Australian Open: Grigor Dimitrov & Eugenie Bouchard into last 16

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Australian Open: Grigor Dimitrov & Eugenie Bouchard into last 16

23 January 2015 : Tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted former finalist Marcos Baghdatis over five sets to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open.

The Bulgarian won 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 in three hours and 28 minutes and will play Andy Murray or Joao Sousa next.

Meanwhile, Canadian seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard beat Caroline Garcia 7-5 6-0 on Rod Laver Arena.

Roger Federer plays Andreas Seppi before Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal feature in Friday’s late matches.

There was doubles success early on day five as both Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot made it through to the last 32.

Murray and Australian partner John Peers beat Aussies Omar Jasika and John-Patrick Smith 6-2 6-3, while Inglot and Romania’s Florin Mergea beat Argentines Diego Schwatrzman and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-2.

Inglot and Mergea are in line to face top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan next.

Heather Watson’s doubles campaign with Alexandra Panova came to an end on court seven with a 6-0 6-2 defeat by Russians Kudryatseva and Pavlyuchenkova.

Tomas Berdych has had quite a week, getting engaged to girlfriend Ester while launching another assault on a first Grand Slam title – he reached the fourth round on Friday.

The Czech has enlisted the help of coach Dani Vallverdu, having taken on the Venezuelan after his departure from Team Murray in November.

After trying and failing to get Ivan Lendl on board, it seemed likely that Berdych had been given the nod by his illustrious compatriot to hook up with Vallverdu, but apparently not.

“It’s not about recommending,” Berdych told BBC Sport. “That meeting [with Lendl] was mainly about me trying to bring Ivan to my team and it didn’t work out, and that was it.

“[Working with Vallverdu] is something that came up after and it’s easy to kind of put it together, but it was not happening at all. That’s how it is.”

Source : BBC Sport



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