Melbourne: Grigor Dimitrov became the first Bulgarian man to qualify for a Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Monday and said he fancied his chances against next opponent Rafael Nadal. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)
The 22nd seed, nicknamed "Baby Fed" because his game resembles Roger Federer's, ousted unseeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours 24 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.
The 22-year-old, who is dating Maria Sharapova, will face 13-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in the last eight on Wednesday. "We all know that he has won tons of slams. He's been a tremendous competitor. He's Rafa. We all know him," Dimitrov said. (Related: Sharapova knocked out | Who is Sharapova?)
"But I just want to put myself in position to play those guys. I have had tough battles with him in the past. Played a couple times on clay. There were always little things missing.
Dimitrov broke the Spaniard's serve four times and won 85 percent of his first-serve points in a strong performance with 38 winners. While five Bulgarian women have played in quarter-finals at a Grand Slam, Dimitrov is the first man from his country to reach the last eight at a major tournament. (Azarenka storms into quarters | Halep floors Jankovic)