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Josmar Taveras, USA Today

Tight Measures, New York – Roger Federer began his summer with heartache, losing the epic Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic. He completed it late on Tuesday night in a perhaps even more torturous way, performed by a beam and breathtaking play by Grigor Dimitrov.

The 28-year-old Dimitrov defeated the 20-time Grand Slam champion for the first time in eight attempts, winning 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at Arthur Ash Stadium. who was undoubtedly the greatest of his career.

The Bulgarian, once number 3 in the world and now ranked 78th, wears the nickname "Baby Fed" for his backhand and deft touch with one hand.

And now, Baby Fed will play in its first semifinal at the US Open.

"It certainly wasn't 100 percent by itself," Dimitrov told Federer.

The result was even more remarkable in view of Dimitrov's travelogues this year; he missed almost two months with a bruised shoulder and when he returned to the tour he was a shell of himself and had lost seven of his eight previous matches in the open. One of the losses was for the 405th ranked player in the world.

Now, five wins later, he is in his first semi-final of the Open, the winner of the greatest tennis champion of all time.

It seems to control after Taking the third set, Dimitrov raised his level in the fourth by taking a break and almost almost lifting a second break before Federer, digging, gave up seven break points and finally held on for 3-4 when the corner his backhand volley produced a

Federer gamely fought to win the match in four sets, and had three break points to go up 0-40, one point from match to match at 5-5. Dimitrov battled all three break points, then two more, holding on to the biggest game of his life, securing the set, 6-4.

Immediately after Federer requested a coach and left the court for a doctor's timeout, the match was delayed by nearly 10 minutes. When he returned, he was ill-equipped, betrayed by his usually flawless forehand.

Federer said that the treatment was to loosen the upper back and neck, but he downplayed the extent of his injury.

"This is Grigor's moment, not my body's moment," Federer said. "Grigor managed to get me out. I was struggling with what I had. That is. So it's good."

Grigor Dimitrov celebrates winning the second set against Roger Federer. (Photo: Daniel Parkhizkaran, USA TODAY Sports)

Dimitrov stopped the match for love, Federer missed the forehand, shocking end of the 2019 Open to Federer, a five-time champion who at 38 years old never seemed so vulnerable . He had 61 errors.

Although he would not determine exactly when he was starting to feel bad, he did point out early breaks that left him behind.

"When you are down, you feel worse," he said. "The start of the fourth was not perfect. The start of the fifth was not perfect. It was running from behind. It was difficult."

So Federer will come back and win another major?

"I don't have the crystal ball. Yes, right? I hope, of course. I think it was still a positive season. I'm disappointed now, but I'll" I'll be back, I'll be fine. "

played Russian Daniel Medvedev, who eliminated Stan Vavrinka earlier on Tuesday and will play in his first Grand Slam semifinal.

"A tough opponent; he has a great summer, "Dimitrov said of Medvedev.

Contributed by Heather Tucker

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