Magnus Norman's Interview
CL: Grigor Dimitrov was one of the world's top juniors at age 14 and one of the rare players of that age singled out for ATP stardom even then. He has by no means been a failure, but people have had such high expectations for him for a long time. How do you handle that as a coach?
MN: First of all, everything went very fast with Grigor before I went to the States with the juniors, so I only met him a couple of times back home. He's started to work with Mikael Tillstrom and Nicklas Kulti and he's going to travel to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with Tillstrom. I haven't been on the court with him yet, so I don't know him personally that well to be able to say this or that, but I think what is so good with me and Mikael and Nicklas is that we all have pretty different backgrounds.
Nicklas was also in exactly the same position as Grigor was: he was No. 1 in the world as a junior, won (junior) grand slams when he was 16 and the expectations were skyrocketing, that he was the new Borg. He was also Top 30 in the world, so he was not a failure, but the expectations were so high. So I think Nicklas has a lot of things to contribute to Grigor in terms of how he should handle the pressure, that situation. But he's still young, still with a lot of things to develop, so it's going to be interesting to work with him in the next couple of years.