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Dimitrov Meltdown Hands Opponent First ATP Tour Win

Diego Schwartzman took his first career ATP Tour title today in claiming the Istanbul Open after his opponent Grigor Dimitrov came to pieces over malfunctioning equipment—eventually destroying it, and handing championship point over as a penalty.

Dimitrov had a reported five broken strings during the match—one he initially led after winning the first set by tiebreak. But Schwartzman cruised through the third, and on a deuce point at 5-0 Dimitrov destroyed his equipment—telling the chair umpire beforehand he would do so—surrendering the match.

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