Grigor Dimitrov was on hand to defeat inform Juan Martin del Potro for the third straight time Wednesday in Beijing, dispatching the former US Open champion 7-6(6), 7-5.
“Very pleased that I was able to finish in straight sets. DelPo is an absolutely unbelievable competitor,” said Dimitrov. “Every time we play it’s absolutely stunning. He’s a great guy. I love practising with him. I love competing against him.”
Dimitrov was 0-5 against the Argentine but has now won three straight and his last six sets against del Potro.
Nick Kyrgios advanced with a three set 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 comeback win over Mischa Zverev. A year ago Kyrgios infamously tanked against Zverev in Shanghai. Today, a much better performance.
“Obviously didn’t have a great one last year,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously got suspended after that. I just wanted to go out there today and kind of redeem myself a little bit from last year. I just wanted to prove to myself how much I have improved.