By Chris Oddo/ Thursday, October 24, 2013
If a hot shot happens in Basel, and the shot in question was a few centimeters wide, is it really a hot shot? That is the question we're debating today, after Grigor Dimitrov hit this forehand winner from the seat of his shorts while Alexandr Dolgopolov stood watching, helplessly.
The final verdict? Hell, yes.
Dimitrov's winner went unchallenged and he was awarded the point. On the next point he closed out his 6-3, 6-2 win, setting up what is sure to be a heavily anticipated clash against Roger Federer in Friday evening's quarterfinals at the Swiss Indoors.
Dimitrov has been in fine form in Basel. Coming off his first ATP title in Stockholm last week, the 22-year-old Bulgarian hit 12 aces and hit seventeen winners against seven unforced errors against Dolgopolov.
The Bulgarian is currently on a career-best seven-match winning streak, and will be facing Federer for the first time in his career. Time to dust off those Baby Federer headlines....
In other action at the Swiss Indoors, Juan Martin del Potro defeated Marcos Baghdatis, 6-1, 6-2, saving all five break points he faced. Del Potro will face Paul-Henri Mathieu in Friday's quarterfinals after the Frenchman defeated his compatriot Michael Llodra, 6-4, 6-3.
Other winners to move through to the quarterfinals in Basel on Thursday were Daniel Brands, Edouard Roger Vasselin and Vasek Pospisil.