Istanbul, Turkey (SportsNetwork.com) – Second-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor
Dimitrov was an easy second-round winner Thursday at the inaugural Istanbul
Dimitrov went unchallenged in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan’s Andrey
Golubev on the red clay at Koza World of Sports Arena.
“It was a good match today and I am looking forward to tomorrow,” said
Dimitrov. “I played a solid, structured game and it was enough for me to win
Up next for the nifty Bulgarian will be capable Croat Ivan Dodig, who
came from behind to defeat Serb Dusan Lajovic 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 on Day 4.
In other second-round action, third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay overcame
Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Brazilian Thomaz
Bellucci got past Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Cuevas will battle Bellucci in an all-South American affair on Friday.
Two other quarterfinals will pit top-seeded former world No. 1 great Roger
Federer against in-form Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver and fourth-seeded
Colombian Santiago Giraldo versus fellow South American, eighth-seeded Diego
Schwartzman of Argentina.
The 33-year-old Swiss icon Federer is seeking his third title of 2015,
having reached three finals, including victories in Brisbane and Dubai.
Gimeno-Traver was a runner-up in Casablanca earlier this month.