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Grigor Dimitrov: Second round

Grigor Dimitrov speaks to the media after the 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win against Marcos Baghdatis

Q. How happy were you with this performance? I think it was 57 minutes before you made an unforced error. There was nothing you could do wrong, it looked like, from the outside.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Didn't know that (smiling). Yeah, that's a good day at the office.

It was, I think, a very comfortable match. Obviously I knew I was playing a dangerous opponent. Marcos is always very dangerous, especially on grass. He's done well here in the past.

So yeah, I felt that I was just playing good tennis; very focused, composed, and calm at the same time. I was doing everything the right way. I thought I was taking the right decisions. Serve was going in a good way, my forehand was working well, I kept the ball low, and I was using every opportunity I can to either break him or, yeah, look after my game.

Q. With the junior draw coming out today, I wonder what message you may have for the guys and girls starting...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Today I think... Yeah, exactly.

Q. What would you say to them? How would that set you up from in the past nine years?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What kind of advice I can give? I wouldn't be the best giving advice right now, knowing how I was back then (smiling).

So I wouldn't go there. But, yeah, I think when you step out on the grounds of Wimbledon, it's just -- you feel that respect, you feel that heritage, you feel the history, and all that. For me, winning here -- was it? Nine years ago?

Q. Yes.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Jesus. Wow. Yeah, winning nine years ago was one of my greatest memories that I have ever had. Yeah, winning that final on Court 1 was really special to me and definitely one of my, you know, my highlights of my career.

I have won different matches, different tournaments, especially now on tour level. But I think what I had to go through back then was way more emotional. It meant a lot to me, to my country.

So yeah, I think advice, I think as soon as you get out here on the court, you try to find your own grounds and try to create your own person, and this is -- because those kind of moments, I think those years in your career, like, define a little bit how you're going to be and who you want to be.

Q. You won on a diving volley. Have you ever won a match a better way?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't think so (smiling). I remember when I was a junior I played a few matches that I finished similar, but -- I didn't expect him to get that last ball, that's for sure. I mean, I knew I had to cover the line, but I was like, Come on. The ball was solo.

It's just that moment. That's how it is. This is where I feel I can count a lot on, you know, sort of my shots and you improvise. The last point was just great.

Q. You have a lot of experience here having done well, how the grass court changes as the event goes on, you get the brown in there. What's it like? Is it different bounces?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely.

Q. How do you feel about it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think -- I mean, I hit on the courts I think way before Wimbledon started, and I kind of felt how the courts are going to play out. It also really depends a little bit on the weather. And I think the past weeks was pretty sunny and warm. During the week of Queen's was really hot. And I think the courts, I think, are in great conditions so far.

But, yeah, you just need to adjust. That's why I think I like grass so much, because it's not only how the grass will play or if the balls are soft or hard from the previous year maybe. You need to adjust for the opponents and everything like that. So for me I find it very kind of easy to adapt and to adjust.

So, yeah, seems so far everything is going the right way. That's all I can ask for.

Q. What's the difference in the spot that is like brownish, the grass isn't there anymore?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It gets a bit faster. And sometimes when you need to kind of push through in a quick moment, you have to be a little bit more cautious. So that means you have to stay a bit lower because it might get a bit slippery.

Q. With four guys having dominated the majors for as long as they have and you witnessing it first before you were on the tour and then since, what would you say you have learned maybe from each of those four guys or perhaps admired from each of those guys?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think all four of them have a lot of kind of similarities in terms of, you know, mental aspect and the way they play the game, the way they see the game. I have watched obviously all the finals and all the sort of big matches, as we like to call.

I cannot name one thing in particular. If you ask me to name one thing in particular, I cannot. Each one of them, you know, have their own kind of, you know, go-to play, so to speak.

Yeah, for example, Roger likes to, you know, play serve and volley in certain moments. Novak likes to hit that return. You know he's going to wait for the return there. You know he's going to make it. Andy tries to, you know, kind of stay in the point and use every opportunity that he has as soon as you're into the point.

So there is just so many different things that all of them are doing well. So, yeah, I think just watching from outside I can just really kind of pick their brain a little bit and see where they go on big points. Those are just details that I feel I can, that I think I have learned a lot from outside watching. Obviously every time that I'm against them, I will try to play, you know, the right way.

Q. Your next opponent is something of a surprise, John Isner just lost. He was a foot and an inch taller than his opponent, who is 5'9". What have you seen in the way that Dudi Sela plays and what challenge does he present for you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, he beat John on grass. Obviously he's doing something right. He's playing really well. I don't need to -- I mean, I'm not allowed to underestimate the opponent or whatever. I mean, that's a hell of an effort, for sure, like for him to beat John.

I saw a little bit of the last game of the match, and, yeah, he's just playing well. So, yeah, for sure it's going to be a tough match. There's nothing -- there's no way that I can just predict what's going to happen right now.

Q. We are past the days when people talk about you being the next Roger and all that stuff.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Thanks (smiling).

Q. Because you have a one-handed backhand, can you watch him on grass here and there are things about the way he plays here that can help you, because your games are recently similar?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, yes, but in the same time no. I mean, we, I think, move a little bit different. For example, I slide and he doesn't. I can give you like so many differences in our game and all that.
But yes, I think I can see maybe some of the plays that he does more than how he's hitting the shot or something like that.

But I think, for me, it stops right there. Yeah, again, I love to watch whoever those guys are playing, you know, it's just magnificent time for me. Every time I'm in front of the TV, I'm always watching, because it's interesting, and you can see maybe on tight points where they going to go, how they serve, how they think.

Yeah, there is a lot to learn.

Q. I think you did a trick shot behind the back and you did the splits a couple of times, the diving volley. Do you think you're the biggest showman at Wimbledon?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't know. That's up for you guys to determine. The one behind the back, I thought the ball was out so I just kept on walking to the chair, and luckily nobody said anything (smiling).

Q. You won the point, anyway?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. I mean, but that was pure luck that I won the point. But, you know, today on days like that, you just take everything as it is and just put it behind.

Q. How much do you enjoy the other showmen? Who are your favorite showmen among the men?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. Well, Gaël was doing a great job with that. Of course when Nick is at his best, it's pretty amazing to watch the stuff he does on the court.

I mean, I think quite a few players are pretty crafty, and I think nowadays I feel everybody has improved so much overall so you never know who's going to make the best shot overall. I mean, it's not a competition for that, don't get me wrong, but it's pretty nice when whoever does it, I think, it's pretty amazing to watch. It just shows you how -- I mean, how nice, how cool the sport is sometimes.

Q. There were theatrical moments out there, like you did the splits and the last diving volley. Do these come naturally to you or was it because you were more relaxed because the match was going well?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, the diving volley, there is nothing else you can do. You dive and you pray. I mean, I don't think of those -- honestly, I don't think of those shots. As I said, when they come to the match, they come at the right time. That's what I like to say. They come pretty natural, whether it's for me or whoever else.

I mean, that's the beauty of it. You never know when those opportunities will present themselves.

Q. And also today is the anniversary of your junior win here in 2008. Do you often think about that moment and also does it give you confidence or does it put more pressure on you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Definitely pressure. I mean, how cool is this? I won Wimbledon nine years ago. As a junior, though. Well, my goal is to win, you know, Wimbledon now. So that's what's in front of me.

Every time I go to actually practice at Aorangi I always see the board out there and see my name. Every year I take a picture and every year my coach goes, Grigor, you take the same picture every single year. I say, I don't know. I think it's cool.

Hopefully I can come back one day here and take a picture on that side.

Q. Did you ever play on grass when you grew up and if not, when you first did this did you fall in love with it right away?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think the first time I hit on grass was maybe the year before, I believe. But I always, like, I felt, like, comfortable on it. Like, I never thought about, you know, oh, my God, it's grass, I need to do something else or something different. No, just keep on working, you know.

And just like every surface, just keep on working, stay humble, be hungry for every point, every tournament, every match that you've got to play. Yeah, give 100% from yourself every single day, whether it's a match or a practice and how the cards will unfold wait and see.

Q. Talking to Gaël, he was saying his movement on grass, he has to think about it too much and that's why he doesn't like it. But for you it seems more instinctive, the way you move on grass seems instinctive.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, like I say, I don't think about it. When I do certain shots, I don't think about it. They come to me natural. As soon as I get on a grass court I don't think about how I'm going to move or, oh, my God, I need to make sure I put the right foot in front of the left, no, definitely not.

When things are coming natural, I think it makes things easier, and, yeah, you focus more on your game and what's the obstacle in front of you.

Q. Considering Nadal's much different style than a lot of other guys, does it make sense he's been good on this stuff?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course. Oh, yeah, absolutely. This guy has proven himself more than -- I mean, I feel more than anybody. He basically adapt his game to win Wimbledon. If you guys disagree with me, please. But I think he just adapt his game to win Wimbledon. And he keeps improving, you see him every day on the court, whether he works on his serve or it's distinct every time I see him out there. I see what he's working on, and it shows.

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Grigor Dimitrov: Third round

Grigor Dimitrov speaks to the media after the 6-1, 6-1 (ret.) win against Dudi Sela

Q. How did you feel when you saw that your opponent was having problems and he stopped?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think early in the match, I couldn't tell you if he was injured or not. Obviously I was just trying to be very focused. I was just out there to play my game.

Of course, after that first set, I felt I was getting, like, my confidence was actually getting pretty high, I started to be a little bit more locked in, more positive with each ball, with each shot. I was following my game pretty well.

After that, he called the trainer. Then I just had to basically keep on going the same way that I was playing the first set.

I think I had a good hold in the middle of the second set. I think that was it for him.

Q. How is it for a player out there when that happens and you have to wait for an opponent to come back? What is in your mind?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it is what it is. You can't do anything about it. The only thing you can is just control obviously your thoughts a little bit. You try just to keep moving so your body doesn't settle in. You don't get into your head for unnecessary thoughts.

But, yeah, I think I'm pretty used to it by now. I had quite a few players that have done that before against me. Yeah, it's part of the game as well, so you need to learn how to deal with those kind of circumstances.

Q. You mentioned your confidence is sky high. Do you feel in that mood where you feel you can beat anyone who is put in front of you right now?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I hope so. Yeah, I think I'm just really focused on myself right now, on my game. That's about it. Whatever's on the other side of the net, I mean, I can't control it. I can control only what's on my side, in my team, what I do to prepare myself the best way that I can before the match.

So, yeah, I mean, I'm pretty positive. I like my chances.

Q. Will you watch Federer's match later?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, for sure.

Q. If it is Roger you face, he's a guy who has beaten you in all your meetings before. What has been the difference in those previous losses? What do you think you need to get right this time to beat him?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, there's still a match to play actually. Let's see how that one go. I think both of them are, I mean, great tennis players on grass. Roger has proven himself more than once, twice out here. Yeah, we all know what to expect.

Let's see who's going to win, then from then on I can think about what's ahead for me.

Q. You're now part of middle Monday, where both the men and women play on the same day. It's a great day for fans. What does it mean for you to be a part of that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's amazing. I mean, I always like that feeling. I've done it a few times already. It's just great. Especially tomorrow I think is going to be the best day, that Sunday just when everything is so calm. Yeah, it's just us, the players. All you can hear is, like, the hitting of the ball. You can just hear how the ball sits on the strings. You just hear that.

Honestly, it's a pretty special feeling. It puts a huge smile on my face. But, yeah, I appreciate that a lot. I mean, to be into that second week, not only in this event, but in all the other slams, it's kind of a little achievement I think for any player.

So, yeah, I really appreciate it. I cherish it. But my job is far from over.

Q. It is a different feeling for you? Obviously it's business as usual, but there's something different about it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: As I say, I think tomorrow is going to be more that different feeling that I'm talking about. I think for sure, as soon as the next week hits again, you're back on the court, back to prepare for your matches, back to preparing mentally and all this.

So, yeah, I think obviously tonight, have a great dinner, try to enjoy this a little bit. Tomorrow get out here, do what you got to do. Then, yeah, you know, Monday, it's game day again.

Q. Life on the tour is not easy sometimes. Rafa has a great support system. Tomic has a different reality, maybe says things that aren't appropriate. How do you see the game? What does it mean for you to be a tennis player?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: We all have different perception of life. I'm not even just putting tennis, per se. We all come from a different background, different country, different culture. So I can only speak for myself when it comes to that.

I have nothing but love for tennis. Every little win that I have, every little battle that I have to win in my head in order for me to win, I appreciate it more than anything else.

That's why I often say I appreciate my wins even more when I'm playing bad. This is the moments that you not only overcome the opponent, but you overcome yourself. I think this is where you, you know, put yourself on the line and you start to understand yourself a little bit more.

I think tennis is, I mean, part of that. It's why I play, also to understand myself. It's not only that I love the game. I put everything else aside. That's why when you have that great feeling, when you're locked in on the court, when you're just so, you know, you feel like so alone, just you and the ball, this is a feeling that I just love. Or this little feeling before you get those butterflies. Like today even before the match, I was saying to my coach, My God, I'm so nervous.

He's like, Me, too. Don't worry.

I'm like, Yeah, right. You're just smoking right now, which he is, but in a nice way.

This is like that feeling. I believe as a competitor this is what you crave, in any sport, not only tennis. You crave that type of adrenaline.

Of course, a support system is very important. Family first. Yeah, after that you kind of see who you want to surround yourself with, who you have, you have your team as well.

Q. If it was Roger in the next round, a good chance you would be bumped up to Centre Court or Court 1. What is the difference between the atmosphere playing out there, you have good memories in the past?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I've only played on big courts here. I'm pretty pleased with that. I'm not going to shy away from Centre Court. I've played there before, I've won. I know my way now to the Centre Court, which is great, not like the first time I walked out.

Yeah, just going to embrace it.

Q. You talked about the love of the game. I guess playing Roger Federer on the Centre Court of Wimbledon is a climax of a career.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Let's see. There's a match to play. I don't want to speculate again. Yes, maybe he's the favorite. Yes, maybe he'll win. What's the point of talking about this now? There's still a match to play.

But, yes, there's many times that I felt I had like a huge moment in my career playing against any player. I wouldn't just put that. But, of course, again, any match that you play into that second week is a special match to me.

Q. What are you working on now? You talked about learning from tennis.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You got to love the disappointments.

Q. Say the one or two things you think you've really learned about yourself.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Tennis I think taught me a lot of discipline. I mean, this is the first thing always comes to my head when someone says tennis, is like discipline.

Yeah, I think this has been my biggest asset throughout the years, my discipline and will to keep on working, even when things were going downhill for me. There's quite a few times I dropped my ranking to about 40 in the world. You know, I was down on myself, trying to find a way to get back to it, trying to find a way to work better.

So, yeah, I mean, I can sum it up in one word, and that's discipline right now. At least that's what it is for me right now.

Q. Are you proud of yourself?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I am, absolutely. Through all the obstacles I had to go through, not even on court, but off the court, with a lot of things that were surrounding me, I think I dealt with pretty well.

But, of course, in the same time I feel pretty lucky, pretty blessed to have certain people in my life that have always been there for me, always try to guide me the right way.

Q. Any professional has a set of skills or a craft they continue to develop and work on throughout their career. In terms of your craft, how do you stay motivated to keep working on specific parts of it? Do you look at it that way?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: In terms of my game, you mean?

Q. Yes.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, you improve every single day. I mean, you work to improve every single day.

Like, for example, I finished my match today, and I went on the court, because I felt I could have done a few things better. So those are the kind of examples I can give you.

Other than that, I mean, I don't know. I've never thought about it that way, because I always want to improve, I always want to do better than the day before. To me, that's way more important.

Often I'm very hard on myself. That's sometimes why I struggle to find that fine line of saying, Good job, Grigor, or, Oh, that's not good enough.

Yeah, I guess that's it.

Q. You got to the semifinals here in 2014. How do you feel now in comparison to back then? Do you feel stronger, wiser?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I feel better. I feel better. I feel my game is better. My physique is better. I'm in a better place in my life, in my head. Those are a lot of positive things. I'm going to stop right there (smiling).

But, yeah, again, I'm just excited. I'm just excited. I'm not hiding it. Again, I appreciate being in that second week. You know, my goal, ultimate goal, is always to be to win Wimbledon.

Q. How tired are you of the question of when the next generation is going to break through? What do you think the one key factor that the next generation has --
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Are you considering me the next generation or the past ex-next generation? I don't know where to put myself. Categorize me and then I'll answer (smiling).

Q. The group of players who are not what I'll call the big five obviously have had a big challenge, very few victories over the past 54 slams. The group who are younger than Rafa and Andy.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think everybody is trying to find their way to succeed. Everybody have like their different path of doing those kind of things.

Again, I can only talk for myself for this. I think I'm on the right path. I think I'm doing the things the right way in order for me to put myself into those kind of positions, I mean, in terms of to win and to hopefully win a slam one day.

Again, what the other guys are doing, I don't know. For sure, I see their game. I watch their matches. But you never know what's inside of their kitchen. You don't know what are they up to, how are they practicing.

On that matter, I don't think I'm good enough to judge that. I can only speak for myself and follow my program, follow my schedule, follow my game, the way me and my team want to position ourselves, again, to make sure we win those kind of matches.

For example, in the second week, it is that kind of match I want to put myself in. Yeah, I'm there. So, yeah, just go out there and play.

Q. It seems you have more balance in your life.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You said it, it's balance between everything. When it comes to, yeah, from your diet, the way you practice, again, the way you sleep, the way you have the right amount of time for everybody around you, also to make sure you do the things that makes you happy in order for you to recover and be positive and excited to play.

Again, I can sum up all that thing in one word: discipline.

Thanks, guys.

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Grigor Dimitrov: Fourth round

Grigor Dimitrov talks to the media after his 4-6, 2-6, 4-6 defeat against Roger Federer

Q. Did you feel that was about Roger being in peak form, or did you feel you could have given it more?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I'm for sure disappointed with the outcome. I didn't play my best tennis. Of course, if you don't play good against Roger, especially here on grass, it's very difficult.

Yeah, but overall I'm disappointed in myself, that I couldn't play better. I did a lot of unforced errors, and my first serve was not on point. Without those weapons, it's never easy to play against him.

Q. Were those factors there because it was him?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. You know, I think that factor with the pressure and all that, it's way past. If I'm out there on the court, it's to win, of course. It doesn't matter who is in front of me. I need to be able to play my game and make sure that if I win, I win on my terms, and if I lose, I lose on my terms.

But, yeah, today nothing was going my way, absolutely nothing. I mean, shame. I really felt I was on a good path. I felt I think physically very strong. Didn't waste that much energy the previous matches.

But yeah, I guess I need to accept this like this. I need to move on now, yeah, just start preparing for whatever's ahead of me.

Q. How did you rate Roger today? Based on what you've seen, how do you think he could go on?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Honestly, I don't want to judge from one match especially. I don't want to say that. It's early in the second week. For sure, with each match you get confidence. I think he played good, especially set two and three. I think first, we were both a little tight, trying to find the way to play the game.

Yeah, he found it faster. Yeah, I think his serve today was really the key against me.

Q. In a match like this, how much are you keying on the first set?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think I played a poor game at 4-All. Actually, I missed a few balls by an inch. Could have easily gone either way.

Yeah, I mean, again, honestly, there's not much else I can say about the match, especially that I haven't even taken a set. I wasn't able to, as I said, play my game.

I felt towards the end of the match a little bit better, I was tracking the ball a little bit better, but still that didn't really help.

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