Q. Tell us about how you felt in the match. Easy first set, and then it became a little bit more of a match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Obviously the conditions were very tough today. The court, it was raining all the time. I mean, it's never easy. I must say he played also good, good second set. I think I let him come into the match a little bit. I think he used opportunity to come back. Was up a break. I mean, overall, I think I was just ‑ I think I was just playing pretty average tennis, trying to win the points and, you know, cooperate with the weather best way possible and kept my composure good throughout the sets and felt good to the end of the match.
Q. In Madrid you played really well. How would you compare your form as of this week compared to a couple of weeks ago? And I guess looking up to the next round.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it's different. I mean, it's different when you play a Masters event, best of three sets obviously, and then you come to a Grand Slam. Your mindset, everything you set up in a different way. I feel I'm playing good. I know I can bring a bit more steam into the game. I think I might need that the next round, obviously, so I'm just going to, you know, have doubles to play in the same time, so hopefully I can get a few things worked out before that. So I'm actually really looking forward to the next round. I mean, hopefully it's going to bring out the best out of me.
Q. You just played one set in the first round. Three sets today and short match. Do you think you have enough rhythm, your form already find the rhythm, before playing probably Djokovic?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, that's one of the things that I have been ‑ I have been obviously thinking about it. I didn't have so many sets to fight on, of course, and in a way that gives you an extra, extra boost in your ‑ and gives you a good level of energy coming into that match, knowing that, you know, you basically have more power than whoever I'm playing the next round, than your opponent.I mean, everything can happen obviously in that match. It's, I mean, you play against No.1 player in the world, it's ‑ of course it's pleasure in the same time, but, you know, you've got to do everything from yourself and you've got to do the best thing you can.
Q. What can you say about Lucas Pouille and his game?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I haven't seen him, I mean, playing in general. I think he's pretty talented. He's playing well all over the court. You know, he uses his forehand well. I mean, of course, he's still, you know, upcoming and I think he has a bright future. That's the one thing that is for sure. The other thing is just keep working on the right things and, you know, he'll be good.
Q. I just want to know if you have a routine when it's raining and when you're back in the locker room.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I mean, obviously it's never easy, never easy. Coming on and off the court three times is never ‑you know, never much fun. I mean, what can you do? You just follow the things that you have done, the practice before and everything. There's not something that is very specific that, you know, we do, but I'm just trying to follow everything. And that's the whole protocol, you know, before a match and everything. So that feels quite kind of good. And coming ‑‑ try to come out in the court the same way I came out. So it's a fine line. You have to find the right tuneup.
Q. No time maybe to relax or read or have some music?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, that's, I mean, what we do, anyway. (Smiling.)
Q. You're often spoken of as part of a generation of young players who are emerging, others like Raonic and Janowicz and Tomic, for example. Excluding yourself, who else of sort of that group of players might be the first person to really make a breakthrough or go the furthest?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, that's a tough question. I mean, I don't know. Obviously ‑ I mean, I know all the guys that are on the tour and, you know, the young guys, us, the young guys, I think all of us have, I mean, chance to, you know, break in as everybody, as everyone else. So that's ‑ I can't name one guy in particular, because, I mean, all of us are having I think great ‑ sort of a great results lately. And, I mean, but I also ‑ I don't pay much attention to what, you know, the others are doing. I'm not trying to follow or see what the others are doing or playing, so that's maybe one of the other things for me.
Q. What's it really like to be playing Djokovic and have a chance to get in the fourth round?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it's a great feeling, obviously. I'm going to smile coming out on the court. That's the one thing. Smiling won't win the match. (Smiling.) It's a great feeling, and again, it's the third round. Definitely on a big court. Good odds, I mean, for everything. So, you know, most important thing is just to, you know, to go out there obviously and just try to of course try to enjoy the game. And in the same time I'm really looking forward to play at my best. And you never know what's going to happen. But, I mean, I don't think I can explain the feeling, you know, going out on court and being able to compete.
Q. What do you like the most about playing on a really big court?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, everything. You have more space to run, obviously. You know, it's more crowded, and I think the whole flare in the air, you just feel it. It's a big thing. It's a big court. Obviously things are coming also to you, as well, and you try to do the best you can and obviously brings you good thoughts.
Q. Compared to a year ago playing on clay, how have you improved your game? And I'm thinking about your Swedish coaches, because they're of course masters of clay. What have you learned specifically on this surface?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I have been practicing a lot indoors, practicing a lot indoors. Yeah, believe it or not. (Smiling.)
Q. No clay?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. Indoor hard. I grew up on clay. I mean, I grew up on clay. That was my first surface, obviously. But, you know, coming into Good to Great was definitely a step for me. That raised up my level in many ways. And since the clay court season was open, we actually spent a lot of hours on the clay now. There you go. Yeah, I mean, we have been just working pretty hard and, you know, trying to improve every day, and, you know, kind of basic things. So, yeah.
Q. But nothing special, sliding, more cross, more spin?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No.
Q. The usual?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: The usual.
Q. We're doing questions from fans to players. This question is not from me. I'm just being a relay. How do you think you would rank in a contest of sexiest tennis player on tour?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You're seriously going to ask me that?
Q. I just did. I'm relaying it and waiting for your answer.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You want me to rank what?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Myself?
Q. How do you think you would rank in sexiest tennis player contest?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Why don't you ask the people? Why are you asking me? How can I put myself out of the top 3 then? Tell me. (Laughter.)