Novak Djokovic and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov were tied when the storms halted play Thursday night, with the match being suspended to Friday.
The Serbian player Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov split the first 2 sets and then headed inside for a long rain delay. Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic broke Grigor Dimitrov to go up 2-1 in the 3rd set, and more rain prompted play to be called off. After a 90-minute delay, the match resume and Djokovic went up a break 2-1 before a final rainstorm rolled in and organizers called a halt for the night. They’ll resume in the morning.
The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov has only ever beaten Novak Djokovic once but appears unfazed by the challenge of facing the former world No 1.
“It’s Novak. He can do anything,” Dimitrov said when asked for his thoughts about his third round opponent.
Novak Djokovic came to Cincinnati hoping to build on the momentum of his Wimbledon title and get in shape for a deep run in the US Open.
In press conference Djokovic wasn’t asked about his upcoming match against Dimitrov, but the Serb said he looks forward to improve his game:
‘Well, just trying to stay committed, trying to stay focused, and taking day by day, trying to raise the level a little bit each day. You know, Canada was okay. You know, I haven’t played really well there. Here, as well. Patches of the match today I played well, but certain patches also not really well. I’m still looking for that consistency. I think it’s quite important as the matches get tougher now and the opponents are higher-ranked, I mean, I am going to need that consistency and need to be solid and kind of hit with confidence. So I’m looking for that. I know that, you know, from the experience it might come very quickly all of a sudden, so I’m hoping for that.’