IF STOCKHOLM OPEN 2014
DIMITROV BEGINS TITLE DEFENCE IN STOCKHOLM; SOCK REACHES SECOND ROUND
by ATP Staff
© If Stockholm OpenGrigor Dimitrov is the defending champion at the If Stockholm Open.
began defence of his maiden ATP World Tour crown on Wednesday and advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 7-6(4) triumph over Russian .
The second seed converted all three break points against his 29-year-old opponent and served at 62 per cent during the second-round encounter. Since winning in Stockholm last year (d. Ferrer), the 23-year-old Bulgarian has claimed titles in Acapulco (d. Anderson), Bucharest (d. Rosol) and at The Queen's Club in London (d. F. Lopez).
, who is currently at a career-high No. 51 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, hit 11 aces past on Wednesday in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 win over one hour and 44 minutes in the first round. The pair met two weeks ago at the , with Sock saving two match points in a three-set win. Sock would face Dimitrov in the Stockholm quarter-finals should he beat his next opponent, .
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