Grigor Dimitrov upended No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 to advance to his third final of the season at the Aegon Championships on Saturday, where he’ll face Feliciano Lopez. The 13th-ranked Bulgarian has rebounded well from his disappointing first-round loss at the French Open to advance to his first grass-court final without dropping a set. A win on Sunday would mean Dimitrov, who has won his last three finals, will have won a title on all three surfaces this season, after winning Acapulco on hard court and Bucharest on clay.
“It took a lot of courage for me to just come right up here and sort of grind out there on the grass court and finding a way to get through every day with that stinging pain from the French Open,” Dimitrov said. “It was just painful. I was dwelling on it every day. But at the same time that pushed me into those hard sessions on and off the court. Eventually it put me in a really good position. I was really positive coming into this week.”
He’s been so confident and energized that he hit one of the most ridiculous winners we’ve seen this season on Saturday. In the second set, Dimitrov tracked down a well-placed drop shot from Wawrinka and nearly slid into the splits to scoop a sharp-angle forehand pass for the winner. Everything you need to know about Dimitrov is in this shot — his speed, flexibility, touch, and creativity.
Here’s how the shot developed in photos (Via Jan Kruger/Getty Images):
And here’s how it played out in in slow motion:
Needless to say, it was all working for Dimitrov today, who notched his third top 10 win of the season. As for Wawrinka, he drops to 14-18 for his career on grass. This about sums it up for Stan: