Stars Shine on World Tennis Day
Gabriela Sabatini d Monica Seles 8-5
Grigor Dimitrov d Roger Federer 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
With the third annual World Tennis Day on March 10, the World Tennis Day Showdown was held in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” for the eighth time ever. The Showdown kicked off with a throwback match between Gabriela Sabatini and Monica Seles. The legends meeting marks the 25th anniversary of their WTA Championships five-set final match. It was Sabatini who overpowered and overcame the nine-time Major champion Seles in a pro set, 8-5.
In the much-anticipated match-up of the night, Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov gave the crowd a little bit of everything. From tweeners to giggles to a joint on-court interview, fans got a true taste of Federer and Dimitrov's friendship. The Bulgarian young gun got off to a fiery start, quickly taking the first set. The vibrant New York City crowd lifted Federer's spirits and with it, his game, in the second to push the match to a third and deciding set. The turning point in the final set came when a young fan made his way on court (with the help of Dimitrov) and won a point off of the former World No.1 to give Grigor a 30-0 lead. It was all Dimitrov from that point on, clinching the win 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.