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Wawrinka thrilled to topple Dimitrov

Early exit: Grigor Dimitrov shows his frustration
Early exit: Grigor Dimitrov shows his frustration

By Robert Jones

Three-time Major winner Stan Wawrinka stunned Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to reach the second round of Wimbledon.

Wawrinka, whose ranking has slumped to 225th after knee surgery, had lost his last four matches against Dimitrov, a 2014 semi-finalist. But at the tournament where he played what proved his last match of 2017, the 33-year-old was rejuvenated.

"It's a great feeling to win like this on Centre Court," said Wawrinka, twice a quarter-finalist. "I was moving well and feeling good. I knew it would be tough to beat a player like Grigor so my goal was to fight and focus."

Aljaz Bedene received polite applause rather than wild cheers as he recovered to beat British No.2 Cameron Norrie 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

A year ago, Bedene was celebrating a five-set win over Ivo Karlovic that generated one of the best atmospheres of SW19.

But, with Bedene having given up his fight to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup and switched back to his native Slovenia, he found himself on the other side of the coin.

Norrie took the first set with a break of serve in the final game and twice broke back in the second when Bedene forged ahead, but the latter took the tie-break.

Norrie saved two set points at 5-4 adrift in the third before Bedene claimed the tie-break, and a single break in the fourth proved enough.

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