(January 19, 2015) Grigor Dimitrov defeated Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6 -2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday in 69 minutes.
“It was a good start for me,” said the 10th seed. “Of course, I expected it to be tricky. The conditions were good. Court was great. I think it was just a little tough for everyone to get into that rhythm, to get used to the court. It was pretty windy today, so, yeah, I think overall it’s been a good start for me.”
The 23 year-old Bulgarian hit 11 aces and 30 winners in the 69-minute victory on the No. 2 show court.
“It’s never easy to play against him,” Dimitrov continued.”I believe I played against him on clay court maybe three, four years ago. I remember it was tight three sets. You don’t know what to expect against him. I think the biggest thing for me today was that I just came out on the court and I was really composed. I knew what I had to do, and I just didn’t — I didn’t feel like I gave him chance to do his game, so to speak. Didn’t give him chance to play his shots. I think that discouraged him a little bit. After a couple breaks I already knew the match can go on my side, but at the same I have to stay focused. It’s best-of-five sets and you never know what kind of shot or ball can take you out of that momentum.”
Dimitrov, making his fifth appearance at the first major of the year, reached the quarterfinals last year, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. He will play either Lukas Lacko Slovakia or Maximo Gonzalez in the next round.