VIDEO: Jared Donaldson serves underhand to Grigor Dimitrov; both players react

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 | 0

Jared Donaldson had a pretty memorable day in the office even as his French Open campaign came to an end on Wednesday.

The American youngster, who had edged past Nicolas Jarry of Chile in five sets in the first round, was engaged in another marathon encounter, this time against 4th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the second round.

Despite going down fighting 7-6 4-6 6-4 4-6 8-10, Donaldson grabbed the limelight after unleashing a winning underhand serve.

At 6-6 (40-30) in the fifth set, Donaldson ditched the orthodox overhand service. His effort paid off as Dimitrov’s backhand slice landed out.

“I would never try it if I was feeling 100 per cent and stuff,” the 21-year-old said in the post-match press conference, as quoted by Tennis365.com.

“But obviously Grigor was playing so far back on the return that I felt like, ‘You know, maybe it’s just something that I’ll try.’

“I think honestly it just surprised him. He obviously wasn’t expecting it. It was kind of a cheeky way to get a point.”

Dimitrov couldn’t agree more. “It was beautiful, right? He wanted to use something different to kind of try to put me off guard,” he said.

Dimitrov is next scheduled to face 30th seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

 

 

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