Dimitrov advances in Paris

  • Last Updated: May 28 2013, 17:03 BST

Highly-rated youngster Grigor Dimitrov reached the last 64 of the French Open after his opponent Alejandro Falla retired through injury.

Grigor Dimitrov: The Bulgarian advanced after his opponent quit
Grigor Dimitrov: The Bulgarian advanced after his opponent quit

The Bulgarian 26th seed was 6-4, 1-0 up in their rain-delayed match when the Colombian pulled out of the contest with an elbow problem.

Dimitrov remains on a collision course for a rematch against world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round - just weeks after knocking him out of the Madrid Open.

"I am happy that I finished the match," said the 22-year-old, who has yet to get beyond the second round of a major.

"It's never easy to play the first round in a Grand Slam especially with the weather the way that it was.

"I think you come into a tournament, you've got to be ready and come positive and loaded with energy. Playing matches and playing good players gives you confidence.

"I think with every match you're starting to wonder, you know, I can go further. Then I think once that talk kind of seals in your head and you have that set of mind, that I can win and coming on court every day and trying to do something better."


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