‘Baby Fed’ aiming to oust real thing

 

GRIGOR Dimitrov will aim for a breakthrough win in the third round over the man he was once compared to.

Seen as one of tennis' next big things, the Bulgarian was once dubbed 'Baby Fed' due to the similarities of his game style with 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer.

But his career slowed to a crawl in 2015, his ranking dropping from No.11 to No.28.

The 24-year-old has begun the season solidly, reaching the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International (when beaten by Federer) and final of the Sydney International.

Looking to avoid a repeat of last year's third-round exit at Melbourne Park - and notch his 300th victory in grand slams - Federer, 34, said he was wary.

"He (Dimitrov) is on a high right now," Federer (pictured) said after overcoming. Alexandr Dolgoplov in straight sets in the second round.

Dimitrov, who advanced after beating Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti, is 0-4 against the Swiss champion, but did take a set off him in Brisbane.

"I'm out here to perform the best way I can, and hopefully ... I can play better tennis than (in) Brisbane and maybe do couple of things different that I thought I could have done back then," he said.

Meanwhile, world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be out to win his third-round clash against Italy's Andreas Seppi, the match coming after reports in an Italian newspaper the Serb "wanted to lose" a match in 2007. Djokovic labelled the claim "absurd".

Seppi ousted Federer in the third round last year, but is 0-11 against Djokovic.


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