me a lot of problems.”
The two-time Queen’s Club champion, who called the event “the best week of the year”, will next face Alexander Bublik. The 24-year-old won a 6-3 opening set against Lorenzo Musetti before the Italian #NextGenATP retired after a crash.