Victory on grass helps Dimitrov banish Paris nightmare

Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:22pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov eased into the grasscourt season with a confident victory over Britain's James Ward in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Tuesday.

The fourth seed, back in action for the first time since a surprise first-round defeat at the French Open, won 7-5 6-3 to move into the third round of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

Giant South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson also flourished in the warm sunshine, ending the hopes of another British player, Dan Evans, 6-2 6-3.

Dimitrov, 23, will arrive at Wimbledon as a serious contender after an impressive year that was thrown briefly off the rails by serving machine Ivo Karlovic at Roland Garros.

While disappointing, that defeat allowed the world number 13 to get in some extra days of preparation on grass - a surface ideally suited to his free-flowing game.

"No more dust on your bag and no more clay court shoes," said Dimitrov who has won two titles already this year. "It's a completely different ball game.

"I've been dwelling a little bit on it," he told reporters of his French Open defeat, "but at the same time I have it as a positive thing.

"The French was a tough moment for me. It happens but it gave me extra days out here."

And his hopes for Wimbledon?   Continued...

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov returns the ball during his men's singles tennis match victory over Britain's James Ward at the Queen's Club Championships tennis tournament in west London, June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville