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Bulgaria Young Tennis Star Dimitrov Takes Top Ranked Nadal to Decider

Bulgaria’s young tennis star, Grigor Dimitrov, pushed world number 1 Rafael Nadal all the way in an enthralling hard court contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands late Thursday. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal eventually prevailed 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 and will now proceed to the ABN Amro quarter-finals.

Dimitrov showed he wasn’t nervous or intimidated when the 478th-ranked wild card from Bulgaria broke Nadal for 4-4, only to lose his serve again at 5-5 as Nadal won the first set.

Dimitrov, last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior champion broke Nadal at 4-3 in the second and held on to force a decider.

There, Nadal’s experience was the difference, as he saved two break points and finally won after 2 hours and 25 minutes.

“He will certainly be a great player and for sure reach the top 10,” Nadal said about Bulgaria’s young prospect after the tough game.

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