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BlueLighthouse
06-24-2011, 06:03 AM
Hi :wavey: everyone,

Since there's no thread about news and articles yet and there seems to be more and more news about Grigor coming after match with JwT, I'd like to start it ...

Let's also put old news here as well, thanks :worship:

My favorite writer Steve Tignor - "Learning (http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2011/06/learning.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+concrete-elbow-tignor+%28Concrete+Elbow+by+Steve+Tignor%29)" after the match with Tsonga (23 Jun 2011, Wimbledon R2).

(also featuring Harrison ;))

LONDON—Grigor Dimitrov, 20, skinny, hat on backwards, sits down at the changeover. He’s just held serve to make it 4-5 in the second set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The young Bulgarian, who won the first match of his Wimbledon career in the previous round, is playing the finest tennis of his life on the All England Club’s second-biggest show court, Court 1. He’s won the first set from the 12th seed. Now he looks to his coach, Australia’s Peter McNamara, and points down to the court fiercely—“Let’s do it right night now!” is the message. McNamara nods back and chuckles in surprise at his normally laconic student’s sudden burst of moxy. Grigor Dimitrov is having a moment. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long. He gets up and loses the next game.

The rest is in the link above.

BlueLighthouse
06-24-2011, 06:08 AM
Another good piece from Tom Perrotta - The Early Days of One Would-Be Federer (http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2011/06/23/the-early-days-of-one-would-be-federer/)

(hate the title but nice write-up) Here's an excerpt

And then there was the shot, the shot of Wimbledon so far—a shot probably only a hundred people saw. At around 9:20 p.m. local time Tuesday, in fading light and temperatures fit for sweaters and scarves rather than tennis shorts, Dimitrov was in the middle of the third set of his first-round match on Court 10. His opponent, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, hit a deep shot, high but lower and harder than a lob, over Dimitrov’s shoulder (he was at the net). Dimitrov turned around and raced to his right, toward the far corner. It was a Federer moment: Time slowed down as he moved. The ball seemed to wait for him. He slid four feet and, with his back to the net, curled his racket behind the ball and slapped it backwards, behind him and around his body, down the line. It sailed—slowly, perfectly, obviously destined to land in—over Stebe’s head and into the corner for a winner.

“Where’s YouTube when you need it, right?” he said after he finished his match, which was called for darkness, on Wednesday.

and to our frustration, Grigor agrees...

Dimitrov said he doesn’t have specific goals to improve his ranking or to win X number of titles. At this point in his career, he wants to play as many matches as he can.

“You’ve got to be consistent playing week in and week out, which I’m still not capable of doing, honestly,” he said. “But I think you have to give it a shot even though the statistics are odds that you don’t want to see sometimes. Especially in tennis. You can be talented as hell. Talent is not winning matches.”

BlueLighthouse
06-24-2011, 06:21 AM
Also from Steve Tignor at AO 2011 - 17 Jan 2011

A Grigor Dimitrov Moment (http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2011/01/a-grigor-dimitrov-moment.html)

The two girls smiled at each other. Then they looked backed at Court 10, at the player in the yellow shirt with the silky one-handed backhand and the very familiar service motion and the easy way with a forehand winner. Then the girls looked at each other again. They smiled again. They were having a Grigor Dimitrov moment.

Steve sounds more and more like a fan ;)

BlueLighthouse
06-24-2011, 09:54 AM
Recap of Wimbledon R2 vs Tsonga from the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jun/23/wimbledon-2011-jo-wilfried-tsonga-grigor-dimitrov?CMP=twt_gu)

Jo said "He was a bit on fire sometimes," Tsonga said. "I thought if I stayed consistent he would miss but he didn't miss and it was a very difficult match. I am very happy to get through."

BlueLighthouse
06-26-2011, 06:02 AM
This one from the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8593255/Wimbledon-2011-Questions-for...-Grigor-Dimitrov.html) 22 Jun 2011. Nothing new for us here but good for those who's jumping on the bandwagon recently.

"Wimbledon 2011: Questions for... Grigor Dimitrov"

Q What’s been your best moment in tennis?
A Breaking into the top 100. A lot of players try to break into top 100, no one gives up. Tennis is very tough.

Q Do you have any nicknames?
A G-Force and PT. It means Prime Time.

Q How will you prepare to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga?
A I just go out there, no expectations, just try to focus on my game. He’s a top player, a fighter, great competitor. I’m also a fighter. Let’s see how it is going to be.

Q Who were your idols growing up?
A Federer and Sampras.

Q You’ve often been compared to Roger Federer ...
A I’m touched with that but it’s a bit overrated. Maybe there are some similarities, but to compare some random guy ranked 62 with the greatest of all time, it’s funny.

Q What do you like most about being a tennis player?
A It gives you a chance to embrace different cultures. It’s a great chance to broaden your perspective.

Q Favourite music?
A The rapper Lil Wayne. I like the background of his life and way to the top.

Q What else do you enjoy?
A I like clothes a lot. I like retro and rebel style. My favourite designer was Alexander McQueen. His lines were different every time.

Q What would you most like to achieve?
A Win a grand slam. I did it as a junior [at the US Open and Wimbledon], why not do it as a senior?

Shade
06-27-2011, 05:24 AM
Does anybody have a link to that shot they were talking about against Stebe?

BlueLighthouse
06-27-2011, 05:56 AM
From TennisChannel James Larosa's 2011 Wimbledon Blog (http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=9250)


GRIGOR DIMITROV: If anyone seems like they’re going on 41, it’s Grigor. He’s been the Next Federer for longer than the original’s been alive. But he’s only just turned 20, and he’s only just started making an impact. He made a deep one against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, pinching the tennis world’s booty and saying, psst, I’m coming, don’t worry.

nadejda
06-27-2011, 11:55 AM
Does anybody have a link to that shot they were talking about against Stebe?

it was not on a TV court :rolleyes:

BlueLighthouse
07-11-2011, 11:53 AM
More news post Wimbledon "One to watch: the rise and rise of Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov (http://www.thesportreview.com/tsr/2011/07/grigor-dimitrov-one-to-watch/)"

Nothing new really but it is written with plain fact, no sensational hype...

My fav part:-

Dimitrov is now benefitting from the wise hand of the hugely experienced Peter McNamara, and to see the relationship in action, on an outside Wimbledon court during a first-round doubles match, is to watch the learning process take place as if by osmosis. Smiles and encouragement on one side, eye-contact and attentiveness on the other.

I was impressed with Peter's calmness courtside since I first saw them.

BlueLighthouse
07-15-2011, 08:52 PM
Another recap of young players including Grigor by PATRICK MOURATOGLOU (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/patrick-mouratoglou/article/2295/)

Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov is training in my academy and seems the most complete player of this generation of rising stars. His technical ability is above the level of his peers, and his huge battle against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon put him firmly in the spotlight.

He won two Grand Slams at Junior level, and is nicknamed by some as 'Little Federer' because of a similar way about the two on court.

He's been watched a lot in the last couple of years - perhaps too much if you consider his world ranking.

For the moment he can still be overwhelmed by the wealth of tactical options he has and a wish to do too much.

His current ranking of 60 suggests he's going the right way, though.

Mephistopheles
08-09-2011, 08:02 PM
Hey guys, just a quick part of an interview with Milos Raonic on the ATP site;

Q: You’ve been put into this group of up and coming players with Ryan Harrison, Grigor Dimitrov, Richard Berankis and Bernard Tomic. Which player in your opinion will have the best career? With all things being equal, and you’re all in the top 10 and battling for Grand Slams, which player will give you the most trouble?

A: Wow, well I hope myself. In terms of potential I would have to say Grigor. But I think mentally out of the group I would have to say Ryan is the best competitor. It’s going to come down to who can work through their weaknesses and improve. But I think if you get into two guys, Ryan has the best competitor in him and Grigor has the most potential.

Mephi x

Hypnotize
08-13-2011, 09:45 AM
Hey guys, just a quick part of an interview with Milos Raonic on the ATP site;

Q: You’ve been put into this group of up and coming players with Ryan Harrison, Grigor Dimitrov, Richard Berankis and Bernard Tomic. Which player in your opinion will have the best career? With all things being equal, and you’re all in the top 10 and battling for Grand Slams, which player will give you the most trouble?

A: Wow, well I hope myself. In terms of potential I would have to say Grigor. But I think mentally out of the group I would have to say Ryan is the best competitor. It’s going to come down to who can work through their weaknesses and improve. But I think if you get into two guys, Ryan has the best competitor in him and Grigor has the most potential.

Mephi x
I definitely agree with Milos' opinion. Does anyone know if Grigor and Milos ever played against each other in juniors?

misty1
08-13-2011, 12:31 PM
apparently grigor and milos played only once before back in 2009 in januray on a claycourt in a futures event

grigor dispatched milos easily 6-4, 6-2

nadejda
08-24-2011, 10:44 AM
http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/16913

The match of the day ending up being a topsy-turvy one between Grigor Dimitrov against Donald Young that saw Young, after dropping the first set, earn a warning after he smashed a water bottle in front of the umpire’s chair then proceeded to berate the umpire about being given the warning. Young used the incident to fuel his game, taking the second set 6-2. Dimitrov, who struggled to keep the ball in the court most of the match, found his game just in time during the third set to overcome and early break of serve and then earn a break of his own to serve for the match at 5-4. But Dimitrov faltered and dropped served but then managed to serve himself into a tiebreak that he dominated to finally win 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2). Dimitrov now faces Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round.

Hypnotize
09-26-2011, 03:47 PM
Not sure if this has been posted before but it's a good article on Grigor that makes some interesting points.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/684726-grigor-dimitrov-a-teenagers-pursuit-of-the-federer-dream

BlueLighthouse
10-12-2011, 01:07 PM
A very good assessment of Grigor's match vs Roddick at Shanghai 2011:

Steve Tignor (http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2011/10/shanghai-journal-1011.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+concrete-elbow-tignor+%28Concrete+Elbow+by+Steve+Tignor%29&utm_content=Google+Reader)

It’s been a bumpy 10 months for all of these young players, filled with injuries (Raonic), creeping but frustrating improvement (Dimitrov), and results that swing violently from one event to the next (Tomic, Dolgopolov).

Yep, he's improving we can tell and yet not as speedy as himself or some fans would like to see.

A stat: By the middle of the first set between Andy Roddick and Grigor Dimitrov today, Dimitrov had hit 11 winners and made 17 unforced errors, while Roddick had exactly one of each.

Roddick, in his later, conservative years, has become a kind of litmus test. He doesn’t hit many winners and commits very few errors, so it’s up to you to make your shots and make things happen. Traditionally, though it’s not as true as it once was, Roddick has beaten the players he’s supposed to beat and lost to the players he’s supposed to lose to. He’s very good at assessing his opponent’s weaknesses and waiting for them to show up and bite them at the crucial moment.

That’s essentially what happened today against Dimitrov. The Bulgarian’s soft spot—and it’s very soft right now—is his backhand, especially his slice backhand. He chops at it and puts it in the net regularly. Roddick, naturally, was content to play to that side, and Dimitrov couldn’t hold steady with it long enough. He struggled to get more than three in a row in the court.

To me, this is an example of how difficult it is to be a great tennis player, and to fulfill even the most sky-high potential. Grigor Dimitrov has a lot going for him. He can soar for a forehand like a dancer, and open up the court when he hits it. He serves well and has great touch and flair in all parts of the court. But for all of his full-flight talents, unless he learns to do the very basic and earthbound task of getting his backhand into the court four, five, or 10 times in a row, he’s not going to make good on the rest of his artistic abilities. There's no way around the fundamentals.

To paraphrase Bon Scott, it’s a long way to the top if want to hit a tennis ball. If any of these young guys do one-fourth as much as Federer or Nadal or Djokovic, they’ll be lucky. They might even count themselves lucky to be the next Feliciano Lopez or Janko Tipsarevic.

BlueLighthouse
10-13-2011, 06:27 PM
More from Steve, he hasn't yet given up on Grigor (I assume)...

Viewpoint: Tennis needs its prodigies
(http://tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=14729&zoneid=9)

Young male players face a different problem: A logjam at the top. Rather than racing from out of nowhere straight to the Wimbledon title at 17, à la Becker, today's kids take it one baby step at a time. The last youngish player to win a major in recent years was Juan Martin del Potro, who took home the 2009 U.S. Open title a week before his 21st birthday; injuries have slowed him since. In 2011, perhaps the most talented of the tour’s new faces, Grigor Dimitrov, struggled just to leave the minor leagues behind and gain entry into ATP main draws for the first time. Becker would have scoffed at that promotion, but by today's standards, it counts as a definite step forward. In 2012, Dimitrov might even be able to get out of the first round of a few those main draws.

LawrenceOfTennis
10-13-2011, 06:51 PM
Hopefully 2012 will be Grisho's year. He doesn't have too many points to defend next year.

Sonja1989
10-14-2011, 07:34 PM
:lol: BlueLighthouse, I can't say enough... thanks for all report and article. :hug: :hug:

nadejda
10-26-2011, 10:50 AM
here are the link for the interviews Grigor gave in Bulgaria:

http://tenniskafe.com/български-тенис/григор-димитров/8868-Гришо-Годината-бе-успешна,-но-през-следващата-целите-са-много-по-високи

http://www.trud.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=1090020

a short intwerview with his father too, who is also a tennis coach and explains some of the difficulties they faced:

http://tenniskafe.com/български-тенис/григор-димитров/8869-Бащата-на-Гришо-Няма-място-Григор-да-се-прави-на-великан-И-не-е-нужно

small photo galery:
http://tenniskafe.com/Фотогалерия/ATP-Фотогалерия/8873-Фотогалерия-Григор-Димитров-във-Варна

The full video will be shown on Sunday, so hopefully will post the link then. :)

nadejda
10-26-2011, 12:19 PM
one more interview for tennisKafe.com

http://tenniskafe.com/български-тенис/григор-димитров/8880-Гришо-Загубих-от-Цонга-и-Мъри,-но-мисля,-че-ще-дойде-момент,-в-който-нещата-ще-се-обърнат

Berba
10-27-2011, 10:23 AM
here is an excerpt from Grigor's interview which he gave few days ago in Bulgaria in which he talks about the other talanted young players. (sorry for the not so good translation, it's google translation):


Many experts suggest you Raonich, Berankis, Tomic and Harrison as "the new wave of world tennis," and some even compare to the current Top 4 - Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Federer. I guess you know each other very well. Could you briefly describe the strengths and weaknesses of each?
Yes, I know them very well. Each of them made a very good year. Tomic reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and Raonich won the ATP tournament . On the strengths of Raonich there I think everything is clear (laughs). Harrison has a cautious game and is more patient, but I do not know to what extent this will help future development. Tomic at first glance does not look very attractive, but his style helps him a lot. There are moments in which he plays learned combinations and plays them very well. He just can’t miss. Berankis I always respected him, especially for his tough play. There was not a game where he did not fight to the end. I wish each of them stay healthy without injuries and go the right way. I wish we are the next group of players who will reach the top.

chantelle
10-27-2011, 12:38 PM
here are the link for the interviews Grigor gave in Bulgaria:

http://tenniskafe.com/български-тенис/григор-димитров/8868-Гришо-Годината-бе-успешна,-но-през-следващата-целите-са-много-по-високи

http://www.trud.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=1090020

a short intwerview with his father too, who is also a tennis coach and explains some of the difficulties they faced:

http://tenniskafe.com/български-тенис/григор-димитров/8869-Бащата-на-Гришо-Няма-място-Григор-да-се-прави-на-великан-И-не-е-нужно

small photo galery:
http://tenniskafe.com/Фотогалерия/ATP-Фотогалерия/8873-Фотогалерия-Григор-Димитров-във-Варна

The full video will be shown on Sunday, so hopefully will post the link then. :)
http://www.btv.bg/videos/sport/video/157961690-Grigor_Dimitrov_zaradva_detsata_vav_Varna.html
a clip of the interview I found
so sad that I don't know Bulgarian that the only information I get from the clip is his charming smile:lol::lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPusX0kht_8
i also found this one with clip and photo of the Dimitrov's tennis class:D

nadejda
10-28-2011, 07:18 PM
one more interesting interview:
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8906-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%9F%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%8F%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%B0-%D1%81%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%B3%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%B0,-%D0%B4%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B3-%D0%BF%D1%8A%D1%82-%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BC-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%B1%D1%83%D0%B5%D0%BD

LawrenceOfTennis
10-28-2011, 08:44 PM
one more interesting interview:
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8906-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%9F%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%8F%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%B0-%D1%81%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%B3%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%B0,-%D0%B4%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B3-%D0%BF%D1%8A%D1%82-%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BC-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%B1%D1%83%D0%B5%D0%BD

:worship:

Hypnotize
10-30-2011, 11:48 AM
Great interviews, hanks for posting them. I'm impressed with his attitude in them especially his commitment to getting stronger and fitter in the off-season.

kr1s71an
10-30-2011, 12:21 PM
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8924-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B7%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%80%D 0%B0-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%9C%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%83,-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%9C%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%80%D 0%B0-%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%8F%D 1%89%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%A5%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BC%D0%B0%D0%BD-%D0%9A%D1%8A%D0%BF

And another interview with Grisho - talking about his work with McNamara, Hopman Cup and his talk with John McEnroe at US Open :)

Hypnotize
10-30-2011, 12:33 PM
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8924-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B7%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%80%D 0%B0-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%9C%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%83,-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%9C%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%80%D 0%B0-%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%8F%D 1%89%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%A5%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BC%D0%B0%D0%BD-%D0%9A%D1%8A%D0%BF

And another interview with Grisho - talking about his work with McNamara, Hopman Cup and his talk with John McEnroe at US Open :)
Another good interview and again, he is saying all the right things that lead me to believe he will work hard in the off-season. I didn't understand the comment about Federer in the earlier article because it didn't translate that well. Did Federer say something negative about Grigor copying his style of play? :confused:

nadejda
10-30-2011, 02:02 PM
Another good interview and again, he is saying all the right things that lead me to believe he will work hard in the off-season. I didn't understand the comment about Federer in the earlier article because it didn't translate that well. Did Federer say something negative about Grigor copying his style of play? :confused:

AFAIK Federer commented on him only once. He was asked about Dimitrov being compared to him and Fed answered something like:
"It is true his technique is as mine. However I think every player should have to develop his own style and not being compared to others..."

and that's all:)

nadejda
10-30-2011, 02:05 PM
Great interviews, hanks for posting them. I'm impressed with his attitude in them especially his commitment to getting stronger and fitter in the off-season.

BTW Grigor was spotted at 8 am going to the tennis courts in his home town together with his father.
He really is training even when at home :)

Hypnotize
10-30-2011, 02:13 PM
BTW Grigor was spotted at 8 am going to the tennis courts in his howm town together with his father.
He really is training even when at home :)
Haha, good for him. :worship:

His answers to questions about McNamara being his coach in the future were interesting. They clearly get on but it's not a great endorsement if he brings his father in to help with his coaching. It's fine in the short term but he needs to either put his full faith in McNamara or find a new coach.

nadejda
10-30-2011, 02:30 PM
Haha, good for him. :worship:

His answers to questions about McNamara being his coach in the future were interesting. They clearly get on but it's not a great endorsement if he brings his father in to help with his coaching. It's fine in the short term but he needs to either put his full faith in McNamara or find a new coach.

I got the feeling he was playing best when being with his father as coach. His father knows him very well not only as a technique but also as a character and psyche. Grigor mentioned his father many times in interviews and how much he influenced him. I guess his father thought he reached the top with him and Grigor needs a more professional coach to bring him on a higher level. Lundgren had mentioned once that he is not disturbing the coaching process, but helping it. Overall I got the impression Grigor's father doesn't mind to play a supportive role, not a main one as long as it helps his son. Just look at his results the last few tournaments. He really helped Grigor a lot.

nadejda
10-30-2011, 06:45 PM
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8924-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B7%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%80%D 0%B0-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%9C%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%83,-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D1%81-%D0%9C%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%80%D 0%B0-%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%8F%D 1%89%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%A5%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BC%D0%B0%D0%BD-%D0%9A%D1%8A%D0%BF

And another interview with Grisho - talking about his work with McNamara, Hopman Cup and his talk with John McEnroe at US Open :)

here is the video to this interview:
http://www.btv.bg/sport/tenis/story/1727542624-Grisho_za_bTV_Makenrou_mi_kaza_da_ne_gubya_vyara.h tml

BTW I notice something which wasn't mention in the article, but it is on the video.
Q: What separates you from the top 10 players?
Grigor then showing with his thumb and index finger how little is that.
Q: So that is about 60 places?
G: (laughing)Yes, that is about 60 places! :lol:

This is the first part of the interview. The other part will be shown on 6th of November. :)

chantelle
10-31-2011, 01:13 AM
Another good interview and again, he is saying all the right things that lead me to believe he will work hard in the off-season. I didn't understand the comment about Federer in the earlier article because it didn't translate that well. Did Federer say something negative about Grigor copying his style of play? :confused:

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/sport/mehr-sport/im-gespraech-tennis-star-federer-ich-bin-faehig-noch-viele-jahre-zu-spielen-1637868.html
Here's the original report of Roger's interview in German

Q: Der junge Bulgare Grigor Dimitrow wird oft mit Ihnen verglichen. Kann es einen zweiten Federer geben?
(Q: The young Bulgare Grigor Dimitrov is often compared with you. Can there be a second Federer?)

F: Dimitrows Spielweise ähnelt meiner technisch extrem. Aber es sollte nicht das Ziel von Spielern sein, andere zu imitieren. Ich sehe jetzt viele Spieler, die versuchen wie Nadal zu spielen, obwohl es gar nicht ihr Spiel ist. Ich habe immer gesagt, du musst deinen eigenen Stil finden. Am Anfang meiner Karriere wurde ich oft mit Sampras verglichen, obwohl er Serv-und-Volley spielte, was ich nie wirklich gemacht habe. Es wird nie eine zweite Martina Hingis, einen zweiten Pete Sampras oder einen zweiten Roger Federer geben.
(F: Dimitrovs play resembles technically mine extremely. But it should not be the goal of players of imitating others. I see now many players try to play like Nadal, although it is not at all their play. I always said, you must find your own style. At the beginning of my career I was often compared with Sampras, although he played Serv and Volley, which I never really did. There will never be a second Martina Hingis, second Pete Sampras or second Roger Federer.)

I think Roger didn't mean anything bad and I also think Grisho gradually develops his style but just not mature yet. Wish the whole new Grisho will show the more powerful and skillful play in 2012:)

nadejda
11-04-2011, 08:48 AM
one small video here:
http://www.btv.bg/shows/tazi-sutrin/videos/video/1950339023-Strada_li_ot_fobii_tenisist_№1_na_Bulgaria.html

nadejda
11-06-2011, 05:10 PM
here is the second part of the video for btv he gave:
http://www.btv.bg/action/predavania/zona-sport/videos/video/1786973859-Vtora_chast_ot_intervyuto_s_Grigor_Dimitrov.html

there is a resume of this interview here:
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8997-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%9C%D0%B5%D1%87%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%8F-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%BB%D0%B0-%D0%BE%D1%82-%D0%93%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%A8%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BC




one more video also here:
http://www.btv.bg/video/1723817243-Za_izkusheniyata_na_korta_i_izvan_nego.html

and what he says in this vodieo you can find out here:
http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%81%D0%BA%D 0%B8-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/8996-%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D1%84%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%B8%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D0%B8-%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%83%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%82%D 0%B5-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%BA%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B0

larzm
11-07-2011, 09:24 AM
Thanks for all the links!

BlueLighthouse
12-16-2011, 03:21 AM
He's in the news

TENNIS' 'NEXT BIG THING' GRIGOR DIMITROV OVERWHELMED BY ROGER FEDERER COMPARISON

http://www.sport360.com/article/tennis-next-big-thing-grigor-dimitrov-overwhelmed-roger-federer-comparison

Nothing new really. Similar to the Bulgarian news & article above but this time in English. And I didn't know he's in Dubai as well for the pre-season. Perhaps just before Mauritius.

Bright young thing: Dimitrov admits he is a work in progress but his potential has been clear for a number of years.

Dubai has become every tennis player’s pre-season piece of heaven and among the host of talent present in the UAE prepping for 2012 is a player who has been dubbed ‘the next Roger Federer’ for the past three years.

Grigor Dimitrov, one of the brightest prospects on the ATP, spent a couple of weeks in Dubai - a city he refers to as his favourite in the world - unwinding from a tricky 2011 season and gearing up for the next one.

Since he caused a stir three years ago when he won the Wimbledon and US Open junior titles showcasing a stylish one-handed backhand, a swanky serve and an aggressive game, all which resembled those of Federer, the tennis world has been waiting for Dimitrov to make his claims on the men’s circuit, and the 20-year-old Bulgarian is confident he will live up to the expectations sooner rather than later.

He ended this year at No.76 in the world rankings, a little off from the top-50 target he had set himself before the season, although he came ever so close and reached No52 in August.

Still, for someone like Dimitrov, who has been described by some to be 'ultra-confident' and 'super-talented', his 2011 season was less than ideal, where he had some excellent matches with some of the best players on tour but where he also fell short, like in his 6-4, 6-4 loss against Andy Murray in Bangkok, or his heart-breaking 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6, 6-7(8) defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon, where the Frenchman crossed over the net to pull Dimitrov off the ground and shake his hand.

"Last season I would say it was not a good season," Dimitrov told Sport360°. "It wasn’t too bad, I had high expectations of myself and I wanted to play better but everything turned to be just a lot different. I was trying to reach a goal that I set before and I didn’t.

"I stopped the year a bit early so I had time to rest and I think that helps a little bit. It gives me also a better view of how I can structure the next year. “I had some good results but they were pretty inconsistent which didn’t make me very happy.

"I was losing close matches and everything was just not getting in the right way for me so I had to find a way to clean up all the stuff around me and I think I’m finally starting to get on the right track."

Dimitrov split with his coach last month and is currently in search of a new one but in the meantime he believes he has a number of areas to work on to improve his consistency. And does constantly being referred to as the mini-Federer help Dimitrov, or does it add extra pressure?

He said: "I think it’s great to be compared to the greatest tennis player of all time and all that, but I think it’s getting just a little overwhelming. It’s tough to compare a person like him to a guy who just started up.

"Personally I want to build up my own style and I want people to remember me the way I am not who I resemble or anything, but it’s nice to hear comments like that."

Mae
12-16-2011, 04:22 PM
I think Grigor is right it is best just to be himself and improve on his own consistency :)

kr1s71an
12-17-2011, 07:54 PM
Shocking news: Grigor Dimitrov and Tsvetana Pironkova are male and female tennis player of the year in Bulgaria :D :D :D This is Grisho's fourth in a row & sixth for Tsveti :D

BlueLighthouse
12-21-2011, 07:24 AM
With the "Best of..." by journalists around this time of the year, most of them just thought about the Fed, Djoker, Nadal but this very controversial (aren't they all?) journalist thought about Grigor @ Wimbledon :)

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/reed-tennis-awards-2011-090522532.html



Best match to commentate on

It was a match at Wimbledon which really stuck with me, between Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It was a fantastic encounter, and one of immense quality and excitement.
The two players embraced each other for several seconds at the end of the match, and it was most definitely the highest quality clash in the tournament. The crowd rose to their feet with a standing ovation, and that was quite fitting.
Dimitrov has so much potential and, while he may fail to truly live up to what is expected of him, on this occasion he was truly brilliant.
The shots he produced against Tsonga in that match were thrilling to watch and Tsonga was taken aback by how inspired his opponent's play was. It was a quite staggering performance.
I can recall the most incredible rallies: brutal hitting, remarkable saves, thunderous serves; it had absolutely everything. Many people were just left to laugh at how good it was because they could not quite believe it.

I love this match so much not only because of Grigor but definitely also because of Jo and the adorable drama they brought to us...

FedererBulgaria
12-21-2011, 02:53 PM
With the "Best of..." by journalists around this time of the year, most of them just thought about the Fed, Djoker, Nadal but this very controversial (aren't they all?) journalist thought about Grigor @ Wimbledon :)

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/reed-tennis-awards-2011-090522532.html



I love this match so much not only because of Grigor but definitely also because of Jo and the adorable drama they brought to us...


It was a great,great match:worship:

nadejda
01-03-2012, 06:09 AM
Grigor gave a smal imterview after the tie with Czech at Hopman cup:

http://translate.google.bg/translate?sl=bg&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=bg&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftenniskafe.com%2F%D0%B1%D0%B3-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81%2F%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B 2%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8%2F%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0% BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%2 Fitem%2F188-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D1%81-%D1%86%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B8-%D0%B8%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%85%D0%BC%D0%B5-%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%87%D0%BD%D0%BE-%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B5%D0%BC-%D0%B4%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC-%D0%B4%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%8F


FYI Google translates Tsvetana as flowers :D

Sonja1989
01-03-2012, 06:33 AM
I'm so hopeful with Grisho in these days. :) Thanks for posting the interview Nadejda!! :hug:

nadejda
01-04-2012, 08:47 AM
:D

here is a funny video, which the site tenniskafe.com made for the tennis fans in Bulgaria with the participation of Grigor Dimitrov, Tsvetana Pironkova, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the New Year 2012 :D

I thought you may like it!

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Hypnotize
01-04-2012, 09:53 AM
Interesting article:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=135356

Tsvetana Pironkova and Grigor Dimitrov, the most successful current Bulgarian tennis players, caught the attention of TV giant CNN which has included them in a feature.

Dimitrov (19) and Pironkova (24) participated in a demonstrative game against Bethanie Mettek-Sands and former Wimbledon winner Pat Cash in Australia's Perth, after which they gave interviews for CNN, the Bulgarian dnevnik.bg informs.

According to a representative of the Bulgarian tennis federation, the two Bulgarian youngsters are enjoying quite a big interest on behalf of local media at Hopman Cup where the Balkan country is making its debut.

On Monday, Tsvetana Pironkova and Grigor Dimitrov won the mixed doubles 2-6 6-3 (11:9) against the Czech Republic.

However, the prestigious victory came after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych won singles matches to give Czech Republic a 2-1 win over Bulgaria.

The Bulgarians are facing Denmark in their next games.

Hypnotize
01-06-2012, 09:30 AM
Great article on Grigor

http://boxscorenews.com/young-star-dimitrov-impressing-in-perth-p30070-68.htm

Grigor Dimitrov is the second youngest player at the 24th Hyundai Hopman Cup, aged only 20, and the world No. 76 Bulgarian beaten Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen and forced world No. 7 Tomas Berdych to three sets so far in his first appearance in Perth.

Dimitrov is teaming up with another young gun, Tsvetana Pironkova, and the pair have shown promise in both their Ties this week so far.

They lost to the top-seed Czech Republic on Monday, but bounced back to defeat Denmark 2-1 on Wednesday to keep their hopes alive of playing in Saturday's Final.

Bulgaria will face the No. 4 seed American team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mardy Fish now on Friday with the chance of them making the Final if they beat the USA comprehensively and Denmark also beats the Czech Republic.

Dimitrov is a player on the rise in the men's game and that has come after an outstanding junior career.

He won junior Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slam titles in 2008 and was ranked No. 1 in the junior rankings in 2009.

He went on to play professionally for the first time that year and at Rotterdam impressively defeated Tomas Berdych, only to be knocked out by Rafael Nadal later in the tournament.

The 20-year-old has found the adjustment to the men's game a hard one, but one that he is getting more accustomed to all the time.

"I think it’s really hard. I thought I was there when I was No. 1 in juniors but I was not even near them," Dimitrov said.

"I had to find a way to improve my game and find the right strategy and the right selections of shots so there’s still a long way to go,” Dimitrov said.

Dimitrov became the top ranked Bulgarian male tennis player of all time at No. 85 in January 2011 and the 20-year-old has a big career ahead of him.

Looking at his past matches in the last few months, Dimitrov has come up against big names Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Andy Murray and taken four games off each player in every set, taking Tsonga and Roddick to tie-breaks also.

On Tuesday, Dimitrov defeated Nielsen in two sets 7-6, 6-2 with neither player breaking serve in the first set until the end of the tie break finishing the Tie 7-5.

"It was definitely a tough match against Frederik and I expected it to be the way it was. The guy was attacking at every opportunity," Dimitrov said.

"I had to stay ahead of the point all the time. I got a good look in some shots and he played great tennis and of course there were lots of supporters here and you can’t go without them so they kept me going as well.

"He (Nielson) was receiving my serves pretty well so I had to come up with another strategy, as the match went on I had to change something in every point or serve in different spots so I was double faulting sometimes but I kept my guard down and I just stepped when I had to."

In his first trip to Perth, Dimitrov is enjoying the start to 2012.

"I think it’s a great city. It's my first time here and matches like this, if you can get in early in the year is fantastic," Dimitrov said.

Bulgaria go on to play USA in a double-header on Friday going up against world No. 8 Fish, in a must win match for Bulgaria to have any chance of making the Final.

nadejda
01-07-2012, 07:53 PM
this is a detailed overview about the incident between Grigor and Mardy

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/tensions-run-high-in-australia/?smid=tw-NYTStraightSets&seid=auto
Tensions Run High in Australia

PERTH, Australia — Tempers flared repeatedly Friday in singles and mixed doubles matches at the Hyundai Hopman Cup between top-ranked American Mardy Fish and the 20-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov, tensions that peaked with the two needing to be separated by a tournament official during a changeover.

With the Czech Republic having already won Group A earlier in the day, the final round-robin tie of the tournament could have become the sort of low-stakes “hit-and-giggle” that often takes place in relatively meaningless tennis matches, especially common in mixed doubles.

The women’s singles match that began the tie went without incident, as the 55th-ranked American Bethanie Mattek-Sands earned her first victory of the tournament with a workmanlike effort against 46th-ranked Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, winning 6-4, 6-4.

But Fish, 30, seemed to take issue with the Bulgarian’s intensity in the singles match, and appeared to have some harsh words for the 76th-ranked Dmitrov at the net when the two shook hands after Dmitrov had reeled off a 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 58 minutes.

According to Tim Gossage of Channel 10 in Australia, Fish was given a code violation warning during the match for spitting in the direction of a block of flag-waving Bulgarian fans who were sitting several rows above the court.

In his interview after the singles match (which was his first career victory over a top ten player) Dmitrov seemed stunned by the eighth-ranked Fish’s behavior.

“Um, I think it’s better if you ask him,” Dmitrov said.

“It’s a thing, obviously, that maybe he wasn’t happy, but I’m sorry if I did something wrong. I’m going to also apologize to him in the lockers when I see him, but I don’t want to say much else about it.”

But rather than calming down after the short break between matches, tensions only escalated in the mixed doubles.

With Fish serving and trailing 1-3, Dmitrov hit a return, slipped, then scrambled to his feet and smacked a forehand winner past Mattek-Sands on his next shot. After staring down Dmitrov, between points, Fish sent his next serve (which was to be served to Pironkova) flying past Dmitrov. Dmitrov then closed toward the middle of the court for Fish’s second serve, standing practically on top of the center service line in encroachment and intimidation. A long, oft-spectacular rally ensued on that point, with Fish and Grigor sending smashes at one another almost exclusively. When Bulgaria eventually prevailed in the exchange, Dmitrov let out a roar toward the Bulgarian box and gave a fist pump.

Fish continued to target Dmitrov throughout the rest of the game, eventually holding serve to pull the Americans within 3-2.

During the ensuing changeover, Fish , who had taken his seat, shouted across at Dmitrov, who had never taken his seat. After the two argued from a distance for some time, the American walked over to the Bulgarian’s side of the court (where he was set to next play) and the two continued to argue, eventually being seperated by a tournament official. The two continued to talk back and forth for the duration of the changeover, eventually departing to their respective baselines once their female partners rose to join them.

In a nod to the rising tensions, the Hopman Cup DJ played Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” during the next changeover, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

While the rest of the match remained tense, no further confrontations occurred. After Bulgaria sealed an 8-5 victory in the proset when Fish’s final forehand volley found the net, the two teams shook hands. Dmitrov and Fish spoke briefly again at the net, without incident.

The win made the underdog Bulgarians the only team to have won three round-robin doubles matches at the Hopman Cup this year.

Dmitrov spoke briefly about the incident on Bulgarian television network BNT after the doubles match.

It’s evident I’ve offended him with something, but I have no idea with what,” Dmitrov said.

“Things he said weren’t pretty, but clearly he is a top ten player and during the match no one said anything to him.”

Fish declined to comment directly on the incidents as he left the Burswood Dome, instead indicating that the scoreline of his matches was the only explanation needed for what had transpired. Fish, who won the Hopman Cup with Serena Williams in 2008, won only 2 of his 12 sets at the event this week.

Dmitrov boarded a transcontinental red-eye to Sydney immediately following the match to play a qualifying match at the Apia International Sydney, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Sydney time, roughly nine hours after the mixed doubles in Perth ended. Dmitrov won the match in three sets against Estonian Jürgen Zopp.

Fish, who had lamented the brevity of his off-season after his match Wednesday, will play next week at the AAMI Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament in Melbourne.

Tournament referee Soren Friemel said that he would be filing a match report with the I.T.F., but did not expect any further discipline to be handed down.



I tweeted to the author of this article and hopefully he will change Grigor's name and spell it correctly - Dimitrov.

nadejda
01-07-2012, 10:28 PM
there is also a video here
unfortunately I couldn't quite understand it all as I am not native in English, so please someone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYT3yvUOA2I&feature=youtu.be

nadejda
01-12-2012, 02:09 PM
http://www.thetennisspace.com/on-court/grigor-dimitrov-burned-out-by-federer-comparisons/

Grigor Dimitrov: "burned out" by Federer comparisons

Arguably the most talented of the new generation, the 20-year-old Bulgarian talks to The Tennis Space about “getting burned out” by comparisons with Roger Federer, about the occasion he shoved an umpire in the chest (“I did a bad thing”), and how he loves the weather in England (“I don’t know what’s wrong with me”).

When you won junior Wimbledon in 2008, your style of play was compared to Roger Federer. You even look a bit like him. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? “At one stage I was sort of getting burned out. I was like, ‘come on people, the guy is the greatest player of all time and I was 180 in the world when they first said that’. I can’t say we don’t have similarities, certainly on some shots. But people can only see what’s on the surface; they can’t see what’s on the bottom or what’s on the inside. With time, I think people will realise that my mentality’s probably different but you can’t really compare anything, except shot-wise. I have a very different vision than most of the people on the tour, I would say. Hopefully I will get better and better and then I can release some of what’s really going on.”

You spend quite a lot of time in England, I understand? “I love England. I love the weather there – I don’t know why or what’s wrong with me. I actually could see myself living there. I was planning to move there. I enjoy to walk in the parks. Sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays I take the train (from his home in Paris) – it’s so great – there’s such a lot to do there, museums, walk around the river.”

What about football? “I play a lot of soccer and I like Manchester United. They have a Bulgarian too (Dimitar Berbatov). I like watching soccer a lot. I lived in Barcelona for two years and went every week to watch the matches. It was fascinating to watch the way they played.”

They used to have Hristo Stoichkov? “Exactly. He was a great player, unbelievable player. I am actually great friends with him now. But I think he’s in Africa hunting lions these days.”

I hate to bring it up, but you had an incident at a tournament in Helsinki at the end of 2010 (when he pushed an umpire in the chest)? “I did a very bad thing, I admit that. I admit that totally. I’m not that type of person at all. The situation was, there was a lot of pressure on both of us, it was a very important match and I just…basically I just tried to disconnect after this match. I really didn’t think about it afterwards. But I think it’s a learning thing. It was a big thing for me but I tried to forget about it. I didn’t want to speak about it because there’s obviously no point, it’s in the past, you can’t change the past.”

Do you learn more from mistakes than the things you do well? “Of course, sometimes you’ve got to lose maybe a lot of matches just to realise your mistakes. I take every match as a learning process. To me when I lose a match, I lose, but when I don’t lose something else, like my favourite people, or something like that. I can lose, but losing is also winning.”

You have a lot of variety in your game – might it take you longer to fulfil your potential than someone, for example, who relies on a big serve? “I think it will take me longer, definitely. Even in practice, I make mistakes and I don’t know why. When the ball comes I have a million ideas coming into my head, so sometimes I just laugh at myself, because I’ve got it all but I’ve just got to put it in order. Despite the fact I can be even better, it’s a bit scary.”

You’re nicknamed PrimeTime and you’ve said in the past you think you have the ability to be number one one day. What’s your immediate goal? “Being between 70 and 80 (where he is now) – and getting to the top 40 – I think that’s the biggest jump of all time. You need those big points. I wish I could buy them. I think when you enter the top 40, from then on, you think everything is possible. This thing between 80 and even 40, you need to guts it out. It’s just about working hard and believing.”

nadejda
01-15-2012, 07:05 PM
here is a very interesting article - interview with Patrick Mouratoglu about the match between Chardy and Grigor

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2012/20120115_095049_mouratoglou-presente-ses-proteges.html

it is in French

here are some parts (google translation)

Mouratoglou presents its protected


The draw was cruel. Patrick Mouratoglou see his two proteges, Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov, compete in the first round. The coach sketch their portraits.

Patrick Mouratoglou it would be fine. As at Roland Garros , the coach sees his two proteges, Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov, compete in the first round. To avoid misunderstandings, it will look surely the game on TV, "Without me up for another, I do not feel like they look at me, wondering if I am for one or the other. I do not feel that this affects the game. The first match at Roland Garros was heavy. Jeremy and I was coaching there, I train everyone and anyone. Today I am much more neutral, but it is not clear. It's painful. I have decided to be with the two before the game. During the match, I prefer to step back. "Until the meeting on Monday on court No. 8, we draw a little portrait of two players.

Their personality:

"Jeremy is a football player. Jeremy is a team player in an individual sport. Moreover, it was very good in Davis Cup and unbeaten in team match in 2011. It's an emotional. It is super generous, which is quite unusual in tennis where the players are very egocentric. When in a team atmosphere, it is very good. This is also why he has experienced a difficult year last year. A team player who loses his team, it's not easy. "" Grigor is a star (laughs). It is not like everyone else. He likes to shine and that what he does is brilliant. This guy is made to be a star, it will not be anything else. He will always try the most complicated things. It's an aesthetic in all areas.» He is interested in everything. "

Stories that say a lot:

"Since he plays tennis, Jeremy has never won a match in January. He warned me before we started working together. This year, on Wednesday the first week, it rains in Noumea and he could not play its first match. He could not wait and he sends me a text message on Wednesday: "the only good thing: this is the first time I'm still in the race on Wednesday the first week of the year" (Editor's note : he finally won the title). It has a lot of fun. Jeremy often talks about joking. We must therefore take his jokes seriously as it is sometimes a real pain behind the humor. "" On the Blackberry, Grigor only takes pictures in the profiles. At home, you feel like returning to a museum. These are not works of art, but is licked to the millimeter. He visited the galleries, it's a real aesthetic. In his cottage at the academy, everything has been carefully chosen. We must remove shoes when you enter. Everything must be perfect. He is a perfectionist in everything. Everything is sought. It is manic to the last degree. It's a complex personality.

Hypnotize
01-15-2012, 10:20 PM
here is a very interesting article - interview with Patrick Mouratoglu about the match between Chardy and Grigor

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2012/20120115_095049_mouratoglou-presente-ses-proteges.html

it is in French

here are some parts (google translation)
Interesting article and Grigor sounds like a very complex character.

nadejda
01-31-2012, 04:02 PM
it turn out Grigor is hanging with Serena Williams in Paris :lol:

http://www.tennis24.bg/g3h4i2j1l9594m2/%D0%A1%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0+%D0%A3%D0%B8% D0%BB%D1%8F%D0%BC%D1%81+%D1%81%D0%B5+%D0%B7%D0%B0% D0%B1%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%BB%D1%8F%D0%B2%D0%B0+%D0%B2+% D0%9F%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B6+%D1%81+%D0%93%D1%80% D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80+%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D 1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2+(%D1%81%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%BC%D 0%BA%D0%B8).html

BlueLighthouse
02-02-2012, 06:26 AM
Not the kind of news I expected or believed... (funny though)

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/serena_new_match_8gfxeOjr2iEJVOXPLrgABO

nadejda
02-02-2012, 06:26 AM
OMG!

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/serena_new_match_8gfxeOjr2iEJVOXPLrgABO

Serena’s new match


Has Serena Williams moved on from her romance with Common to another tennis star? The former women’s No. 1 was spotted out in Paris on Monday with Bulgarian tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov. A spy tells us the pair had lunch at hip restaurant L’Avenue, and then left together for a romantic stroll on the streets of Paris, where Williams has an apartment. They were also spotted visiting the Eiffel Tower. Despite the age gap — Dimitrov is 20 and Williams 30 — the spy said, “They were laughing and seemed to really enjoy each other’s company. It looked like a first date.” Williams and rapper/actor Common dated on and off for a few years before splitting in 2010. Williams was back in Boston last night for Fed Cup matches against Belarus.




:lol:

it is strange though they didn't mention the group was 4 people and someone mentioned on twitter one of the other girls was Grigor's girlfriend.
Anyway this is very funny!

nadejda
02-02-2012, 06:27 AM
Blue, we were posting simultaniously :lol:

Naudio Spanlatine
02-02-2012, 06:35 AM
Serena you cougar you:devil:

Yea that was funny:lol:

grishotarian
02-02-2012, 10:23 AM
Serena and Grigor :hearts: Im inlove with that idea :lol:

FedererBulgaria
02-02-2012, 11:24 AM
ahahhah love it :D

nadejda
02-02-2012, 08:27 PM
it turned out this Serena and Grigor "news" is everywhere: :lol:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1050431-serena-williams-is-the-tennis-star-courting-fellow-player-grigor-dimitrov

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/serena-williams-grigor-dimitrov-seen-together-in-paris-020112

http://www.showbizspy.com/article/243849/serena-williams-dating-tennis-star-grigor-dimitrov.html

http://www.rucuss.com/gossip/couple-alert-is-serena-williams-dating-tennis-pro-grigor-dimitrov/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1050431-serena-williams-is-the-tennis-star-courting-fellow-player-grigor-dimitrov?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+yahoo%2FqvUd+(Tennis)


:haha:

Naudio Spanlatine
02-03-2012, 09:50 AM
:rolls:

grishotarian
02-03-2012, 09:36 PM
Serena and Grigor are the next celebrity couple :lol: They need there own "Brangelina" something like "Serigor" "Grigerena"

FedererBulgaria
02-04-2012, 12:41 AM
Well Grigor is now even more popular....pls now Sharapova go to Paris and lets talk about thresome :D

BlueLighthouse
02-10-2012, 12:58 PM
Small interview "15 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH GRIGOR DIMITROV"


http://www.onthegotennis.com/home/15-burning-questions-with-grigor-dimitrov.html

What is on your iPod right now?

Lana Del Rey and Adele.

:confused: and dubsteps and hip-hop...

FedererBulgaria
02-10-2012, 02:53 PM
You guys are so fast :D Nice

nadejda
02-11-2012, 10:55 AM
SAP Open Singles Draw: Recap & Match Previews

http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/news.asp?story_id=458

The next key matchup in the first round features two players that assisted in this year’s draw ceremony. Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dmitrov were selected to play each other in the first round by none other than themselves! Although completely unpredictable, Kevin Anderson had an eerie feeling about this matchup when he said, “I knew this was going to happen.” Even tournament director Bill Rapp said, “I have never seen two players pick eachother at the opening ceremony. I have been around tennis my whole life and this is a first.” Well, fans should be happy as the 6’8 Anderson is in for a fight when he faces the 20-year old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Some compare Dimitrov to Federer as he seems to effortlessly glide around the tennis court with a big forehand and classic one handed backhand. On the contrary, Anderson uses his big serve and intimidating wingspan to break down his opponents. Although heavily favored, Anderson will have to bring his A game take out the youngster. Anderson vs Dimitrov is scheduled as the second match on Monday's evening session which starts at 7PM.

this is a blog good to follow during the SAP Open for reports :)

The SAP Open 2012 Draw Party

http://kevware.com/tennis/?p=3072

Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a great week of reporting from the SAP Open.

Today’s festivities began with the official draw party. ATP pros Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria were on hand to help with the festivities: drawing numbers to help fill in the board and answering questions about the potential match-ups. It was a much more low-key event than I expected. But it was still pretty cool.

They even went around to all of the media in attendance and had us pull numbers to place players on the draw board as well. I pulled number 28, which corresponded to a Qualifier position in the bracket. I think my pick is slated to play Jack Sock.

Truth be told I was a little busy taking pictures, writing notes, and taking in the whole experience. So I hope you’ll forgive me if I miss a detail or two. ;-)

The surprise of the draw occurred when Grigor’s number was pulled for placement opposite Kevin’s name for the first-round. It was a little awkward, but both guys handled the situation well. When asked about the potential match they were very complimentary toward one another. Yeah, right…

After the draw was complete we were given a chance to interview each of the guys before digging into some lunch items. I took full advantage and spent time with both guys. I’ll post those sport interviews in my next post.

nadejda
02-11-2012, 08:03 PM
SAP Open 2012: Grigor Dimitrov and Kevin Anderson Draw Party Interviews (AUDIO)

http://kevware.com/tennis/?p=3085

After the draw was complete, we were offered a chance to interview the players in attendance. So I took the plunge and had a couple of quick chats with both Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Kevin Anderson of South Africa. The experience felt a little like speed dating, a bit awkward at first. But I think both turned out pretty well.

First up was Grigor, a very handsome guy AND talented player with a nice all court game. He is (arguably) often compared to Roger Federer. There were two other reporters there who started with him first. I joined in after a couple of minutes. It was hard to talk to him without saying “Oh my God, you are so handsome!” I think that might have killed the interview though…don’t you think?

SAP Open 2012 Draw Party, Grigor Dimitrov interview (audio)
http://kevware.com/media/pod/sap_open_draw_Grigor_Dimitrov.mp3

After a quick chat with Grigor, I took the opportunity to chat with Kevin. It was pretty much just the two of us until the very end. He’s a very nice and articulate guy… with a helluva tough serve. ;-)

SAP Open 2012 Draw Party, Kevin Anderson interview (audio)
http://kevware.com/media/pod/sap_open_draw_Kevin_Andersen.mp3

FedererBulgaria
02-12-2012, 12:02 AM
The reporter is in love with Grigor :D

nadejda
02-12-2012, 12:08 AM
yeah, but what bothers me most if you hear the audio file is that the reporter is a man :eek:

Hypnotize
02-12-2012, 11:18 AM
Small interview "15 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH GRIGOR DIMITROV"


http://www.onthegotennis.com/home/15-burning-questions-with-grigor-dimitrov.html



:confused: and dubsteps and hip-hop...
Interesting interview but I didn't understand this answer:

If you had a time machine and could go back and change one thing, what would it be?

September 9, 2011!

Was this just a joke answer or did something significant happen on 09/09/11 ?:confused:

kr1s71an
02-12-2012, 02:52 PM
Interesting interview but I didn't understand this answer:

If you had a time machine and could go back and change one thing, what would it be?

September 9, 2011!

Was this just a joke answer or did something significant happen on 09/09/11 ?:confused:

No idea! Maybe something personal happened to him at that date!

LawrenceOfTennis
02-12-2012, 03:18 PM
In the interview he mentions famous painters. Although he's always been articulated, smart, I'd never thought he likes paintings. Great, intelligent guy.

Hypnotize
03-25-2012, 10:50 PM
Nice article about the Berdych match

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/03/miami-dimitrov-d-berdych.html

nadejda
03-27-2012, 10:06 AM
Dimitrov: I train so hard in Paris that I pass out

http://www.thetennisspace.com/on-court/dimitrov-i-train-so-hard-in-paris-that-i-pass-out/

At the tender age of 20, Grigor Dimitrov seems to have been around for years already and has long been talked about as a potential star of the future. The former junior Wimbledon champion has largely flattered to deceive but perhaps after his first win over a top-10 player – Tomas Berdych – at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami – the Bulgarian is ready to really make the breakthrough. If he does, then the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy must take some of the credit.

It was Peter McNamara, the former Australian doubles specialist, who helped bring Dimitrov from No 360 to 60 before the pair parted ways at the end of last year. And now it is Patrick Mouratoglou himself, who took over coaching duties, and who believes Dimitrov has what it takes to get to the top. With all the flair in the world, Dimitrov believes the academy, based on the outskirts of Paris, is the right place for his development and he told The Tennis Space what an average day at Mouratoglou entails.

“We start at 9am, have a warm-up for around 30-45 minutes and then go on court to hit for at least two hours, to work on a few things.Then we have a lunch break and then get back on court at 3pm for around an hour or an hour and a half, depending how I played in the morning.

“Following that we have a big fitness session, so that’s the most exhausting part. Afterwards, you just have a bit of spare time and there’s also a physio in the academy so if we have any problems, you can have a massage and go to him.

“Once we have had dinner, we basically sit on the couch. At about 9.30 or 10 you just pass out – I always do that. I sometimes think, ‘I’ll play on the Play Station’ but there’s absolutely no chance. I turn it on for two minutes and I’m just gone.

“I’m pretty happy with it, it’s very peaceful and I have people who are there who take care of me and that is great. The whole structure in the academy is great. To me it’s probably the best academy right now, provides you with absolutely everything. They have doctors for everything, fitness coaches and everything. There are no minuses in it.”


:rolleyes:

BlueLighthouse
03-28-2012, 03:44 AM
Peter Bodo on Dimitrov vs Tipsarevic

Overflowing the Cup (http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/03/by-pete-bodo-miami-not-long-ago-i-came-across-a-video-in-which-janko-tisparevic-then-still-miles-from-his-current-top.html)

You know Dimitrov—the 6'2", 20-year-old Bulgarian who’s been touted as the next Roger Federer. But judging from what I saw today, it’s more like Dimitrov is a little bit Marat Safin and a little bit Richard Gasquet. Which means he's gifted, but boy, beware the down side.

Dimitrov’s problem, the way I see it, is that he seems intoxicated by his own power. He likes to get a lot of action on the ball, but that requries taking huge cuts; it’s a demanding way to make a living, and you can take that quest for naked power too far. A cup that’s overflowing is no more desireable than a cup that isn’t full. Tipsarevic, by contrast, has a beautifully modulated game. He understands his shortcomings and strengths, and picks his spots carefully. His cup is brim full.

Simply put - He needs more experience and more matches... Not too bad at Miami.

BlueLighthouse
03-28-2012, 06:31 AM
Steve Tignor on Grigor

One Hand Tied Behind His Back (http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/03/miami-marathons.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+concrete-elbow-tignor+%28Concrete+Elbow+by+Steve+Tignor%29&utm_content=Google+Reader)

My personal highlight of the opening weekend: Grigor Dimitrov’s overjoyed reaction to his win over Tomas Berdych. A Top 10 scalp (kind of a harsh term, isn't it?) has been a long time coming for this stylish and occasionally troubled former junior champ from Bulgaria. If there’s anything missing from the ATP right now, it’s young blood, someone to look out for. And Dimitrov, who is no cookie-cutter grinding baseliner, would be a great someone to look out for.

My personal lowlight: Seeing Dimitrov hit 18 winners in the first set of his next match, against Janko Tipsarevic, yet lose it in a tiebreaker after he threw in his first two double faults of the match. Dimitrov went on to lose the second 6-2.

There seem to be two possible Dimitrov stories to tell. One tells us that the ATP is a tougher nut than ever to crack. Teen prodigies have disappeared, the Top 4 win everything worth winning, and the rank-and-file are more competent than ever. Thus, progress is measured by one small step at a time, even for someone as talented as Dimitrov.

The second possible Dimitrov narrative is simpler, and, unfortunately, more disheartening: His backhand isn’t good enough. He committed 22 unforced errors in the first set against Tipsy; 20 of them came from the backhand side. Dimitrov has a one-hander, which gives him much of his flair, but it also makes it a less reliable shot than, say, Tipsarevic’s solid two-fister.

Of the Top 11 men in the world at the moment, only one, the 30-year-old Federer, uses a one-hander. I’ve been hoping that Dimitrov would be the guy who proved that you can still use one hand and win. Now I’m hoping he’s not the guy who proves the opposite.

BlueLighthouse
03-28-2012, 07:08 AM
From ESPNStar.com

Dimitrov Laughs off Serana Questions (http://www.espnstar.com/home/news/detail/item777440)



Grigor Dimitrov always expected to hit the headlines one day, but what he never expected was that the majority of interest would surround his private life.

The Bulgarian 20-year-old has become a high-profile name at recent tournaments due the growing obsession over the nature of his relationship with Serena Williams, who has been spotted courtside at his matches.

Dimitrov has laughed off questions in that direction, but the attention he always craved has clearly not been entirely unwelcome, after one of the best performances of his career at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami this week.

There Dimitrov, currently the world number 101, claimed his first career win over a top 10-ranked opponent in Tomas Berdych, before finally bowing out in the fourth round to Janko Tipsarevic.
Dimitrov is a former world number one junior who won both the Wimbledon and US Open titles in a stellar 2008 before making the immediate decision to concentrate on the senior circuit.

Big things were expected of the then teenage Bulgarian - but then, exactly the same had been said for his two immediate predecessors as Wimbledon junior champions, Donald Young and Thiemo de Bakker.
"I remember playing juniors and then coming up to these guys and I thought it was going to be a walk in the park," Dimitrov admitted this week. "But obviously it's not. Actually I'm pretty happy that I've got so far."

Dimitrov's progress has been slow and steady. Three years after committing to the seniors, he is yet to reach a tour final, and has not gone beyond the second round in his six main draw appearances at Grand Slams.
"It's very tough," admitted Dimitrov. "Nowadays I think the tennis is getting really competitive and it's a very physical sport so you've got to be on top every time.

"Of course you have your bad days, and you have to escape a little bit from them.

"The preparation (this season) was one of the best I did since I came on the tour. It has paid off a lot. I was expecting to play a little better at the beginning of the year, but obviously it wasn't the right time for me."
If there is any truth in the rumours of his relationship with Williams, Dimitrov can expect to stay in the headlines for some time to come. But the way it is finally going, his tennis could soon be doing just as much of the talking.

BlueLighthouse
03-28-2012, 07:12 AM
Full presser (http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Grigor-Dimitrov-25-March.aspx) after match vs Berdych

Hypnotize
04-10-2012, 06:42 PM
Dimitrov hopes Serena rumours will not hit rise (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/dimitrov-hopes-serena-rumours-will-not-hit-rise-7594978.html)

Grigor Dimitrov always expected to hit the headlines one day, but what he never expected was that the majority of interest would surround not his career, but his private life.

The Bulgarian 20-year-old has become a high-profile name at recent tournaments due the growing obsession over the nature of his relationship with Serena Williams, who has been spotted courtside at his matches.

Dimitrov has laughed off questions in that direction, but the attention he always craved has clearly not been entirely unwelcome, after one of the best performances of his career at the Miami Masters this week.

There Dimitrov, currently the world No 101, claimed his first career win over a top 10-ranked opponent in Tomas Berdych, before finally bowing out in the fourth round to Janko Tipsarevic, who was due to play Andy Murray in the quarter-finals last night.

Dimitrov is a former world No1 junior who won both the Wimbledon and US Open titles in a stellar 2008 before making the immediate decision to concentrate on the senior circuit.

Big things were expected of the then teenage Bulgarian – but then, exactly the same had been said for his two immediate predecessors as Wimbledon junior champions, Donald Young and Thiemo de Bakker.

"I remember playing juniors and then coming up to these guys and I thought it was going to be a walk in the park," Dimitrov admitted this week. "But obviously it's not. Actually I'm pretty happy that I've got so far."

Dimitrov's progress has been slow and steady. Three years after committing to the seniors, he is yet to reach a tour final, and has not gone beyond the second round in his six main draw appearances at Grand Slams.

"It's very tough," admitted Dimitrov. "Nowadays I think the tennis is getting really competitive and it's a very physical sport so you've got to be on top every time.

"Of course you have your bad days, and you have to escape a little bit from them.

"The preparation [this season] was one of the best I did since I came on the tour. It has paid off a lot.

"I was expecting to play a little better at the beginning of the year, but obviously it wasn't the right time for me."

If there is any truth in the rumours of his relationship with Williams,the young man from Haskovo, close to the borders with Greece and Turkey, can expect to stay in the headlines for some time to come. But the way it is finally going, his tennis could soon be doing just as much of the talking.

chantelle
05-29-2012, 07:47 PM
GRIGOR DIMITROV Q&A: A BULGARIAN IN PARIS (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/05/22/Roland-Garros-Q-And-A-Dimitrov.aspx)
Grigor's interview today by ATP after his victory against Young
Lovely one, he's really humorous, especially the paragraph about the special of RG :superlol::superlol:

Hypnotize
05-29-2012, 09:01 PM
GRIGOR DIMITROV Q&A: A BULGARIAN IN PARIS (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/05/22/Roland-Garros-Q-And-A-Dimitrov.aspx)
Grigor's interview today by ATP after his victory against Young
Lovely one, he's really humorous, especially the paragraph about the special of RG :superlol::superlol:
Nice interview. I especially like this quote which is the right attitude to have.

"You’ve come close to the Top 50 before, what do you think you need to do to take that next step?
It’s always nice to be consistent of course. Every player is travelling for that. I think if you are consistent and injury free and improve your game all the time, working on special things, you automatically become better. Everything is starting to become more fluid for you and automatically you win more matches, get more points and the ranking goes up. Personally, I think I can improve a bunch of things. I just have to take a little time. I’m not worried about it."

ClaudiaBUK
06-14-2012, 01:36 PM
http://www.thetennisspace.com/off-court/grigor-dimitrov-i-want-to-be-superman/

60 seconds with Grigor Dimitrov:

Actor I would like to play me in a film about my life: Johnny Depp.

If I wasn’t a tennis player, I would be: A volleyball player.

I never travel to a tournament without: My iPad.

Favourite city on the tour: London.

The last place I visited on holiday: Thailand, two years ago.

Favourite restaurant on the tour: It’s in Paris. L’Avenue.

Favourite shop on the tour: Definitely Harrods.

The last book I read: Open, by Andre Agassi.

The last film I watched: Last of the Mohicans.

The last album I listened to: Lana Del Rey.

The last meal I cooked: Gnocchi with pesto.

The last joke I laughed at: One about 10 minutes ago, but I don’t think it can be repeated.

The last time I was recognised by a member of the public: A week ago, in Paris.

The last time I broke a racket: Oh, a long time ago, long time ago, I don’t remember.

Grass, hard or clay? Grass.

Hot or cold? Hot.

Sand or snow? Sand.

Be invisible or fly? I would be Superman.

If I won the lottery, I would: Do something with it, spend it on a charity.

-

Grigor Dimitrov is playing at this week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club.

BlueLighthouse
06-14-2012, 01:45 PM
Oh well

The last place I visited on holiday: Thailand, two years ago.

I remember that one. He just won 2 challengers in a row and I chatted with his coach (Peter Mc). He said he would go to Hua Hin with his wife and Grigor was going to Pattaya. These are two famous beaches with different characters. Hua Hin is calm and relaxing and Pattaya is fun and ummm adventurous for a young man -- Russian favourite party place.

BlueLighthouse
06-14-2012, 01:47 PM
The last time I broke a racket: Oh, a long time ago, long time ago, I don’t remember.

He tried in Nice a few weeks ago, the racket just refused to break. :p

Hypnotize
06-14-2012, 05:53 PM
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/12/06/14/TENNIS_Queens_Mahut.html&BID=553
DIMITROV KNOCKS OUT MAHUT ATP Queen's.

Young Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov showed exactly why he is being tipped for success as he knocked out Andy Murray's conqueror Nicolas Mahut in the third round of the AEGON Championships on Thursday afternoon.

Twenty-one year-old Dimitrov has been branded 'Baby Fed' due to comparisons between he and Roger Federer, and the six-time Wimbledon champion would have been impressed with some of the Bulgarian's powerful groundstrokes he displayed at Queen's.

Mahut was being tipped for a tilt at the title here after beating defending champions Murray, but the world number 65 had no answer to the power of the Bulgarian, who recorded a 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 win.

Mahut flew out of the blocks, breaking Dimitrov early on, but he started to get complacent with his groundstrokes.

The Frenchman handed Dimitrov two break points almost immediately but the Bulgarian wasted both opportunities and Mahut retained his advantage.

A topsy turvy 10th game saw Mahut waste one set point, and Dimitrov spurn six break points, before he finally broke the Frenchman with a powerful backhand.

Mahut played flawlessly against Murray in his third-set tie break yesterday but he allowed Dimitrov to break in today's showdown with a clever lob and he wrapped up the set with a drop volley after just over an hour's play on centre court.

Mahut seemed to have lost his edge and could not provide any response to the Federer-esque forehands Dimitrov was powering down from the baseline.

Mahut clipped the net cord and the ball went long to allow Dimitrov to break and move 3-1 in the second and the Bulgarian would have further extended his lead in his following service game.

Dimitrov already had the break he needed, however, and he held his next two games to love to ease in to the quarter-finals where he will meet ninth seed Kevin Anderson.

Anderson overcame fifth seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (12/10) 7-6 (9/7) on court one.

BlueLighthouse
06-17-2012, 04:42 AM
Interview (http://www.tennishead.net/news/on-tour/2012/06/16/grigor-dimitrov-life-on-tour)

Grigor Dimitrov: Life on Tour
21-year old Grigor Dimitrov had some wise words about life on tour, which he shared exclusively with tennishead.

The likeable Bulgarian advanced to his first ATP World Tour Semi Final at the 2012 AEGON Championships at London's Queen's Club.

(Tennishead) You broke into the Top 100 at the end of 2011, how much tougher is it at this level?

(Grigor Dimitrov). I think it’s tough. When I tried to come up as a junior to the big guys, I thought I’m ready, you know I think I can do it. I thought it was just going to come natural and every match was going to be a win. I was really free-minded in a way, of course, that’s what you call inexperience. For my standards you’d say it’s an unbelievable year, but for my standards for what I really wanted to have at the end of the year it was OK I think, I could have done better.

TH. Who is helping you with your development?

GD. Well right now I’m practicing in Paris with the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. I’ve been with them since 3 and a half years. I recently stop with my coach Peter McNamara, we’ve been together for a long time. I’m back with my Dad, he’s always been my coach and always been very supportive.

TH. How important is your relationship with your Dad?

GD. I need to count on someone and the only person that I knew, and actually I could really put all my trust in is him.

TH. What do you enjoy about being on tour?

GD. I don’t think it’s easy to be on tour at all. Just to give you one small example, sometimes if you have a week off from a tournament, you start not panicking but you question a lot of things and that’s the worst time I’d say for a player. I appreciate this time being alone. You don’t get this chance very often. Where I live is pretty…in Paris.

TH. Did you find it difficult to leave Bulgaria?

GD. I think it was quite easy for me because I left Bulgaria pretty early. I’m never homesick or anything, which is a bit sad, but you know, just the way everything turns out to be for me. I had quite a few obstacles on the way to now, where I am so I feel that I can really be myself. I mean that’s the most important thing, to be yourself.

TH. And do you like Paris?

GD. Love it, great city.

TH. I guess you don’t spend that much time there?

GD. Yeah, last year I was home just four weeks out of the whole year so it’s funny, but is just the way it is.

TH. Do you still feel an affinity for Bulgaria, even though you don’t live there?
GD. Yeah, Bulgaria is always going to be Bulgaria to me. I grew up there, I’m never going to forget my roots or where I came from. I had a very tough life as a child but, you know, growing up in a very small town and not in the best environment was, it kind of sticks on your mind and every time you try to go the other way and try to have this lavish type of, I stop myself right away. I’m really happy for this. Sometimes you meet up good guys, you meet celebrities and stuff and they are like, oh lets go there and this and then, all of a sudden you’re like, oh what am I doing. Its not my type of thing, its not my environment. So that’s why sometimes people think like oh, ‘he is a big deal’ and this and that, but in the end we’re, all the players I’m saying, everyone is human, everyone is.

TH. Who gave you your first racquet?
GD. My Dad.

TH. Do you come from a sporty family?
GD. Yeah, my Mum is a former volleyball player.

TH. And a P.E. teacher?
GD. Yeah, she is too teaching kids and stuff to play volleyball. And my Dad has been coaching, so he taught he taught me how to play.

TH. What surface suits you best?
GD. I would say the hard court.

TH. Is that what you grew up with?
GD. I grew up on clay. I don’t mind clay, but I am very comfortable on the other surfaces. It’s not like I hate clay or anything but. Plus most of the tournaments of the year are on the hard court, we have like 4 weeks or 5 weeks on clay.

TH. And then a weird amount of time on grass
GD. Exactly. I love the grass though. I really appreciate that time there. Yeah you got to be all-court player, that’s the way it is.

TH. What would it mean to you to play in the Olympics?
GD. Well I think first is a prestige, you know, and of course is going to be written in your résumé or whatever. What I care about is to experience the thing. I put this as a goal this year so I want to follow it. If I’m in I’m going to be probably one of the happiest guys ever. And especially London is one of my favourite cities, and I won Wimbledon there as well, had very good thing on the grass, so I’m really positive about it.

TH. What other goals have you set, apart from the Olympics?
GD. Yeah, I wanna achieve…this is my main thing to be honest with you. I don’t want to speak about the rankings and stuff because I think this thing is not permanent. This thing can change one day to the other, this is just, I think, nothing is permanent when it comes to that. You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, you might get injury, you might stop. But I definitely have thoughts, let me just put it that way. I have thoughts. I have things to develop in my game that I really want to and if all that works, you know, everything follows by, everything falls into the right spot and everything is going to come more natural in the end. Because if you try to hustle your own luck, or to provoke anything it might not turn the way you want it.

nadejda
06-17-2012, 09:01 PM
TH. Do you still feel an affinity for Bulgaria, even though you don’t live there?
GD. Yeah, Bulgaria is always going to be Bulgaria to me. I grew up there, I’m never going to forget my roots or where I came from. I had a very tough life as a child but, you know, growing up in a very small town and not in the best environment was, it kind of sticks on your mind and every time you try to go the other way and try to have this lavish type of, I stop myself right away.

He is so right! Grigor was born in 1991 and the 90's was one of the hardest years in our recent history. The country was on a verge of civil war 96-97 and it was especially difficult to survive in a small town like his home town.


Still he only trust his father and plays his best tennis with him. Maybe he shall coach him permanently?

Hypnotize
06-17-2012, 11:23 PM
He is so right! Grigor was born in 1991 and the 90's was one of the hardest years in our recent history. The country was on a verge of civil war 96-97 and it was especially difficult to survive in a small town like his home town.


Still he only trust his father and plays his best tennis with him. Maybe he shall coach him permanently?
I was wondering what he meant by that answer so thanks for explaining nadejda.

kr1s71an
06-18-2012, 04:27 AM
TH. Who is helping you with your development?

GD. Well right now I’m practicing in Paris with the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. I’ve been with them since 3 and a half years. I recently stop with my coach Peter McNamara, we’ve been together for a long time. I’m back with my Dad, he’s always been my coach and always been very supportive.

Is that interview a new one? Why is he talking about splitting with McNamara and working with his father again when he should be still working with Mouratoglou?

BlueLighthouse
06-18-2012, 04:46 AM
Is that interview a new one? Why is he talking about splitting with McNamara and working with his father again when he should be still working with Mouratoglou?

It's the latest interview from Queens. He's still 'in collaboration' with Patrick's academy, meaning training there, using facilities, etc but his father is the one travelling with him on the tour (for now).

Here's my interpretation of the entire coaching situation:-

He's been training at Patrick's academy for 3 years now and it looks as if that will continue. During those time, Peter Mc was his travelling coach. When they parted, he was looking for a coach but unsuccessfully so Patrick was kinda fill in and probably that didn't work out either probably because of his results in the first half of 2012 or probably because of Patrick's own commitment (he's a busy man with the academy to run and various media jobs.)

So now his father fills in the role of travelling coach. They also travel with a trainer (probably from Patrick's academy). I hope his father can leave everything at home (jobs, etc.) and travel with him permanently.

Travelling with father will do him good, gamewise and life in general. I feel like Grigor is still a baby and has so much to learn socially. From his interview, he still talks like teenagers with "you know", "stuff" etc. (If you listen to Milos interview, that's a thoughtful one).

----
Ok, I'll stop hard talk and continue fangirling like 13 years old :p

BlueLighthouse
06-18-2012, 04:56 AM
Twitter exchange between Patrick and a British media.

http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy116/jessica4stein/bb.jpg

BlueLighthouse
06-19-2012, 12:27 PM
More interview (http://www.tennishead.net/news/on-tour/2012/06/15/grigor-dimitrov-i-love-queens)

Grigor Dimitrov: "I love Queen's"

The 21-year-old Bulgarian has oodles of talent and loves playing on the grass, especially at the Aegon Championships

No wonder Grigor Dimitrov loves the Aegon Championships. The grass-court tournament at Queen’s Club in West London gave the Bulgarian a wild card in 2009 and 2010, having identified him as an emerging talent, and this week he has been living up to his promise as an exceptional grass-court player.

“I love this tournament,” Dimitrov said. “I played as a junior here, so I feel absolutely great every time I'm here. I like the whole atmosphere, the crowd, the club. You can feel the history. I think many players in the locker room are also very pleased to be here. I think it's great preparation for all the upcoming tournaments. I'm extremely happy because I know the place now much better, and the people are very nice with me – and also because I'm winning as well.”

Dimitrov, who reached the second round in his first two appearances at Queen’s, fell at the first hurdle last year when he was beaten by Thomaz Bellucci. This year has been his best effort so far. He has reached the quarter-finals with victories over Bobby Reynolds, Gilles Muller and Nicolas Mahut.

The world No 72 said he enjoyed playing on grass. “You cannot predict what's going to happen,” he said. “Everything happens so fast. You cannot practise a certain situation there. I think you also have to have a bit of imagination and just improvise when you go out there. Grass is one of the surfaces on which you can do absolutely different things.”

Having recorded his first victory over a top 10 opponent when he beat Tomas Berdych in Miami in March, 21-year-old Dimitrov is starting to realise his much-vaunted potential. “There are so many things that you’ve got to improve on the tour,” he said. “You have a couple of [younger players] who are up there already, but if you look at the average age of the guys who are in the top 20 they’re 27 years old.”

iva_ds87
06-26-2012, 03:19 PM
Grisha is in the Olympics singles tournament!!!

http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/27737

geansy
06-26-2012, 04:55 PM
great!!!!

BlueLighthouse
06-27-2012, 05:57 AM
Comparison to Federer won't stop, :mad: :mad: :mad:


In Dimitrov, Winning Echoes of Federer (http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/in-dmitrov-winning-echoes-of-federer/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nyt%2Frss%2FSports+%28NYT+%3E +Sports%29)

The rapidly improving Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, nicknamed Baby Fed by tennis observers, made a telling comment in his news conference after his upset win over 32nd-seeded Kevin Anderson. When asked about comparisons between his game and Roger Federer’s, Dimitrov, while acknowledging the “great compliment,” gave an honest assessment of his game: “I’ve not got to the second week of a Grand Slam yet and have not won an ATP event or reached the top 20 … I need to progress a lot and can’t cut any corners.”

That last phrase about not cutting corners showed Dimitrov’s growing maturity. The No. 1-ranked junior in the world in 2008 (he won the junior singles titles at Wimbledon and the United States Open), Dmitrov has game whose style was clearly modeled on Roger Federer’s, especially with his one-handed backhand and platform serve. But he has struggled to live up to the expectations thrust upon him at an early age. This year, under the guidance of the French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Dimitrov has worked hard to improve his fitness and mental game.

On Tuesday against Anderson, the 21-year-old Bulgarian played a remarkably clean, mentally focused match. He hit 71 winners in the four-set victory, while making only 21 unforced errors. He never lost his serve, saving 11 break points with clutch serving. Dimitrov maintained an even keel emotionally throughout the match, even after faltering in the third-set tiebreaker.

Dimitrov’s serve was dominant, as he served 24 aces, four more than the big-serving Anderson. He often used a chip return off of both sides, blocking the ball back deep to get into the point. This is a favorite ploy of Federer’s, and it is fascinating to see Dimitrov construct points that look like Federer facsimiles.

He served wide to the deuce court, then went back to Anderson’s forehand corner, replicating Federer’s favorite deuce court pattern. And the wrist release on his one-handed backhand looks almost identical to Federer’s, as does the chip backhand.

One key statistic from the match showed Dimitrov’s growing discipline in his shot selection. Anderson came to the net 69 times but won only 36 points. Dimitrov did a superb job of rarely missing a passing shot. He did not always go for a winner, but he made Anderson stretch and bend on countless first volleys. In other words, he did not look for any shortcuts; he made Anderson play difficult transition volleys. With the combination of an improved mental game, powerful serving and a stingy approach to unforced errors, Dimitrov could well be a threat to go deep in the draw.

nadejda
06-27-2012, 06:19 AM
very dull article indeed :( :fiery:

BlueLighthouse
06-27-2012, 07:53 AM
DIMITROV READY TO LIVE UP TO POTENTIAL (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2012-06-26/201206261340740102108.html)

He’s been called “Baby Fed” and the looks, style and grace of Grigor Dimitrov suggest people are not far off the mark when they make a comparison with the great Roger Federer.

The Bulgarian youngster’s growing maturity helped him upset No.32 seed Kevin Anderson in an epic 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-7 (4), 6-3 contest with plenty of sensational tennis in the offing with neither man giving an inch.

It can only be a matter of time before Dimitrov produces something special on the senior tour. Now 21, he burst on the scene in Wimbledon in 2008 by winning the junior event to ensure links with Federer.

Against Anderson, Dimitrov kept his cool and his play and attitude was very similar to a certain Swiss ace. He was always ahead of his higher-ranked opponent but Dimitrov wants to be his own man.

“It’s a great compliment but it’s tough to compare someone who has not been established yet,” he said. “I’ve not got to the second week of Grand Slam yet and have not won an ATP tournament or reached the top twenty. I’m flattered but I’m sure when time goes by people will change their view. I want to be me and myself.

“There’s lots of work to do and I need to stay healthy. I need to progress a lot and can’t cut corners.”

The world No.69 had beaten Anderson in three sets in the quarter-finals at Queen’s a fortnight and certainly on this evidence Dimitrov can go far.

Given their recent meeting, it was no surprise that this was tight, tense tussle from the start, not helped by a rain delay.

Both players were serving well but it was Dimitrov who stole the advantage, taking his first set point on the Anderson serve at 5-6 with the South African firing long at the net.

Dimitrov’s ability to win the big points proved decisive and his never-say-die attitude helped him come through a brilliant third game in the second set, saving six break points in the process with both men at the top of their games.

It seemed inevitable that Dimitrov would claim the tie-break, which he did 7-3, thanks to a flying volley at set point.

But giant Anderson is not a player who takes things lying down and he was back in the match as Dimitrov’s own game dipped for the first time towards the end of the third set.

Having saved break points in two consecutive service games, Dimitrov was second best in the tie-break and Anderson took it 7-4.

However the Bulgarian rediscovered his touch and put the pressure on his opponent. Anderson netted to leave Dimitrov serving for the match. With his booming deliveries, which included 24 aces, there was never any doubt that Dimitrov would close the match after three hours and 29 minutes.

“I would like to get into the second week – and why not go even further?” he said. “I’m trying to embrace the moments here and have flashbacks to four years ago. Grass is a special place and it is great you can enjoy a couple of weeks per year on it.”

Grigor Dimitrov seems ready to live up to his huge potential.

BlueLighthouse
06-27-2012, 07:57 AM
Tignor thought it was a good match (http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/06/unfinished-business.html)


Best Match
Or at least the best match that I watched a significant chunk of: Grigor Dimitrov’s 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 6-3 win over Kevin Anderson. It’s wasn’t a barn-burner, but it offered a lot of shot-making, especially from Dimitrov’s side—I love the abbreviated flick backhand pass—and it forced him to hang in there and take his opportunities when he could against a big server. Three-out-of-five is still a tremendous test, mentally and physically, and you could see Anderson tire just a bit at the end. Dimitrov, who likes grass and seems to have developed a following in London, plays Baghdatis next. The winner might get Andy Murray.

BlueLighthouse
07-13-2012, 11:36 AM
Bulgaria's Dimitrov Sick and Tired of 'Baby Fed' Nickname (http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=141229&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)

The rapidly improving Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov says he hates when being nicknamed Baby Fed by tennis observers.

"I am sick and tired of comparisons between my game and Roger Federer's. I have not won a single ATP event and I have reached only number 69 in the world ranking," the Bulgarian shared in an honest interview for the Swedish site tennissverige.se.

On Thursday, Dimitrov, world number 69, moved to the last eight, after defeating Portugal's Frederico Gil in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the SkiStar Swedish Open on Bastad, Sweden.

It took the Bulgarian just an hour and 21 minutes to beat Frederico in an easy match.

Dimitrov is drawn to play the third seed, Albert Ramos of Spain, in the quarter-finals.

"The atmosphere here is fantastic. People are so relaxed and not worring about anything. In terms of tennis I hope to show the best," the Bulgarian said.

"I think I have been playing pretty good tennis recently. I felt pretty good at Wimbledon, but unfortunately had to quit over health concerns. This is really a pity, but I hope I will manage to finish the season with good performances."

For 21-year-old pointed out that the transition between junior and professional tennis is difficult and requires time and patience:

"It takes time to understand the game of professional tennis players and know them personally. One should learn how to feel at home ATP tournaments and learn how to prepare best for them. It's all about experience and personal growth."

BlueLighthouse
07-13-2012, 12:22 PM
Got a mention from Milos (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Form-And-Fitness/2012/Raonic-Road-Back-From-Hip-Injury.aspx)

Which player on tour do you think...
Is the quickest? Hard to name one. David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov and Bjorn Phau can all run a fast 40-metre sprint. You’d need to get out the stopwatch.

nadejda
07-13-2012, 01:27 PM
that is a funny statement from Milos :lol:

BlueLighthouse
07-13-2012, 03:48 PM
Grigor said he knew Ramos very well :confused: Anybody knows the connection? Prob when he trained in Spain?

"I think today was mainly mental with us as we have known each other for quite a long time and I know how he plays," said Dimitrov. "He is a typical clay courter running around and waiting for his opponent to make a mistake. I don’t think I played at my best, but I think mentally I was there so I think that really helped me a lot. In the end, winning is winning and I think that is the most important thing today."

Hypnotize
07-13-2012, 06:19 PM
that is a funny statement from Milos :lol:
i don't see why it is funny. Grigor is lightning fast around the court and chases down balls other players wouldn't even attempt.

BlueLighthouse
07-14-2012, 04:46 AM
i don't see why it is funny. Grigor is lightning fast around the court and chases down balls other players wouldn't even attempt.

I also find it a bit surprising that Grigor (and Phau) was on Milos' mind ;) They haven't played or on the same tour with each other that often. Ferrer - I can understand, everyone on the tour knows and respects his speed, endurance.

nadejda
07-14-2012, 08:29 AM
Albert Ramos and Grigor have been training in Barcelona and they know each other well.
I find it funny, becuase as being asked about something like that it is normal to say - example - Djokovic or Nadal or Ferrer or even Phau or Goffin - who are even faster than Grigor.
Sure Grigor is fast but there are other names coming in mind to answer a question like that! Didn't knew Grigor has a reputation of a fast player to such a degree :lol:

Hypnotize
07-14-2012, 08:47 AM
Phau's name always comes up when players are asked this question. I don't think Goffin is one of the fastest guys but I do think he has excellent anticipation.

At GS and tour events, the players all train in the same areas so they have an opportunity to see each other. I guess Milos has noticed Grigor has a fast sprint.

Hypnotize
07-20-2012, 05:28 PM
The Gstaad tournament has been terrible for interviews and highlights. Is it always this bad?

chantelle
07-20-2012, 06:29 PM
The Gstaad tournament has been terrible for interviews and highlights. Is it always this bad?

http://www.telebaern.tv/tennis-special/sendungen/
I only find this site, one of the media partner of Gstaad Open, made some interview with those players but no Grigor!!!
BUT, they interviewed with those who lost to Grigor, and today is Bellucci:aplot:

Besides, ATP uploads a video about Grigor (http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/media/videos/2012/player-profiles/grigor-dimitrov-vignette.aspx)
Although they named it with "Grigor Dimitrov player profile 2012", I think there is none of clips from 2012 and the interview was taken this spring.

BlueLighthouse
07-30-2012, 02:39 PM
During your professional career? how long was that ? you're 21 :p

Source (http://www.tennishead.net/news/on-tour/2012/07/30/dimitrov-relishing-spirit-of-the-olympics)

Grigor Dimitrov says the atmosphere at the Olympic tennis event has been unlike anything he’s experienced during his professional career

The 21-year-old Bulgarian, who bypassed Poland's Lukasz Kubot 6-3 7-6 to reach the second round, says that the Olympics has stirred a particularly positive mood amongst the players.

“Everyone has a smile when they’re playing here,” he told tennishead. “I think the whole atmosphere is really different. Everyone is more friendly for some reason – I don’t know why, but I really feel like everyone’s saying ‘Hi, what’s going on, who are you playing?’ I think it’s kind of nice. I wish all tournaments were like that.”

The world No.53, whose compatriot Tsvetana Pironokva is also through to the second round of the singles in the women’s event, is relishing the opportunity to represent his country on the court.

“It’s certainly a nice thing and it’s a privilege to come out here and have the flag on your shirt,” said the Paris resident, who will have to beat Gilles Simon for the first time in four meetings if he is to reach the third round.

But Dimitrov, who has never been beyond the second round on his visits to the All England Club for Wimbledon, admits his mind isn't just on tennis and he's hoping to catch a number of other Olympic events over the coming days.

“I really want to watch track and field and swimming,” he added. “Those are the events I really want to watch.”

Hypnotize
07-31-2012, 10:31 PM
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=141846
A few photos of Bulgaria's top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov at the Olympic Games in Longon have fueled claims there may be some truth in the rumors of his relationship with Serena Williams.

Photographers seized the chance to take pictures of the two tennis players close to one another and talking while in the mix zone right after Grigor's disappointing defeat to Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Local media was quick to comment that Serena Williams has tried to cheer up the young man, who admitted the loss is a huge disappointment for him.

The young Bulgarian from Haskovo, close to the borders with Greece and Turkey, has repeatedly laughed off rumors over his relationship with Serena Williams, making it clear he wants to hit the headlines because of his career, not because of his private life.

It is a fact however that the 20-year-old has become a high-profile name at recent tournaments due to his great play, as well as the growing obsession over the nature of his relationship with Serena Williams, who has been spotted courtside at his matches.

"Just go and ask her," Dimitrov replied with a smile to Bulgarian journalists' questions on that topic in May.

Dimitrov is a former world No1 junior who won both the Wimbledon and US Open titles in a stellar 2008 before making the immediate decision to concentrate on the senior circuit.

http://www.novinite.com/media/images/2012-07/photo_verybig_141846.jpg

BlueLighthouse
08-01-2012, 08:28 AM
Federer's Presser Source (http://2012.itftennis.com/media/125372/125372.pdf)

:haha: :haha: :haha:


Q. In China, four years ago in the
Beijing Olympics, there is a huge interest
towards you. Is it here a little more calmer
than Beijing? A lot of people around the
world are saying you and Grigor are like
Twins. Will you agree to play with him in
doubles in some tournament?


ROGER FEDERER: Maybe, yeah, sure,
I'll play doubles with him maybe at some point. I
said the same with Nadal and I never played with
him. I still believe I have to play with Nadal first
before I play with Dimitrov.
I've seen he had a good game. I think
he could have a great run here at the Olympics.
I think grass suits his game. Hopefully he can do
well over the years. I'm sure we'll see each other
plenty of times

Grigor, you'll have to wait in line :lol:

Hypnotize
08-23-2012, 08:26 PM
Nice article about Grigor in Deuce
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/DEUCE-Tennis/DEUCE-US-Open-2012/Grigor-Dimitrov.aspx

Grigror Dimitrov has been touted as the next Roger Federer for the past few years. He's deflected the pressure admirably and is now ready to make his mark on the ATP World Tour.

The southern Bulgarian city of Haskovo has produced few notable natives. A revolutionary named Tane Nikolov in the 19th century, Stanimir Kolev Stoilov, who went on to be manager of the national football team, and now Grigor Dimitrov – one of the most prodigious talents on the ATP World Tour.

When his mother, Maria, handed him a racquet and ball aged five, it was love at first sight. Dimitrov was taught to wield the instruments by his father, Dimitar, a tennis coach, who remembers his son’s passion to play as an obsession. "Grigor was eager to learn. Any element that I was teaching, Grigor performed as easily as a painter drawing. His desire was to play tennis. He was obsessed, thinking and playing from sunrise to sunset. Maintaining his interest was not difficult for us."

DimitrovAn outstanding junior, with titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2008, Dimitrov began to work with Peter Lundgren at the start of 2009, after leaving Bulgaria for the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris.

So impressed was Lundgren that he was of a mind to liken the youngster, at the time ranked just inside the Top 350 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings, to his former star pupil, Roger Federer. It was a comment made with the best of intentions, but one that caught the imagination of the media. Suddenly, the world was watching Dimitrov’s development.

"The expectations put on him were much too big and for sure did not help him," observes current coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who took over the management of Dimitrov’s career at the start of the season. "It put unbelievable pressure on the shoulders of an 18-year-old kid who had not proven anything at a professional level. Grigor is very clever and sensible. He understands the situation and is now ready to move forward."

Looking back, Dimitrov remembers, "Of course it [brought extra pressure], but I think he did it in a good way. It’s a nice thing to hear, but that’s not the point. Sometimes it depends how much pressure you want to put on yourself and how much pressure you’re going to give yourself."

Indeed, Dimitrov is very much his own man. He can be a coach’s dream, but also a tactical nightmare. Described by his agent, Nina Wennerström, as "a happy, fun and spontaneous person, which is appreciated by the media, and with a charm and sincerity that the fans really like," Dimitrov is very much a believer in that same freedom of expression on the tennis court. It’s not hard to see why his style has been likened to that of the most successful player in the history of the game.

Dimitrov "I’m me!" declares Dimitrov to DEUCE. "I think you have to present yourself the way you are and I think that’s what most matters to me. As long as I play my game, I play the way I feel, the way I want to express myself on court. I think the most important thing right now is to really come out on court and play the game, each match, the way I want to play the game and the way I’m meant to play it."

With Mouratoglou at the helm, a certain amount of discipline and tactical nous has been instilled, but it has been a long learning curve. What the Frenchman terms "impatience", Dimitrov describes as "boredom" – an affliction under control now, but which did sprout problems as a creative but inexperienced junior.

"Not nowadays, thank God, but when I was a junior I got bored quite often so I was always doing some absolutely weird shots," Dimitrov told Tennis Podcast. "I don't know why I was doing them, even now. But first of all, that's life, and secondly you don't play the same match twice, so it's kind of fun!

"Everything is up to you, everything is in yourself," is his philosophy. "It doesn't matter how many times you come into a match with [the coaching team] telling you, 'Hey, you've got to do this, you've got to do that.’ It's more up to you. I listen to my inner voice. If I want to do it, I'll do it, if not? Well... I think it's very important to improvise. Sometimes one of the weirdest things can be the winningest shot."

Under Mouratoglou, it would seem that Dimitrov is learning to harness that streak of genius. "I believe that all the top players have something special," says the coach. "He needs to feel the freedom to let his creativity speak. He is currently learning to know and discover himself through all the aspects of a tennis player. He has to be himself on court as much as possible, even though he sometimes makes mistakes, because it is the way to feel his difference and make a strength out of it."

In the past 18 months, Bernard Tomic, Ryan Harrison, Milos Raonic and Alexandr Dolgopolov have dominated the headlines as youngsters who have made their respective breakthroughs on the ATP World Tour. With his South African Airways ATP Ranking hovering between 50 and 80, Dimitrov had begun to slide off the radar somewhat. But 2012 has seen the 6’2’’ right-hander mature, understand his game and play to his strengths. The results followed swiftly.

At the AEGON Championships he reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final with victory over World No. 30 Kevin Anderson. It was a result that brought tears to his eyes and the celebratory hugs from his father and girlfriend, both sitting courtside. He would lose to David Nalbandian the following day, but key lessons had been learned from his four victories that week.

"When you go up with the big guys you realise that everyone is trying hard, everyone is playing well, everyone is going for their thing," he explains. "You have to present yourself the way you are and understand yourself better, so that every time you go out you can do better. [The AEGON Championships] was a great moment for me, especially on grass and especially at Queen’s; it’s one of my favourite tournaments.

"I played a few grass-court players and it took a lot out of me to beat some of them. I was very happy with it. Reaching my first semi-final was a great moment for me. No-one will give you the match. I knew that a long time ago, but when you participate in tournaments for the whole week you see how everyone is."

DimitrovIt proved to be the catalyst for Dimitrov. On the European clay-courts after Wimbledon, where he had been forced to retire ill against Marcos Baghdatis in the second round, he reached back-to-back semi-finals at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad (l. to Ferrer) and the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad (l. to Bellucci), propelling his ranking ever closer to the as-yet-impenetrable Top 50.

Looking over his shoulder, World No. 1 Federer has been quick to praise the rise of the latest crop of players on the ATP World Tour, but also to sympathise with their growing pains. "Anything is possible, right?" remarks the Swiss. "They could all be No. 1 in the world at one point or they could never be in the Top 5. We don't know right now. Eventually you feel like you're going to break through, and then it can be frustrating.

"I went through the same thing. The important thing is to just keep on working hard and not get too frustrated by the whole travelling and losing early and just spending time on the practice courts. I'm sure they'll learn and they'll be great players in the future."

"In the younger generation I think everyone is ahead right now," comments Dimitrov. "First of all, I’m very happy for them. Hopefully one day we all can compete for the same thing. From person to person, some go a bit quicker, other people take their time. You’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do, give it your best every day and see where you are."

If he had previously trailed behind his contemporaries, it is not something that has concerned Mouratoglou, who shares Dimitrov’s view that each player must develop at his own pace.

"I think that if Grigor did not break into the Top 50 these past few years, it just means that he was not ready," says Mouratoglou. "He rose in the rankings quite fast, but obviously, some pieces were missing to keep on moving forward. I believe that he is now developing as a complete player who will be solid and able to keep on rising in the next years.

"Grigor doesn't have a limited potential. He wants to succeed and it is all about work and development in the next three years. If he keeps his motivation and will to make it, I am sure that he will achieve great successes in this sport."

Hypnotize
08-30-2012, 09:50 AM
Good news for Grigor's fans in Thailand, he's playing there again this year.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/309656/dimitrov-raonic-tomic-join-thailand-open

Dimitrov, Raonic, Tomic join Thailand Open.

They are Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic of Canada and Australian Bernard Tomic.

Dimitrov, 21, thrilled the fans here last year, while Raonic, also 21, and 19-year-old Tomic will make their debut in Bangkok.

"This will be my first time playing in Bangkok so it's very exciting for me," said Raonic.

Tomic said: "I'm looking forward to it."

Other players who will feature in the 10th Thailand Open include Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, French stars Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils, Spain's Fernando Verdasco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

"It will be very competitive from the first day with several players capable of winning the title," said Suwat Liptapanlop, president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand.

The event will be held at Muang Thong Thani's Impact Arena from Sept 22-30.

Tickets starting from 300 baht are available at Thai Ticket Major outlets. For more information, call 02-262-3838 or go to www.thaiticketmajor.com

Hypnotize
08-30-2012, 09:57 AM
Yesterday's loss was obviously disappointing but these are some nice articles on him.

http://cdn.tennis.com/static/upload/wysiwyg/2012/08/29/2012_08_29_steve.2jpg.jpg

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/what-to-watch-on-wednesday-at-the-us-open/
NEW YORK—This morning, on the platform of the No. 7 train at Flushing Meadows, I saw two people who appeared to be waiting anxiously to meet someone. When they finally saw him, all three began to clap, happily and rapidly, in celebration. It sounded like a tiny pep rally. And why not? Their day at the Open was here.

And a beautiful day it was: Warm but not humid, the sky a hard, cloudless blue. By noon, the grounds already felt heavily crowded, and there were titanic lines to get into matches featuring Brian Baker and Lleyton Hewitt. All of which made me hustle a little faster out to Court 8, on the far side of the site. In my imagination, I pictured this small space overflowing with hungry fans bent on seeing what, to my mind, was clearly the highlight of the entire first round: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Benoit Paire.

Apparently, though, my Twitterverse, which had been chattering about this match-up of flashy, frustrating, utterly unpredictable talents for the last five days, is not the same as the universe at large. It turned out that not all that many real live humans in New York seemed to be interested in watching the world No. 49, from France, take on the world No. 58, from Bulgaria—half the crowd may have been tennis bloggers. I took my seat in a sparsely populated section of the bleachers, sat back, and prepared to enjoy some high-wire, high-strung tennis.

Those few who joined me seemed equally enthusiastic. At the top of the stands a group of men wore shirts with the colors of the French flag on them. It was fun to hear their cries of “magnifique!” and “superbe!” ring out in the Queens air. But the Frenchman also had his local supporters. “That’s it, Benny!” they cried after his winners.

Near me were two groups of Dimitrov fans. The first opted, in classic American fashion, to help him out with some practical advice.

“Come on, Grigs,” one of them moaned after Dimitrov drilled a forehand into the net. “You need more net clearance.”

Grigor’s other boosters, two men behind me who were constantly whispering to each other, couldn’t seem to decide on the best way to cheer for him.

“Let’s yell G-Force after this point,” one of them urged. His friend was non-committal.

When Dimitrov won the next point, the first guy hollered, “G-Force!” His friend didn’t join him.

“G-Force is stupid,” he muttered.

However the crowd felt about it, Dimitrov vs. Paire had no long-term significance, or any possible bearing on the outcome of the tournament. But it promised a little bit of everything—the good, the bad, the brilliant, the cool and the uncool. While their four-set match never exploded with fireworks or produced any incidents embarrassing enough for YouTube, it delivered on that promise.

Creative to a fault, each of them came up with shots that you don’t see every day—or any day. A no-look running flick backhand pass from Dimitrov; a slice drop volley hit from no-man’s land by Paire; a backhand volley that nearly spun back over the net by Dimitrov; a delicately measured forehand drop by Paire, attempted while he was serving for the match in the fourth set.

There were roundhouse backhand winners, slice forehands hit for no reason whatsoever, smooth chip-and-charge attacks, and, especially from the Dimitrov side, routine backhands dumped into the middle of the net—the shot killed him all day. Paire plays a more perverse and twisted game on clay, where he’s liable to hit five drop shots in a row. Hard courts may have forced him to rein in his shot selection today. When he lost a close first set, all signs pointed to Paire going away for good. Strangely, and perhaps least predictable of all, he kept it together.

Not that Paire, who was the picture of French tennis player today in a striped Lacoste shirt and stubbly beard, was calm throughout. He can seem at times to be playing a second match in his head. He’ll hit shots that don’t quite make sense in the one you’re watching, and look perturbed at events that remain invisible to the rest of us. Much of the time, Paired appears to be waiting to go into a slow burn. After one error in the first set today, he flipped his racquet gently behind him. Two points later, it went spinning into the back tarp. After a third botched shot, Paire turned toward a line judge and raised his racquet as if he were going to throw it at him. A French girl in front of me screamed “Non!” Maybe Paire heard her; he put the racquet down and turned away.

This was also a match plagued by questionable calls—Dimitrov asked for the supervisor, and Paire confronted the chair umpire a few times in his vaguely seething way. It ended with Dimitrov, who was troubled by a foot problem, surrendering mildly in the fourth set. He looked hurt, but he also didn’t want to fight anymore.

From the fans’ perspective, it was an exhibition of flash, of style for style’s sake—perfect for a sunny weekday afternoon on a sidecourt. Paire’s supporters certainly seemed to enjoy it.

“Magnifique!” they cried.

“Thataway, Benny,” they said.

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/what-to-watch-on-wednesday-at-the-us-open/
Grigor Dimitrov vs. Benoit Paire: The first time I saw Dimitrov play was the 2008 junior United States Open. My colleague Colette Lewis raved about this young Bulgarian, whose smooth, all-court game and one-handed backhand reminded her of a certain Swiss-born champion. It was easy to see the resemblance then and now, at least in every way except results so far. Dimitrov came close to breaking into the top 50 last year, and at 21, Dimitrov is still maturing as a player. But the potential is there, and he’s still a ton of fun to watch. The talented, young Frenchman Paire should give Dimitrov all he can handle, making this a very competitive first-round match.

Hypnotize
09-24-2012, 05:26 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1332080-the-top-20-tennis-breakthrough-performances-of-the-year/page/7

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/002/589/513/hi-res-150940148_display_image.jpg?1347479647


The Top 20 Tennis Breakthrough Performances of the Year
15. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, Age 21
Grigor Dimitrov began 2012 ranked world No. 76. To date, he has reached the No. 60 spot on the ATP rankings ladder.

The early part of the year was not easy. Dimitrov's ranking fell out of the top 100 by the time the young Bulgarian entered the tournament in Miami.

But once there, Dimitrov advanced to the round of 16, losing to Janko Tipsarevic after upending Tomas Berdych in the third round.

The results in Miami moved Dimitrov to the No. 86 position in the rankings as the clay-court season began.

In Nice, after qualifying to get into the main draw, Dimitrov advanced two rounds before losing to Gilles Simon in the round of 16.

But his real breakthrough moment came in London at the Queen's Club. Dimitrov made it all the way to the semifinals before losing to Argentine David Nalbandian.

Later in Bastad on clay, the Bulgarian once again reached the semifinals losing to David Ferrer.

He also reached the semifinals in Gstaad losing to Thomaz Bellucci.

While hard courts do not seem to be his strength at the moment, Dimitrov has made considerable inroads in 2012.

Formerly touted as the next coming of Roger Federer, this may end up being the season when Dimitrov lives up to his expectations.

2012 could be his breakout season as the tour heads indoor. Dimitrov is definitely someone to watch.

Hypnotize
10-21-2012, 08:42 AM
Serena to play the Swedish Open next year thanks to Grigor.

http://hd.se/sport/2012/10/19/darfor-valde-serena-bastad/
Swedish Open changing costume and Serena Williams as the poster's name. Grigor Dimitrov and a junior who loved Bastad has a big role to play in the tennis icon comes here next summer.


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This is Serena Williams
She is 31 and has been a professional since she was 14.

She has won 15 Grand Slam titles in singles. The latest was just the last Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open.

She won Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles in London. She has two Olympic gold medal in doubles with sister Venus earlier.

She has recorded over 260 million in prize money.


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Tennis. damturneringen year's edition of the Swedish Open was tough for the organizers. Italian poster named Sara Errani was forced to drop out due to injury, the rain delayed matches heavily and it got 14,000 fewer spectators than before.

It was time to redo.

In H & M as the main sponsor of the three Swedish competitions (two in Bastad and Stockholm Open) the next three years. And Serena Williams, one of the largest dams ponds appear in the sports world, is ready for the tournament next year.

- It is absolutely incredible. It is no treo, but it is a real surgical procedure in the competition, said tournament director Thomas Wallen.

Wallen was not so great förhoppingar on getting hit on American icon.

- We decided a meeting with her agent in New York and we did not even talk about what the meeting would be about. We did not think there was a chance that she was interested. So we became very surprising when her agent Jill Smoller had played Båstad junior and absolutely loved it, Wallen says, and continues:

- Then she has trained extensively with Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgarian men's player). And Grigor is one of the largest Båstad fanatics. So we were surprised that she knew so much. Then Grigor and Jill affected her.

After the first meeting went pretty quickly to resolve.

- We are always getting into a big star every year. Then, we depend on your calendar, but just this year took it to Serena.

When damturneringen was played in Stockholm a few years ago, Serena's older sister Venus the large poster name, but she dropped out. Serena has in recent years chosen their races well and she is not known to jump off.

How expensive is she getting here?

- It's over (Caroline) Wozniacki, but it is a good investment.

Damturneringen lost 14,000 spectators this year compared to last year. What do you expect next year?

- I think it's approaching this week's numbers. I'm very happy that we and Båstad have managed to hit Serena. There is no china puff it here, but a real Times Square fireworks.

BlueLighthouse
11-06-2012, 05:32 AM
Grigor in Chicago visiting Wilson HQ
http://wilsontennis.wordpress.com/

FedererBulgaria
11-06-2012, 10:46 PM
Grigor in Chicago visiting Wilson HQ
http://wilsontennis.wordpress.com/

Was great to read it!Once Grigor get in top 10 he will ne such a star!


There is no question Grigor is one of the most talented players out there… and on top of that, he has the personality and charisma to bring tennis to another level. :worship:

BlueLighthouse
11-09-2012, 05:20 AM
More blog from Wilson's Chicago Experience http://wilsontennis.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/thank-you/

As I said in my previous post Grigor Dimitrov is an extremely talented tennis player and on top of that he is a super nice kid….here is what we learned about Grigor this week: he is pretty good with a putter, is a killer pool player (didn’t miss a shot), loves art that has skulls & angels and most importantly, he is TONS OF FUN!

BlueLighthouse
11-09-2012, 05:45 AM
Also

@TennisConnected
Reliable sources tell us that Grigor Dimitrov is moving to Wilson clothing in 2013. That would make Nike without him and Delpo. Interesting.

But Grigor responded quickly / accidentally with a post on FB that he was visiting Nike HQ (after Chicago). So let's just wait and see.

FedererBulgaria
11-09-2012, 04:07 PM
Such a nice guy

BlueLighthouse
11-20-2012, 07:37 AM
New Coach News!!!

http://www.svd.se/sport/nye-federer-flyttar-till-sverige_7682222.svd
Google Translate

Tennis Star of the Swedish Academy

Tennis Star Grigor Dimitrov moves to Sweden. The 21-year-old Bulgarian leaves her and Serena Williams Common same coach to start training at the academy Good To Great.

"The Child, super talent and new Federer "is reviews Dimitrov lived with for many years and both flattered and weighed him.

His career has not gone dead straight but he is ranked 48 - the youngest of the players in the top 50 - and still talk everything to Bulgarian with its nearly perfected technology becomes one of the sport's biggest names.

SvD can reveal that Dimitrov decided to break off cooperation with the coach Patrick Mouratouglou and now becomes the first international top player in Good To Great.

His career has not gone dead straight but he is ranked 48 - the youngest of the players in the top 50 - and still talk everything to Bulgarian with its nearly perfected technology becomes one of the sport's biggest names.

I look forward to training here, the atmosphere seems very good and I have a great team behind me, says Dimitrov that year after he captured the 2008 junior titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open moved to Mouratouglous academy in France.

There, Dimitrov during two seasons as coach Peter Lundgren but Mouratouglou took years of self-responsibility and have seen their mentees reach three semi-finals on the ATP tour, including when the summer's Swedish Open in Bastad.

Mouratouglou, who coaches also damtennisens fixed star Serena Williams has a very good reputation but Dimitrov know that he wants to try something new and that he chooses Good to Great is a good review of the Swedish Academy, which is run by exproffsen Magnus Norman, Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillström .

- This is an exciting challenge for us. Our ambition is to develop players to the top of the world and Grigor has enormous potential, says Kulti.

Dimitrov arrived to Sweden on Sunday and is now waiting five weeks of hard training before traveling to Australia and next season's first Grand Slam tournament where he was traveling with The Power.

Does this mean that The Power will be his coach?

- We have a shared responsibility for Grigor says Kulti to believe that the College's new additions will be a spur to the young Swedish talent.

- They can see how he trains and puts up his tennis.

Then Robin Soderling still can not practice at full speed and then no other Swedish is really high class, the question is how Grigor Dimitrov will get good sparring in Sweden.

- The bit I'm not worried. Jarkko (Nieminen) in Finland can come over sometimes and there are more players that may be relevant.

A few years ago Dimitrov was inhibited by the ambient sky-high expectations and constant comparisons with Roger Federer.

But this year, the lågmälde and likeable talent been more relaxed on the course.

"Everyone develops at different rates and it takes the time it takes. I developed all the time and feel confident in it, "he told Svenska Dagbladet during the Swedish Open.

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

So long Patrick :nerner: :nerner: :nerner:

Hypnotize
11-20-2012, 09:52 AM
Interesting news. Norman worked wonders for Soderling so hopefully he can do the same for Grigor. The lack of Swedish talent at the moment also means Grigor should get their full attention which many on here believe was lacking at Patrick's academy. I just hope he gets his head down and works his butt off during the off-season. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing for him right now.

nadejda
11-20-2012, 12:54 PM
I am very positively excited about that change!
Good luck, Grigor :)

FedererBulgaria
11-20-2012, 02:02 PM
Well its a good news!Cmonnnnnnnn

RandyE
11-22-2012, 04:57 AM
Definitely great news! I'm not that familiar with the Swedes' coaching style, however, I believe that Grigor will definitely benefit from this change.

BlueLighthouse
11-22-2012, 10:32 AM
Some practice news here (http://answermyquestionjerk.se/dunger/blog/grigor-dimitrov/)

Where today and saw when Grigor Dimitrov trained with Good to Great in the SALK. Today was Nicklas Kulti for sparring. It looks fantastic when Grigor play! What technology! Understand that there is much to work with, but with the technology and you have a good start. Kulti looked to have found form too.

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/dunger/files/2012/11/IMG_0548-300x300.jpg

FedererBulgaria
11-22-2012, 01:57 PM
There is also videoes in youtube :)

tuna
11-23-2012, 09:24 PM
Why did he leave Patrick? I thought it's Patrick who helped him reached top 50 at the end. :confused:

RandyE
11-24-2012, 02:04 AM
Why did he leave Patrick? I thought it's Patrick who helped him reached top 50 at the end. :confused:
Given the fact that Patrick is focused on coaching Serena, it seems that this was a good time to leave the academy. It also shows that he was not completely satisfied with his progress and wasn't afraid to make a change; additionally, knowing that the Swedes don't have anyone else at the moment, Grigor is able to fill a void and get the team's total attention. My (hopefully not too overly optimistic) forecast is that you will see Grigor really come into his own this year. Let's hope he can deliver.

kr1s71an
11-26-2012, 08:24 PM
From Patrick Mouratoglou's Facebook:
All the Academy and myself have loved those years spent working with Grigor Dimitrov. He is a great personnality and an unbelievable player. Our ways part sides today. I wish Grigor, that I love, the best in life and in his career. I am sure that his potential and dedication to this sport will lead him very far. Good luck my friend.

Hypnotize
11-27-2012, 09:28 AM
Nice comment from Patrick. I know some on here don't rate him highly but I think Patrick was a good coach for Grigor at that stage of his career and they had a genuine friendship. Just because he decided it was time to move on, it doesn't mean he didn't benefit from his time with Patrick.

kr1s71an
11-27-2012, 12:21 PM
From Grigor's Facebook:

I would like to thank Patrick and the whole Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for all their support. The academy became my home for many years and helped me grow as a player as well as a person. I will miss everyone and I will always keep the years I spent there in a very special place in my heart. Thank you, Patrick and the team!

FedererBulgaria
11-27-2012, 06:37 PM
Thats really nice : ))

BlueLighthouse
12-21-2012, 03:15 PM
Magnus Norman's Interview (http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1593)

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.

BlueLighthouse
01-02-2013, 02:36 PM
From ATP Website (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Form-And-Fitness/2012/Dimitrov-Making-Steady-Progress.aspx)

GRIGOR DIMITROV: ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE
by Matt Fitzgerald | 02.01.2013

© ATP
Grigor Dimitrov is looking to build on the progress he made in 2012.
Grigor Dimitrov has been touted as one of the future stars of the ATP World Tour by virtue of his talent, flashy shot-making and vibrant personality.

In 2012, Dimitrov showed true signs of promise. Among his highlights, the 21 year old advanced to three tour-level semi-finals, notched his first Top 10 victory against Tomas Berdych in Miami and finished the year ranked inside the Top 50 for the first time with a personal best 24-19 season record.

As part of Compeed’s Form & Fitness Series, Dimitrov discusses his recent relocation to the Good to Great Tennis Academy, the greatest improvement to his game since joining the pro ranks in 2008 and more…



This past season, you became the first Bulgarian to be ranked inside the Top 50. How does it feel to continue breaking new ground for your country?

I think it’s great. My country is really starting to believe in that. They are starting to see we have more than a couple of sports, as tennis is starting to get up there. I’m glad I’m playing for Bulgaria

You're now working at the Good to Great Tennis Academy with Mikael Tillstrom, Magnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti. How have you found things in Sweden?

So far, it’s been great. I’ve been practising there the past few weeks. There’s a lot of snow out there at the moment. It’s a great place, with nice people. Everyone is enjoying working together. We’re all positive that 2013 will bring good things to us.

Where have you seen the greatest improvement in your game since turning professional in 2008?

I think it would definitely be the way I move on court. I think I’ve improved my fitness level. And with my game, I’ve started serving better. I’m still trying to improve all over. Building up is something big for me, so I’m pretty pleased so far.

Where does winning your first title rank on your list of priorities in 2013?

I want to win every tournament possible, of course!

What is an exercise or stretch you’d recommend a recreational player add into their training program?

Everyone views themselves in a different way. In general, you should keep your hips loose and make sure you are stretching. To do the right things, you need to keep yourself in shape.

Which player on tour do you think…
Has the best balance? Rafael Nadal
Is the quickest? Novak Djokovic
Is the most flexible? Gael Monfils
Has the greatest muscular endurance? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Has the best footwork? Roger Federer
Has the strongest core? Me!

kr1s71an
01-03-2013, 04:31 AM
From Brisbane website:

Short and sharp: Grigor Dimitrov

As a 21-year-old professional tennis player, travelling the world to play the game he loves along with rather flattering comparisons to Roger Federer, Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov is living the ultimate fantasy—and it’s set to get even better.

Ending the year in the top 50 for the first time—currently at world No.48—Dimitrov showed his ominous stripes in 2012, claiming a top-10 win over world No.7 Tomas Berdych in Miami en route to a fourth-round berth.

He’s clocked up juniors titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2008, but with a killer backhand down the line and an impressive all-court game that draws the comparison to the Swiss king of tennis, Dimitrov grinned that his highlight is yet to come.

“I still haven’t reached that highlight that I’m looking for,” he said.

And while that highlight will be kept close to his chest, we can be sure it’s something else he can compare to Roger Federer.

“You’ll hear and see about it,” he grinned.

But, with nicknames of the likes of “G-Force” and “PT” (prime time), Dimitrov isn’t all about tennis, and for his first time at the Brisbane International, the man flying the flag for Bulgaria answered some get-to-know-you questions for Brisbane fans ahead of his second-round clash with Canadian Milos Raonic.

What are you hobbies away from tennis? I’m a guy that likes to improvise and do whatever I feel like in my free time. Of course I restrict myself from certain things though.

Which is your favourite Grand Slam? I like Australia a lot I have to say, but I’ll go with Wimby.

What do you like to do before a match? I like to get ready, warm up of course, which is the most important, listen to a bit of music and try to get into the right groove for the match.

What music are you listening to right now? I have nearly 10,000 songs on my computer, so it’s hard. But, I have Lana Del Rey at the moment.

Do you have any superstitions? Always. I like to use the same shower and try to do the same things I did the day before, and stuff like that.

What’s your tennis bag like? Always tidy. I’m just like that.

When did you decide to turn pro? I always wanted to be pro; that was just the thing I always wanted. So as soon as I started performing well, that was my goal.

What’s your favourite tennis moment? Winning Wimbledon as a junior probably.

What do you think of the comparisons to Roger Federer? I mean you can’t compare things like it. Of course it’s flattering and all that. I think the future will show the rest, but Roger is Roger and I am me.

Which player do you most like to play? I actually like to play everyone. I don’t mind anyone … for now.

Hopefully for Dimitrov his affinity for the ATP players doesn’t change after he faces second-seed Milos Raonic in their second-round match on Thursday, or perhaps we’ll know to blame it on a stolen shower-cubicle.

Regardless, Dimitrov is a player to keep an eye on, on and off the court in 2013.

Hypnotize
01-05-2013, 03:46 PM
Grigor Dimitrov living up to Roger Federer comparison

http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/grigor-dimitrov-living-up-to-roger-federer-comparison/story-fndkzym4-1226548210354


AFTER training in darkness for six weeks at a Swedish boot camp, Grigor Dimitrov can finally see the light.

The Bulgarian 21-year-old, once rated "better than Federer at the same age" by renowned coach Peter Lundgren, realised his full potential yesterday as he reached his first ATP final at the Brisbane International.

Fitter, stronger and more mentally prepared than at any stage of his career, Dimitrov staved off a serious challenge from Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) to secure a clash with top seed Andy Murray.

Dimitrov left Patrick Mouratoglou, the French coach of Serena Williams, last year to join a Swedish team headed by former pro Mikael Tillstrom in Stockholm.

Both Dimitrov and Mouratoglou had been romantically linked to Williams in the past year, but the world No.48 only said his move was about taking his career forward after becoming stale.

"I think there is a time in life when you want to find the best way for you and improve in what you do," Dimitrov said.

"I mean, the years are rolling and you don't want to be stuck at a certain spot, so you've got to try things until you actually find the right formula for it.

"I felt it was time for me to change and experience something new."

Already the youngest player in the world top 50, Dimitrov is determined to live up to the early comparisons made in his career and deliver on his potential.

It was in the darkness of Stockholm where Dimitrov laid the foundations for a 2013 surge after only showing flashes of brilliance until now.

"We were hitting tons of balls a day, just hitting and hitting and hitting until actually you don't want to hit any more," he said.

"It wasn't much fun, I can tell you that.

"Then after, when I came here, I saw the sun for the first time in six weeks, I felt rejuvenated."

Murray said Dimitrov had the chance to reveal his big-match temperament.

In his first ATP final appearance, Murray said it would be interesting to see if the Bulgarian played fearlessly or was crushed by nerves.

"I played Federer in my first final in Bangkok, so there are nerves, but also I went into that match with not much pressure because you're not expected to win," Murray said.

"He's going to be incredibly pumped up.

"Everybody deals with situations differently. I have no idea whether he'll be nervous tomorrow or whether he'll really enjoy it."

Murray advanced to his second straight Brisbane final when Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew in the second set with a knee injury.

After a slow start, Murray was on track to winning the semi-final on his own terms, coming back from 1-4 to win the first set 6-4.

There has been much hype about Dimitrov, one of several young guns, including Nishikori, who are making moves towards the top 10.

But Murray cautioned against heaping too much expectation on the new generation.

He said the gap between junior and professional tennis was a gaping one, requiring physical and mental evolution.

"We'll have to wait and see how they come along physically," Murray said.

"When you play in the Slams in really hot temperatures, physically that's tough.

"That's when you find out about them, when they have to come through some long five-set matches.

"When you're used to winning and hitting winning shots in juniors, then (in the Grand Slams) those shots are coming back four and five times.

"You have to get stronger so that shots that were winners against you aren't winners anymore."

Emiliq
01-12-2013, 06:38 AM
TennisSpinster: Are Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova dating?
source: http://www.tennisalternative.com/tennisspinster-are-grigor-dimitrov-and-maria-sharapova-dating--rn1964.html
Where did you come from,Tsurenko?:confused:

BlueLighthouse
01-14-2013, 04:49 AM
Grigor's news after 1R exit from AO2013

Baby Federer' Dimitrov slams privacy invasion over Sharapova (http://sports.ndtv.com/tennis/news/item/201880-baby-federer-dimitrov-slams-privacy-invasion-over-sharapova?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NdtvSports-allsports+%28All+Sports+News+%7C+NDTVSports.com%29 )

Melbourne: Grigor Dimitrov has criticised interest in his relationship with Maria Sharapova as an invasion of privacy and said the topic should be off-limits.

The 21-year-old Bulgarian nicknamed 'Baby Federer' suffered a vastly different fate to the Russian starlet on the opening day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

While the second-seeded Sharapova recorded a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Olga Puchkova on Rod Laver Arena, Dimitrov was banished to Court 13 and flopped 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to veteran Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Hype followed Dimitrov to his outside court, partly because word had spread that he was Sharapova's new flame, and partly because he has uncanny similarities in technique and flair to 17-time major-winner Roger Federer.

He raced to a 3-0 lead, as Sharapova held the same scoreline. But while the Russian went onwards and upwards, Dimitrov embarked on a steep downhill slide as the 32-seeded Frenchman sailed to victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

"I don't think it's a distraction," Dimitrov said of interest in his personal life. "I just believe I am here to be on the court. I am not here to speak about my private life.

"People love gossip. Who doesn't? But I believe it's a privacy invasion. I don't think that's right. It's not because we're different, but because it's not right to athletes in general. It should be forbidden to even be asked but it is what it is, right?"

Dimitrov was critical of the officiating in his match and claimed a succession of wrong calls were made.

He seemed set for a breakthrough year when he pushed US Open champion Andy Murray in the final of the Brisbane International earlier this month, but he has since slumped to first-round defeats in Sydney and Melbourne.

"Losses like this are pretty tough," he said. "The loss to Murray was tough for me, I have to say. I felt like I had everything there. Of course you must expect these ups and downs.

"You have to make sure you remind yourself you are going to have brighter days and also trust your instincts. You cannot underestimate that. Some days, you are just going to play bad.

"I didn't serve well, I didn't move well, I didn't play well."

The world number 41 said he was aware of the hype surrounding his career and the impatience among his followers for him to contend for a major championship.

"Next thing you know, you're losing first round in three sets," he said. "It's not the best thing. I just have to keep my head up and try to be good. It is still early in the year."

kr1s71an
01-28-2013, 01:45 PM
Interview with Grigor from today :) You can find it in Bulgarian here (http://tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D0%B3-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/item/3983-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%88%D0%BE-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B4%D1%8F%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BC-%D1%81%D0%B5-%D0%B4%D0%B0-%D0%B2%D0%BB%D1%8F%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D0%B2-%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BF-30), but here's my translation and lets hope it's better then the one from Google :)

About the upcoming Davis Cup match with Finland:
"With or without Jarkko it's the same. I think that I know almost everyone of their team. I haven't played with them except that match with Kontinen at the Junior Wimbledon final, but I think we won't have any problems. With opponents like them we just have to be careful and use our chances"

About 2012 and the start of the new season:
"2012 was a big year for me and I had some great results. It hurt a lot after that final with Andy and I didn't slept much in the next two days. I know I had my chances and I could of done it, but lets hope the next time I'll do better and win the title. I have more than 20 tournaments to play till the end of this year, but my schedule will also depend on my game and how I'll do in those tournaments. I hope if everything is OK I'll get in at least at Top 30 in the rankings till the end of 2013, because for me it's very important to be seeded in the big tournaments."

About his ups and downs - how he played a final one week and lost in the first round in the next one:
"One day you can play really well and the next day your game might not be on the same level as you want, but the ultimate goal is to win every single match"

About the new academy and the changes in his training:
"My training was very different in December. I changed my fitness coach, who really helped me a lot in those 5 weeks. At the moment I've changed everything in my team and I think for now everything works well"

About the pluses and minuses in his game:
"When I serve at 5-3 and then lose the set (laughing)."

Which player's style he likes the most:
"For me Federer will always be model №1 and I think everyone thinks the same."

Which component of his game he wants to improve in 2013:
"The goal of my training before this season was to feel better physically, to not have any injuries, to play more tournaments and to not retire if I have some small injury. I think that will help me for the future and that's the most important thing."

And of course - About the Federer comparisons:
"I think those comparisons with Federer are already quite worn and even he said that once. I actually had lunch with him in Australia a couple of days ago and we talked about that subject. We both have the same opinion about it and that's good (laughing).

Enjoy!

Emiliq
01-28-2013, 03:06 PM
I actually had lunch with him in Australia a couple of days ago and we talked about that subject. We both have the same opinion about it and that's good (laughing).

I don't know if he is joking.:confused:

kr1s71an
01-28-2013, 03:55 PM
I actually had lunch with him in Australia a couple of days ago and we talked about that subject. We both have the same opinion about it and that's good (laughing).

I don't know if he is joking.:confused:
I listened to the interview and he doesn't sound like joking.

Hypnotize
01-28-2013, 09:01 PM
They all eat at the same places at the GSs so it's not unexpected he would have lunch with Federer from time to time.

FedererBulgaria
01-28-2013, 09:44 PM
Its normal ! Roger loves him as well :D

Hypnotize
01-29-2013, 09:52 AM
Its normal ! Roger loves him as well :D
I doubt it. There's only one person Roger loves and that is Roger. ;)

BlueLighthouse
01-29-2013, 02:15 PM
I don't think it's common for a lower rank, young player to have a lunch with Federer (unless they have some connections e.g. same agents). IMHO, his Swedish coach probably has something to do with it.

Tsonga once said that when Federer entered the room, everybody was quiet, like the boss was coming ;) Also in various interviews, players normally hang out with their own pals, mainly from the same country. A young player (sorry I don't remember who) once said that in the player's lounge/restaurant, there were tables for the big guys (Federer, Safin (when he was playing). I think ages/generations also help creating groups (in addition to ranking/performance/country).

Anyway, it's not a big deal for Grigor or any young player to have that opportunity but still good for him.

Hypnotize
02-12-2013, 08:30 AM
Nice article about the Grigor - Tomic match and all the young players

http://www.thesportreview.com/tsr/2013/02/rotterdam-2013-bernard-tomic-jerzy-janowicz-grigor-dimitrov/

It’s a big year for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The first ATP 500 in the tennis calendar is celebrating 40 years, a landmark that deserves the presence of the biggest name in tennis, Roger Federer here to defend his title. And for added appeal, the anniversary also features last year’s losing finalist, the ever-popular Juan Martin del Potro.

As the top two seeds, and No2 and 7 in the world respectively, they could go all the way to a repeat championship match, and that has become a particularly compelling prospect since they last met in Rotterdam.

Del Potro pushed Federer closer with every one of their eight meetings in 2012—their French Open and London Olympics matches could not have been tighter—and finally got the better of Federer back indoors at the end of the season, winning in Basel and at the World Tour Finals. In short, another final in the Netherlands would have a lot on the line.

The draw is enhanced further by two more top-10 players, Frenchman both. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga—a finalist in Rotterdam two years ago who found one of his purple patches in a five-setter against Federer at the Australian Open—is seeded No3. Richard Gasquet, already a winner of two titles this year—including indoors in Montpellier last week—is No4.

Completing the seeds are four players inside the top 30: world No14 Gilles Simon, No18 Andreas Seppi and No27 Florian Mayer. And sandwiched amongst them is a name that came to prominence with a vengeance at the only indoor Masters of the year, in Paris.

The rangy, powerful 22-year-old Jerzy Janowicz has threatened to break into the big time for a couple of years, and finally did so at the BNP Paribas Masters. He went through qualifiers and beat three top-20 and two top-10 players en route to his first ATP final. That topped a year in which he started at 221 and ended at 26, and it meant he was seeded No7 in Rotterdam.

Janowicz is one of a band of five players aged 20 to 22 who have taken their time to mature on the senior tour. The highest ranked of them, the 6ft 5in No13 Milos Raonic, is this week topping the bill in San Jose where he is aiming to win the title for the third straight time. But the other five men are all in Rotterdam.

The lowest ranked, 22-year-old David Goffin, is also the smallest—a touch under 6ft—but has a mobility and variety that has reaped wins on clay—he took a set from Federer in the fourth round of the French Open—and on hard courts. He won the indoor Challenger event in Orlean in the autumn and then reached the quarters in Valencia. He also happened to be the chosen partner in a near-two-hour practice session for Federer on Rotterdam’s opening day.

Meanwhile, though, the other three big, young guns promised some tantalizing main-draw tennis. First up was Janowicz against Victor Hanescu, but he also became the first loser of the tournament in a shock 7-6, 6-3 defeat.

Giving his younger opponent almost a decade in age and two inches in height—though Hanescu is a substantial 6ft 5in—the Romanian nevertheless resisted the onslaught of 10 aces and searing forehands. Hanescu broke twice, using some nice sliced backhand skills to counter those of the Pole, in what became a clear case of experience over youth.

Janowicz, distracted by noises on the practice court alongside, had the poorer concentration in the tie-break and could never regain the advantage. So while the Pole has the skill, physique and surprisingly good mobility of a future top-10 player, he has some maturing to do.

The same might also be said of the other two young men who sparkled like diamonds as juniors. Bernard Tomic, still only 20, won the junior Australian Open at 15 and then its equivalent at the US Open in 2009, while 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov won the junior Wimbledon and US titles.

Their careers have run in parallel ever since: Pros since 2008, ranked just four places apart—Dimitrov at 41 and Tomic at 45—and both making waves at Wimbledon in 2011. Dimitrov took Tsonga to four pulsating sets before losing, while Tomic made it all the way through qualifying and on to a quarterfinal meeting with Novak Djokovic—and took the No2 seed to four sets, too.

Then by happy coincidence, both had breakthroughs in this year’s opening hard-court tournaments, with Dimitrov reaching his first final in Brisbane and Tomic winning his first title in Sydney. But despite all the parallels, they had never met—until the first round in Rotterdam.

As if to press home the similarities, they looked, to the novice eye, identical. Both sponsored by Nike, they opted for the same white shirts, grey shorts, white socks and bright yellow shoes. The also happen to be tall and slender with cropped dark hair. Fortunately for those not familiar with the distinctive single-handed backhand of Dimitrov, he also wore a sea-blue sweat-band: Tomic wore one in grey.

In play, there are similar strengths, too. They can unleash a decent serve, throw in a reasonable drop shot and take a ball overhead without too much trouble. But Dimitrov has a certain ‘extra’ about his game: flexibility on the backhand, disguise on his ground-strokes and some remarkable creativity around the net—on the all-too-rare occasions he finds himself there.

Not for nothing has he been compared with a young Federer, but he made it clear afterwards that he is working hard to evolve his own distinctive game. He has recently changed coaches and training bases—not for the first time—to join the Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden: “It was something that I needed to do in my career, in my development, to give me an extra edge and of course push me to another level.”

And his growing assurance took him to a quick first set against the more inconsistent Tomic, 6-3.

The Australian has shown signs of immaturity in the past—both on and off court—but against a man who could become a major rival in years to come, he regrouped impressively to break at the start of the second set and held his advantage to take it, 6-3.

It required just one break in the seventh game of the third to decide the match, another 6-3 set to Dimitrov, and as the personable Bulgarian admitted afterwards: “The difference was small. It came down to a few points here and there.”

It was a crisp hour and half that told much of the potential of both men but hinted at an extra step taken in the flowering of Dimitrov.

He was level-headed in his appreciation of this band of young men who are spearheading the next generation: “It’s happening for all of us—but all of us has his own way and I don’t think each of us has found the right combination yet. It’s going to take time, and one of the most important things is just to stay injury free. The rest is going to come with hard work.”

And he will need all that mature perspective when he takes on the experience of either Nikolay Davydenko or Florian Mayer in the next round.

Emiliq
03-09-2013, 01:27 PM
With google translator.Source: http://www.tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D0%B3-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/item/4387-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%88%D0%BE-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D1%81%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%B8%D 1%82%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%BB%D1%8E%D0%B1%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D1%85%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%B8-%D0%BC%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B6%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B5-%D0%B4%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B8

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Grigor Dimitrov is currently in the U.S., where this month will participate in two Masters held in Indian Wells and Miami, which he said is one of the best outdoor events in the summer and likes to call them small Grand Slam .Our first missile spend a few days in Los Angeles, where he prepared under the guidance of his coach Michael Tilstryom and before heading to Indian Wells Haskovo gave an interesting interview blitz "Capital Light".

Here it is:

Favorite means of transportation I use all possible means. I have to.
Favorite pet: I would like to have a dog, but under the circumstances it is not currently possible.
Favorite jeans model: I like to create your own style, different dress pants and jeans. Because I travel a lot, I could not be mistaken as an actual dress nice sweaters.
Popular sneaker: Nike.
Favorite restaurant: kitchen mom.
Favorite book: I like the variety of topics and I was difficult to choose one particular.
Favorite drink: Ginger Ale.
Desired destination for vacation: Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia and Bora Bora - these are my dream destinations.
Favorite sport besides tennis: I like to play football and I like extreme sports, especially mountain biking with my RAM Bike.
Your Inspiration: I find inspiration in almost everything that surrounds me. "Keep your eyes open and do not hang up and see the beauty and reality will see you."
Favorite Coffee: Cappuccino Latte.
Favorite Designer: Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, and other Balmeyn.
Favorite Model Bag: Louis Vuitton.
Favorite pattern shirt: Do not wear a lot of shirts, but I like the urban style with a nice sweater.
Favorite Bar: Buddha Bar.
Favorite gadget: Do not travel without my computer, iPad and Blackberry.
Favorite memory: I remember only the good.
Favorite breakfast: Nothing can compare to the eggs - any kind, Crispy Hashbrowns, bread, tomatoes and ham Serrano.
Favorite model watches: Longines.
Favorite TV show / series: Entourage and Friengs.
Favorite spice: Sugar and salt.
Favorite scene: The one to the house of my friend.
Favorite Perfume: Creed-Aventus.
Favorite Toothpaste: Crest, Rembrandt.
Favourite cream: La Pririe.
Favorite movie: The Notebook.

BlueLighthouse
03-09-2013, 03:01 PM
Getting new fan everywhere he goes:-

Mr. Showtime, Grigor Dimitrov
Written by: Shubert on 8th March 2013

Indian Wells, CA – There’s a reason that Brad Gilbert nicknamed this young player named Grigor, “Mr. Showtime”… It’s because when you’re around him his charisma and energy is just that, Showtime. He’s an immensely talented tennis player with fluid strokes on both wings, a gorgeous one-handed backhand, and power that seems to come seamlessly from his footwork.

I just met Grigor at this year’s BNP Paribas Open and his open personality and amazing friendliness on top of confidence was easily seen. No wonder this guy is able to play such care-free tennis and produce results. He made the final at the Brisbane 250 right before the Australian Open and had chances to beat Andy Murray in that match but came up a little short. Not bad for his first tour final to make the reigning British #1 look extremely defensive.

What I witnessed as I sat warming the bench as Grigor and his doubles partner warmed up was astounding. I watched him hit shots that only one other player makes look as easy, Roger Federer. On top of that, he practices trick shots as well as his weapons. Drop shots, touch, feel, even ridiculous crowd pleasers. As soon as he had a crowd watching him, he tried a serve. He balanced the ball on the butt of his racket, then bounced the racket on the tip of its head so that the ball jumped up off the butt off the racket. He then took a full service motion while the ball was flying up in the air (like a toss) and hit a perfect slice serve off of it. Then he did it again and hit a kick serve. Jaws in the sparse crowd started to drop.

I hereby proclaim that if you’re tired of seeing grinders or players that just don’t offer up the style that you want to see from professional tennis players, then you must make Grigor Dimitrov one of your favorite players to try and see, he will amaze you. And if his play doesn’t amaze you, don’t be afraid to talk to him because as I learned tonight, he talks back! Interacting with the crowd, appeasing them, and thoroughly enjoying it just as much as they are. I will definitely keep a more steady eye on this man and hope you will begin to as well. As young as he is, style doesn’t win you many points on tour, so the more support and encouragement he gets, hopefully he can be a solid top 20 player in the coming years and delight tennis fans globally for years to come.

Hypnotize
03-09-2013, 03:47 PM
I couldn't agree more with this quote. :yeah:

I hereby proclaim that if you’re tired of seeing grinders or players that just don’t offer up the style that you want to see from professional tennis players, then you must make Grigor Dimitrov one of your favorite players to try and see, he will amaze you.

nadejda
03-09-2013, 05:06 PM
Mr Showtime better wins his match :rolls:

FedererBulgaria
03-09-2013, 05:39 PM
Love it,nice to see Mr Showtime gets more and more fans : ))

swedes_rule
03-10-2013, 03:26 AM
great article :)

MichaelKrep
03-10-2013, 01:09 PM
Favorite scene: The one to the house of my friend.
The correct translation is actually - "Favourite view: The one from my girlfriend's house."
Cue lots of drama and speculation. :p

BlueLighthouse
03-28-2013, 04:48 PM
A little bit mention from Lendl (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/9958296/Ivan-Lendl-makes-preparation-the-key-for-Andy-Murray-in-chase-for-more-grand-slam-success.html)


“If you train for five-hour matches, it gives you a lot of confidence. Take Grigor Dimitrov, who has played some great tennis against Andy and against Novak Djokovic this year. That guy comes out so hot, but we know, and so does Novak, he can’t sustain it. If he could he would be No 1 in the world.
“It’s incredible effort that guy is putting in, incredible level. The first set between Andy and Dimitrov in Brisbane in January was the best tennis I have seen this year. If you can last at your level and he drops then all of a sudden you are the better player. That’s what the training is for.”

Hypnotize
03-28-2013, 08:34 PM
That's quite a compliment from Lendl and I agree that he has to find a way to keep his level up for a whole match.

BlueLighthouse
03-29-2013, 06:40 AM
I feel sarcasm from Lendl here "...If he could he would be No 1 in the world..." can used to described several players. 'Cos I don't think that sustaining the high level is the only flaw in Grigor's game (ROS, BH are the areas we already talked about many times.)

Anyway, the next paragraph I like and feel honesty. "The first set between Andy and Dimitrov in Brisbane in January was the best tennis I have seen this year."

Ziros
04-09-2013, 01:47 AM
Hi guys,just wondering if there is any truth to the rumour Grigor is seeing Maria Sharapova? I realize there have been the odd tweet speculating something,but is there actually any concrete evidence? Has Grigor really won the biggest prize in tennis?

Cecig
04-09-2013, 03:57 AM
Part of interview with Dimitar.

"Grigor Dimitrov wasn't felling well before his semi final match in Miami due to illness. He began training in Sweden now" - Grigor's father

BlueLighthouse
04-09-2013, 05:08 AM
@TheRealPatCash After not nearly enough sleep am at Heathrow heading to Nice to play w #Janko Tipsarevic and #Grigor Dimitrov for up coming @cnnopencourt

Hypnotize
04-09-2013, 07:24 AM
Hi guys,just wondering if there is any truth to the rumour Grigor is seeing Maria Sharapova? I realize there have been the odd tweet speculating something,but is there actually any concrete evidence? Has Grigor really won the biggest prize in tennis?
There is no evidence they are dating, it's all speculation based on them being filmed together in Milan last year.

Hypnotize
04-09-2013, 07:25 AM
@TheRealPatCash After not nearly enough sleep am at Heathrow heading to Nice to play w #Janko Tipsarevic and #Grigor Dimitrov for up coming @cnnopencourt
Is this an exhibition? :confused:

BlueLighthouse
04-09-2013, 09:02 AM
Is this an exhibition? :confused:

No, it's something like ATP Uncovered but done by CNN in a more fun, relaxed way. Here's an example

rcxdeuup2q4

Andreas
04-09-2013, 09:38 AM
Grigor and Frederik Nielsen prolonged their doubles partnership and will play together at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon :)

FedererBulgaria
04-09-2013, 08:50 PM
Grigor and Frederik Nielsen prolonged their doubles partnership and will play together at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon :)

love the news as i love ur avatar

BlueLighthouse
04-17-2013, 04:50 PM
GRIGOR DIMITROV TUESDAY PRESS (http://www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com/News/Tennis/2013/Interview-Transcripts/Grigor-Dimitrov-Tuesday.aspx) CONFERENCE
G. DIMITROV/J. Tipsarevic

Q. What are the goals for the season? Have you set something special?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, the most important thing is to stay healthy, injury free. I think that's the most important thing. Of course, the top 20 by the end of the year, it's very achievable. As I said, the consistency is going to go a big key, work in all the matches, and never give up.

BlueLighthouse
04-19-2013, 03:36 PM
Interview

GRIGOR DIMITROV THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
by ATP Staff | 21.04.2012

G. DIMITROV/F. Mayer

6-2, 6-4

An interview with:

GRIGOR DIMITROV

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. On the face of it, very impressive win today. Obviously it tees up a rather interesting match for you tomorrow. What are your impressions?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I'm happy, first of all. Definitely happy. Coming on clay, first tournament coming to play on clay court is always tough. But I'm happy I'm managing so far to play a good tennis.
Really looking forward to that match tomorrow. I mean, even for now I'm very excited. Hopefully can perform at my best. It's going to be a great match.

Q. You did so well, like in Indian Wells, so close with Novak. In Miami you also played really well. You're playing right there with the top players. That must give you a lot of confidence, right?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course. I mean, I'm feeling quite good coming on court with them. I feel also physically I'm also ready to kind of hang with them more as the match goes on.
You know, why not do this thing on a regular basis, of course?
I know tomorrow is another point of view, since clay court you're playing against the greatest of all time. Of course, there's you know that feeling and anxiety that you want to come out and do the best you can. I think most of all you have to keep a good composure. Today, have a good rest of the day, come out tomorrow and do the best you can.

Q. You feel more and more able to be physically matching the top players. What do you think is the key to make the breakthrough in a tournament like this or a Grand Slam?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Obviously it's a big tournament here. It's a Masters 1000. I think your physical part has to match your mental part as well. It's a game before the game.
You have to be always ready. Doesn't matter who you come out against. But definitely when you play against these top guys, you have to come up with something extra, extra strategy, extra edge.
But I think the only way you can have that is actually playing them, hopefully pull that out when you're on court.

Q. You seem to feel good on all surfaces. Where do you rank clay?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I grew up on clay. I mean, I'm always excited when I come on clay. It's never been my favorite, but I'm playing well so far. I would rate it top three (smiling).

Q. How long have you spent in Stockholm and what have you picked up from the Swedes?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I spent five weeks in December. That was a tough five weeks for me, obviously. But I'm happy I did it. I put a lot of effort into my physical practices and of course on court, as well.
Of course, the season is long, you don't have much time to come back and actually try to practice. But every time we got a chance to come back, yeah, we do it and have some hours out there.

Q. I know Nadal on clay is sort of a different proposition to anybody on any other surface. Do you think the fact that you've experienced playing Djokovic and Murray just recently gives you a better mindset going into a match like this where you know how you are, how you've reacted to playing the better players?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, I had tough matches against those two in States. Obviously I think I learned a little something out there.
But, as I said, Rafa on clay is a total different thing. I mean, of course, all the odds are going to him at the moment. I understand that. But I think that's not going to discourage me to go out there and do my best obviously. Why not perform, know, my best tennis.
Of course, you never know.
Again, of course, I've been looking for that match. It's always good to see where you're at at the moment and what kind of game of tennis you're playing.

Q. What do you think you will have to do tomorrow to try to upset Nadal?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: First of all, I think the patience will be one of the key. Obviously you got to cut down on unforced errors. Stay in the match with him is never really the easiest part.
Also if I have I think a good preparation before the match, I have a good state of mind before that, it's going to help a lot coming out on court. Even if my game doesn't go in a good way, you're still able to be on court and do something else.
I think there's a lot of components that is going to be picked up tomorrow.

Q. BNP Paribas is a great sponsor for the tournament. People are waiting for you for autographs. You're becoming very popular. How do you deal with the fans?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: With a smile.

Q. You should get a sponsor for that.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: (Smiling).

BlueLighthouse
04-20-2013, 01:52 PM
Interview transcript after losing to Nadal

http://www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com/News/Tennis/2013/Interview-Transcripts/Grigor-Dimitrov-Friday.aspx

BlueLighthouse
04-20-2013, 05:22 PM
Lots of news about Grigor after competitive match with Nadal.

Nadal on Dimitrov: ‘He's the present and future’
Rafael Nadal says he likes the potential of 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov, whom he beat 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals. Dimitrov began the year ranked No. 48 and may crack the Top 30 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

“He's playing well,” Nadal told reporters. “He had a good chance against Djokovic in first set of Indian Wells, then good chance against Andy [Murray] in first set of Miami. I saw both matches a little bit. Now he's the present and the future. He's able to play very well, very aggressive, very good technique. He's a complete player.”



Wawrinka's presser:

Q. We had two matches, very fast, very interesting, yours and Grigor Dimitrov. What do you think about the new games coming into the tennis? What do you think about Grigor?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He's a great player. You can see that since a few years. Now I think this year he's playing much more stronger. He looks that he wants more to be there. He's putting much more pressure. He gets already some good victory. He's going to be there in the future.
So it's always nice because I like to watch him. He have a great game to watch. Very entertaining game, so it's nice for the tennis.




Match Report

Monte Carlo: Nadal d. Dimitrov
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 /BY STEVE TIGNOR

Grigor Dimitrov is not the player I would have pegged as a threat to Rafael Nadal’s eight-year winning streak in Monte Carlo. It’s true, the last time they played, in Rotterdam in 2009, the then-teenage Bulgarian had taken a set. But that was an indoor hard court, and this was outdoor clay—and not just any outdoor clay, but Nadal’s favorite outdoor clay. More important, for all of his florid skill, Dimitrov’s weakness is simple and straightforward: the high one-handed backhand. They don’t call him Baby Federer for nothing.

I thought Nadal would be able to exploit that backhand the same way he has always exploited Federer’s, and for a set he did. Nadal did more than that, in fact, moving forward quickly, roping his forehand down the line, making virtually all of his first serves, and watching as Dimitrov, who started well, began to overhit. Rafa won a routine first set, 6-2, in 31 minutes.

In the second, though, Dimitrov changed the rhythm and the momentum of the match with a play that has also worked for Federer against Nadal at times: the drop shot. Half a dozen times Dimitrov, who has terrific feel with all of his shots, pulled Rafa forward and won the cat-and-mouse scramble that ensued. Nadal, thrown off, began to struggle with his forehand; he couldn’t seem to get it past the service line in the heavy, overcast conditions, and he couldn’t take advantage of the short balls that Dimitrov gave him. As for the Bulgarian, he showed the Monte Carlo crowd what he can do, and who they might be seeing a lot more of in the future. His backhand had more depth than normal; Nadal was unable to break it down. From the forehand side Dimitrov went from sliding defense to jumping offense in the same rally. He cracked two forehands over 100 M.P.H. and broke Nadal twice to win the second set 6-2.

For much of the third, it looked as if Dimitrov would hand Rafa his first loss on this court in 10 years—that would be 2003, when Grigor was 11 years old and Federer had yet to win a major title. Dimitrov was hitting with more pace and depth, while Nadal continued to have trouble doing any damage. After one backhand return that he plopped into the net for no apparent reason, Nadal put his hands up in frustration—“What is happening here?”

Yet he never looked panicked, even as Dimitrov stayed a game ahead on serve; eight straight titles in a place will do that for you. At 4-4, Nadal finally took his chance and stepped forward, and Dimitrov finally came undone. After one point, the Bulgarian cramped; on another, he broke a string. Nadal pummeled his backhand long enough to earn the break.

With Rafa serving at 5-4, it looked all but over, but Dimitrov wasn’t quite finished. He held off cramps to save one match point with a leaping, 105 M.P.H. forehand. On the next one, though, Nadal made sure he couldn’t do it again. He hit an ace for his 45th straight win in Monte Carlo, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Nadal, despite 36 unforced errors against just 18 winners, and an eight for 20 ratio at the net—he also had his back taped—will move on to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. But this was a winning day for Grigor Dimitrov as well. He’s getting closer each month, it seems, to being all grown up.

BlueLighthouse
04-23-2013, 04:29 PM
Grigor on podcast again -- his interview only at 28-30 min. https://itunes.apple.com/th/podcast/episode-38-grigor-dimitrov/id530971441?i=152453584&l=en&mt=2

mlrf11
04-27-2013, 05:44 PM
This (http://www.tennis24.bg)is an interesting site where to read all about Grigor. Unfortunately it's in Bulgarian but with Google I translate it in Italian and I can get the idea. I have also some Bulgarian friends but I can't ask them always to translate me things. I have the FB page of the website and I learned to read Grigor Dimitrov so if I see it on the posts I click and translate the news. The FB page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tennis24bg/250708927383

Here you are 2 interesting articles.
I translated them quickly in English but I can't be accurate in the details where Bulgarian fans can Help.
The translation can be improved even between Italian and English to have the best idea but now I don't have so much time.

The 1st is this (http://www.tennis24.bg/g3h4i39j1l15287m11/%D0%A3%D1%87%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%BA%D0%B0%D 1%82%D0%B0+%D0%BD%D0%B0+%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%88%D 0%BE:+%D0%A2%D0%BE%D0%B9+%D0%B1%D0%B5+%D0%B2%D0%BF %D0%B5%D1%87%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD+%D0%BA% D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BA%D0%BE+%D0%B7%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%B5%D 0%BD+%D0%B5+%D0%A4%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D 1%80.html)


Grigor's teacher : He was impressed with how earthly Federer is

Teacher Anya Arnaudova story of "7 Days Sport" what a student was Grigor Dimitrov and how education has helped him to develop as one of the best players in the world. She recalled the first meeting of Grigor Dimitrov with his then idol Federer.

- Was an obstacle the sport over the education of Grigor?
- Grigor's father- Dimitar Gospodinov was our colleague. He lit quite a few kids in tennis. Grigor was with my daughter Yanita under individual education. They are never emphasized only the sport. Always been taught and were about right and even that was an individual plan, give them an advantage over others.

Because when a child has an individual plan, it sits with the teacher in person. You can always ask when something does not understand and be understood. Time is less, but it's of a higher quality.

And regardless of their commitments they never omitted material. That Grigor has decided to engage in professional tennis, does not mean that the doctrine was abandoned. My daughter also, she's a sports scholarship in the United States. I'm sure he even had not evolved much in the sport, I would study and finish and higher education.

- What is the recipe for success?
- Tennis is a sport that requires a lot of resources. Ospodinov was lucky Grigor send in different schools around the world. He was in Spain, it was in America. Father Grigor as a professional knew exactly what is needed to be done to reach the top.

It is not enough just to have money and need to know how to invest it. Because in Bulgaria there are people with lots of money trying to invest in their children, but can not achieve success. A Grigor still has and talented.

Grigor is proof that in a very expensive sport such as tennis, you can break a Bulgarian who did not the richest, but it is a huge talent and listened to the right advice.

- What student was Grigor Dimitrov?
- My opinion as a teacher of athletes of coaching is that if the child is good in sports, it can not be a weak student. You can not give everything in education, but always wants the most out of yourself in everything you tackle. That is, he said, I will be number one and will be number one everywhere.

All champions are perfectionist - Grigor never behind. He could not afford to spend 4 or 5. He always fights for excellent and on the court and in school. Finish with a very high success rate.

- How do you success Grigor?
- We are proud of our children, whether it's for Grigor or not. Any child to achieve some successes, these successes are ours. Sport is not just muscles. There is no way to the top, especially if you're not smart and educated.

- What you are missing is a child?
- He was injured in only one thing. On it he lacked student life. To squabbling in the hallway to hang with someone to raise a hand when you want to say something. These things he missed them. And it's so devoted to the sport, he did not have time for something sideways.

- You know you can not share anything about your life outside of class?
- I remember how impressed Federer was. A tournament Federer unwittingly bumped into him. And Grigor says: "Madam, you do not know how this man began to apologize."

It was for him an idol. Grigor could not believe how Federer was on top, and has remained simple, down to earth. And maybe this story to some extent is influenced to strive and make this one.

- Where are the other set of '91?
- There are many talented kids that go very well, but at some point begin to rely only on talent and turning away from training. And when they grow up and face real competition, it appears that they lack the necessary discipline and fall.

and the other one is this (http://www.tennis24.bg/g3h4i39j1l15286m11/%D0%A5%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE+%D0%B6% D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%B5+%D1%81+%D0%93%D1%80%D0%B8% D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80+%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D 1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2.html)

Haskovo lives with Grigor Dimitrov


Grigor Dimitrov is currently the 28th best tennis player. This shows the world rankings. To his native city of Haskovo, he has long been more than just a good tennis player. Praise him all - teachers, students, friends. Everyone in the sports school "Stefan Karadza" can say something about it.

The walls in the hallways photo Grigor Dimitrov stand to world and European champions. And he is only 21.

Although tennis is considered an aristocratic sport, Dimitrov did not grow up in a wealthy family. Over the years his father Dimitar Gospodinov mother Mary, now a teacher of physical education, deprivation do that Grigor began to justify.

Sending almost every tournament away from Bulgaria is related to the demand for money, and at one point his father decided it was better to sell the car in the name of the small Grigor then go up. The first steps of Grigor in tennis it makes to 5 years old when his family ordered special miniraketa and Dimitrov started playing in the drab room "Spartacus." Right on the boards in a dark room begins to forge talent Grigor.

Just a few years later in Haskovo life almost stops when Dimitrov out on court against Rafael Nadal. In sports school "Stefan Karadza" teachers try to continue the learning process, but many students run from an hour to see their idol.

"When he plays, the school becomes a hive full of bees. GTC hours not gone. Happens sometimes a big fan of tennis random thing to hurt him during a match Grigor, then suddenly feel better to return to the time.

"I'm even sure if I called the head of the Inspectorate may be allowed to see a game of Grigor during classes. If you need a full day to give us when Grigor reach the final of a major tournament, will gave it to us, then the material will be reduced, "- explains with a smile, the school Gentcho Genev.

Although refusing to favor the local hero, the director turns his cabinet fan club Grigor. On the wall is a calendar table poster is still waiting to be signed.

In fact, Grigor does not linger much in school. The start of the serious tennis it mean the end of normal childhood. Commitments on the court make him break with the mainstream after the fifth grade. Since then he has exams and study an individual program. She completed her education with a maturity in 2010

What exactly is the impact of the success of Grigor of young people in the city, of course only one walk in Haskovo. Whether it was the beautiful weather, or because of other children across the city hold a tennis racket and go to the courts.

Badminton hall is old, porazbita but full of kids. Whether Grigor will be № 1 in the world, only time will tell. Outside sport, he achieved many 21, Haskovo Because currently lives with Grigor Dimitrov.

George Harizanov and Todor Hristov "7 Days Sport"

Cecig
05-06-2013, 05:43 PM
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/05/brilliance-and-buffoonery/47330/#.UYfqkqKoiSp

Hypnotize
05-07-2013, 10:15 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/22443925

Novak Djokovic beaten by Grigor Dimitrov at Madrid Open

World number one Novak Djokovic fell to a shock defeat by Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid Open.

The world number 28 had not won a set against Djokovic in two previous meetings but was in inspired form to win 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (8-10) 6-3.

The Bulgarian, 21, saved set point at 5-4 down in the first and another in the tie-break before winning the set.

Djokovic won a second-set tie-break but Dimitrov showed incredible courage to secure the biggest win of his career.

Serbian Djokovic, who won his third title of the year at last month's Monte Carlo Masters, received treatment on an injured ankle midway through the second.

Dimitrov, who beat Javier Marti in the first round, had an injury break of his own and looked physically drained after the second set.

But, with the Spanish crowd chanting his name, he drew on his reserves of energy to break Djokovic in the opening game of the third set and hold on to win the match.

Gliese581
05-08-2013, 12:53 AM
Okay so I have heard the rumours and I know that people like to joke about it but has there been any confirmation that he and Maria are dating?

riff
05-08-2013, 05:43 AM
Okay so I have heard the rumours and I know that people like to joke about it but has there been any confirmation that he and Maria are dating?

no confirmation, and may be just much ado about nothing, or publicity noise

Hypnotize
05-08-2013, 06:19 AM
Okay so I have heard the rumours and I know that people like to joke about it but has there been any confirmation that he and Maria are dating?
During last night's match, the commentator Miles Maclagan said they were definitely dating at Indian Wells and he hadn't heard about them breaking up since. I don't know if he saw them together or if he just thought that because of the rumour but he sounded quite definite.

Hypnotize
05-08-2013, 09:11 AM
Good, balanced article on last night's match.

http://tennis.si.com/2013/05/07/three-thoughts-on-grigor-dimitrovs-upset-over-no-1-novak-djokovic/

Grigor Dimitrov stunned top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 ( 6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 on Tuesday in the second round of the Madrid Open. It was a dramatic three-hour, five-minute match that featured a hostile crowd, injury woes and cramping that looked like it might derail Dimitrov’s upset bid.

Three thoughts on the young Bulgarian’s breakthrough win in the ATP Tour’s longest three-setter of the year.

1. It’s been a long time coming. The debate surrounding Dimitrov over the years was whether he had substance to back up his style. It feels like we’ve been waiting for the 21-year-old to make his mark on tour ever since he won the junior titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2008. But this is really the first year that Dimitrov has showed that he might just live up to all of the hype that came with being given (or cursed with) the “Baby Federer” nickname.

His results have improved after leaving the Mouratoglou Academy for Sweden’s Good to Great Academy in December. He made his first ATP final in January, losing to Andy Murray in two tight sets at the Brisbane International. He also served for the first set against Djokovic at the BNP Paribas Open and against Murray at the Sony Open only to throw in multiple double faults and fail to convert. Then in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago he took a set off Rafael Nadal — Rafael Nadal! In Monte Carlo! — before losing in the quarterfinals.

Ranking the top ATP players under 23 years old

So the stage was set for Dimitrov to at least challenge Djokovic, who was playing his first match since beating Nadal in the Monte Carlo final 16 days ago. At first, it looked like a redux of their Indian Wells showdown, with Dimitrov once again serving for the first set only to be broken with relative ease. Djokovic was poised to run away with the tiebreaker after building a 4-1 lead, but Dimitrov stormed back with some clutch serving and benefited from a few loose errors from Djokovic to save two set points and win the breaker 8-6.

Things got dramatic in the second set. Down 2-4 but with a chance to break, Djokovic rolled his right ankle (the same ankle he injured last month in a Davis Cup tie against the United States) and looked to be in severe pain before taking a medical timeout to get it re-taped. He was able to secure the break when play resumed, and then it was Dimitrov’s turn to feel the physical toll of the match. His fitness has been a question mark throughout his career and sure enough he began to cramp late in the second set. After Dimitrov lost the second-set tiebreaker 10-8, the conventional wisdom was that he was done and dusted. He’s never shown the physical and mental resiliency to pull off a three-set win like this.

But Djokovic came out flat in the third and Dimitrov took advantage immediately by breaking the Serb in the first game. Dimitrov went on to hold serve throughout the set and then broke Djokovic again to complete the biggest win of his career. In tears after the match, Dimitrov wrote, “I love you dad” on the camera and soaked in the crowd’s adulation. In a week in which 22-year-old Milos Raonic was upset in his opening second-round match and 20-year-old Bernard Tomic was embroiled in some unfortunate controversy, it was good to see a youngster step up with a big performance.

2. Don’t read too much into Djokovic’s performance. His inability to shut the door on a limping Dimitrov to start the third set was a shocker, but Djokovic says he didn’t touch a racket for 12 days after the Monte Carlo in order to rest and heal his ankle. He also had to use an inordinate amount of energy to deal with the hostile Madrid crowd, which clearly took delight in his mistakes from the beginning. Yes, Djokovic yelled a Serbian expletive its way after he won the second-set tiebreaker after being whistled at following his ankle injury, with the fans possibly believing it was an act of gamesmanship. Then they booed him off the court after the loss.

“[Djokjovic] not talking much about the crowd, just said he doesn’t understand why they were so hostile,” one reporter tweeted after the match.

Given his lack of preparation and the unique conditions in Madrid — a newly laid court and the altitude — it’s hard to read into this result in any meaningful way. This is not the Djokovic we will see in Rome or Paris.

“Very happy for young Dimitrov, such a charismatic player to watch!” ATP commentator Rob Koenig tweeted. “But in all honesty, Djokovic was at 65% this evening.”

3. Let’s hold off on the ticker-tape parade for Grigor: This was a big win for Dimitrov — he becomes the first of the 22-and-under group to beat the original Big Three of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer — but it was just one win. It’s still alarming that he’s cramping in the second set of a match and this isn’t the first time this has happened. He cramped against Nadal in Monte Carlo and against Richard Gasquet last year at Roland Garros. He needs to get physically stronger if he’s going to compete at the Slams and have deep runs at ATP events. But the best thing about Tuesday’s win is that Dimitrov showed everyone, including himself, that he can gut out a victory when he’s physically compromised. This was as much a psychological win as a physical one.

Dimitrov will get a well-deserved day of rest Wednesday (though he’s scheduled for doubles) and take on either Stanislas Wawrinka or Santiago Giraldo on Thursday.

Hypnotize
05-08-2013, 03:58 PM
Good interview

G. DIMITROV/N. Djokovic
7‑6, 6‑7, 6‑3


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You had an experience against Novak earlier in the year when you had the game with the double faults at Indian Wells. How did you learn from that experience?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I still had couple of double faults today. Yeah, I mean, what can I say? I've learned a little bit from that match out there, definitely.
It was a great experience for me today. Obviously I played him couple of times before, so I kind of wanted to do something else and try some new stuff on court, and that was it.

Q. You have been kind of waiting for this moment for quite sometime. What was the emotion like at the end of the match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, of course it's always great to win a match like that. Of course he's the No. 1. Of course it's a great feeling.
But it's just the beginning of the tournament. It was just second round if you think about it, so just got to get ready for the next matches and make sure that you can do that again. (Smiling.)

Q. Do you see this success as a confirmation of your talent, since many people said during various years that you are the great promise of tennis?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: First of all, I think that talent doesn't really win matches its. It helps you win matches, but doesn't win the match itself.
Of course this has been what I've been working for, to play matches like that, and why not win them?
Today was one of these days that I felt good on court. I felt I had enough hours of practice in the weeks before. I felt that I could actually hang with Novak the whole match.
That's the whole purpose of getting ready for big events, I mean, and eventually for big matches.

Q. Take us back to the end of the second set, the beginning of the third. Obviously seemed to us that you were having trouble moving around and you started the third set so confidently. What did you say to yourself at the end of second to get yourself in the frame of mind for the third? I mean, he played well I think in the ‑‑ I thought the tiebreak was pretty intense obviously.
He stepped up on a few shots. I mean, he's Novak. In the end of the day, you can expect anything from him. He played a great tiebreak, so I couldn't ‑‑ I mean, I couldn't do much. Obviously I was struggling a bit with crampings here and there.
Of course I tried to stay really positive. I believed in myself. I think that was the big sparkle coming into the third set.
Well, I had an early break, so I was just trying to hang out there and keep it.

Q. Do you think the altitude in Madrid could benefit you somehow, or it was just a good day for you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, of course. I mean, yeah, 600 meters is great. Ball bounces higher. I think definitely helps serving better. I mean, you can definitely use your serve a bit more obviously.
I mean, plus the courts are really good. It's my first time playing this tournament, so I mean, so far so good. Okay, of course there are bad bounces here and there, but what else can you do?

Q. I saw you in here four years ago in an ITF tournament in Alcorcon. Does that feel like a million years ago?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Now that you sayit. No, no, yeah, I remember that. What did I do?

Q. You won.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Really?

Q. Yeah. I congratulated you.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Oh, I'm sorry.

Q. You were rushing off and couldn't wait for the prize. You had to go somewhere else.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Hard court?

Q. Yeah.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Wow.

Q. You played well.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Thank you.

Q. Does it seem a long time ago?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It feels like it, yeah, definitely. I mean, I've lived in Spain I think three, four years ago. I was in Barcelona for a while. I been playing a lot of tournaments around here.
I mean, Madrid, I been playing Barcelona, all over the place. I been traveling a lot in Spain. So it's kind of where I learned to play a bit better on clay.

Q. I thought it was quite interesting how having started sort of evenly between the two, the crowd definitely got behind you and started cheering in a way that was quite thrilling to listen to. What was it like for you under pressure?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: That's pretty good question. (Smiling.) Well, I seriously didn't expect that. That was the one thing that of course cheered me up a lot.
It was definitely new experience for me, because usually you get that sort of a crowd when you're playing Davis Cup or something like that.
But I guess tonight was also one of these nights that kind of things are going your way and they're there with you.
I mean, of course I believe that some of them really wanted to see something else as well. You know, the whole fight in general, the three sets, I mean, it was a lot of fun, a lot entertainment for everyone.
Okay, it was pretty tiring for us, the players, but, yeah, I think you just got to accept it and play with it. I mean, still, this is not the biggest stadium. Picture playing some of the slams or something that's even bigger.
So I think if you try to understand the whole perception of going on court and having the people around and everything and deal with the pressure I think it's going to be easier in the long‑term.

Q. Sometime in the second set you started shouting to your camp about food. What happened there?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I got food. I got food, yeah, so that kept me going a little bit.

Q. Can we say in a way that you are born a second time tonight because of the impact of this victory?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I am born a second time? Did I hear that right?
THE MODERATOR: Yeah.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: If I feel reborn? (Laughter.)
THE MODERATOR: Do you feel relieved after this victory?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, but not too relieved. It's just the second round. I mean, definitely, as I say, I'm going to stay for a while, I think.
It's just a great win. It's a great win for me. Good day at the office. Yeah, I mean, of course. I know it's a big thing, of course.
But you got to stay on the ground. Hopefully you're going to face these guys for another years. It's just a match. You never know how it's going to be next time.

Q. Just a match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Just a match.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about all work you made with your Swedish team? What was the yesterday? What do you expect with Magnus?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, we have been actually together now for around seven months. I think we started pretty good last year in December. I spent five weeks in Stockholm working really hard.
The whole purpose was that I'm going to get better wheels on the court and try to use my game in a better way.
I mean, I think the most important thing, which we're doing very good, is every day we try to work as, you know, like there is no match.
So that's what I said. I've been practicing every day really hard. Doesn't matter if I'm going to have a match or not. That's maybe one of the causes for cramping a little bit.
In general though, the whole point is that we have to work hard to get to a certain level, and then after that every next step would be a different thing for you.
You really got to focus on what you have now and how can you make it better. That's why I think tonight was one of those nights that all of the work, all the pieces came together.
I'm saying it was just a match. Yeah, that happened. You never know how it's going to happen the next day or day of after or next match.
You got to be ready and try to work at it every day and see it as just another test to do and something exciting to look forward. You never know next time you're going to play any of the other big guys.
So that's the whole point and the purpose of it. Let's not forget most of all you got to have fun going out there.

Q. This is not the first time we saw you cramping. Roland Garros last year...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, that was beautiful.

Q. Is it stress? Is it a physical problem?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Today I was better. I was not crawling. I mean, let's face it, it's getting better.
I don't know. I must say I feel quite good. I was just talking to my team and I said, I feel good. It's just a few muscles here and there not functioning the right way. Got to find a solution.
Stress, I don't know if it's stress. I don't believe in that too much. Maybe. Maybe. Could be.

Ziros
05-09-2013, 03:23 AM
BOOM:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/3a4b14b1122a38b3b8f792e6ec5a7ec4/tumblr_mmia8yGBSl1qco56ho1_1280.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/27e4e58e8fcf06dd8965c6bf49e222ec/tumblr_mmia8yGBSl1qco56ho2_1280.jpg
Grigor has won the prize of all prizes. Maria has it all,even if you're not a fan of Maria's often praised looks or tennis game,she's still got to be worth upwards of $100 million - a great catch even if she looked like the back end of a bus. Grigor better make sure he doesn't f**k this up,opportunities like this only come once in a lifetime

BlueLighthouse
05-09-2013, 04:16 AM
I disagree about Grigor winning prize. Grigor is a rising star, he could be bigger than Maria in a few years.
Anyway, I don't think that's why they're dating ($$$) they both have or will have more than enough $$$ and fame. They can date anybody.

FedererBulgaria
05-09-2013, 06:01 AM
BOOM:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/3a4b14b1122a38b3b8f792e6ec5a7ec4/tumblr_mmia8yGBSl1qco56ho1_1280.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/27e4e58e8fcf06dd8965c6bf49e222ec/tumblr_mmia8yGBSl1qco56ho2_1280.jpg
Grigor has won the prize of all prizes. Maria has it all,even if you're not a fan of Maria's often praised looks or tennis game,she's still got to be worth upwards of $100 million - a great catch even if she looked like the back end of a bus. Grigor better make sure he doesn't f**k this up,opportunities like this only come once in a lifetime

loveeeeeee it

nadejda
05-09-2013, 06:31 AM
Papa Grigor tallks about his son :)

http://translate.google.bg/translate?sl=bg&tl=en&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http://tenniskafe.com/%D0%B1%D0%B3-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81/%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2/item/4960-%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%8A%D1%80-%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BD%D 0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80-%D1%81%D1%82%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%88%D0%BD%D0%BE-%D0%BC%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%88%D0%B5-%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B0

riff
05-09-2013, 06:32 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2321713/Maria-Sharapova-embraces-rising-tennis-star-Grigor-Dimitrov-celebrate-biggest-win-yet.html
i admit i doubted the rumors

Hypnotize
05-09-2013, 06:42 AM
They make a cute couple and seem very affectionate towards each other. I also think they will be good for each other in terms of their tennis. :yeah:

I knew this was for real when he said in the interview that his girlfriend given him some good advice before the match. That had to be Maria he was talking about, especially after the commentator had said they were definitely a couple in Indian Wells.

His marketability has just gone through the roof. It's no bad thing if everyone is talking about what you did on the court and off the court as long as it is all positive.

riff
05-09-2013, 07:13 AM
They make a cute couple and seem very affectionate towards each other. I also think they will be good for each other in terms of their tennis. :yeah:

I knew this was for real when he said in the interview that his girlfriend given him some good advice before the match. That had to be Maria he was talking about, especially after the commentator had said they were definitely a couple in Indian Wells.

His marketability has just gone through the roof. It's no bad thing if everyone is talking about what you did on the court and off the court as long as it is all positive.

no need to worry about sponsors, he will be fine
he only has his tennis to think about now

BlueLighthouse
05-09-2013, 07:48 AM
Grigor is a sponsor-darling with or without Maria. http://wilsontennis.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/its-all-about-heart/

His agent also tries to protect/keep him from too much publicity which is nice. These things can distract young players.

riff
05-09-2013, 08:59 AM
Nike should be glad

Hypnotize
05-09-2013, 09:27 AM
no need to worry about sponsors, he will be fine
he only has his tennis to think about now
I'm not saying he ever had any problem getting sponsors, it's just he's in line to pull in bigger ones now. Sponsors love players that make positive headlines on & off the court. ;)

Hypnotize
05-10-2013, 03:19 PM
Grigor makes statement about Sharapova and Wawrinka's behaviour + video.

http://www.tennis24.bg/g3h4i39j1l15469m11/%D0%A1%D0%90%D0%9C%D0%9E+%D0%92+TENNIS24+BG:+%D0%9 3%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80+%D0%B7%D0%B0+%D0%B 2%D1%80%D1%8A%D0%B7%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0+%D1%81 +%D0%A8%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0+ %28+%D0%92%D0%98%D0%94%D0%95%D0%9E%29.html

Translated from Bulgarian although I'm really clear what he is saying. What does he mean by, "Bulgarians also said he did not remain satisfied with the claims of Stanislas Wawrinka at the referee during the match between the two in Madrid. Grisham declined to go into details of the case, which described as unpleasant....Frankly his behavior, I noticed that not affect me, but it was not fair. The judge said nothing. I do not know what it is told, it makes no sense now to speak these things, "said Dimitrov regarding claims Wawrinka during the fight."? Was he unhappy with the way Wawrinka behaved when he was shouting? :confused:

Maybe one of the Bulgarians can translate it better.

Grigor Dimitrov gave his first public statement about her relationship with Maria Sharapova . Haskovo done this before correspondent in Madrid Tennis24.bg Goldie Zamova . Grisham said that he and Maria Sharapova help each other as you give advice on their performance on the court. "We enjoy each other, that's all help each other with advice!" said Dimitrov before Tennis24.bg. Bulgarians also said he did not remain satisfied with the claims of Stanislas Wawrinka at the referee during the match between the two in Madrid. Grisham declined to go into details of the case, which described as unpleasant. "After the match I was tired physically. At the end of the first set I started to feel pain. I was not feeling well during the entire match. Meanwhile, Stan played a good game. Frankly his behavior, I noticed that not affect me, but it was not fair. The judge said nothing. I do not know what it is told, it makes no sense now to speak these things, "said Dimitrov regarding claims Wawrinka during the fight.

nadejda
05-10-2013, 04:13 PM
just watched the video, he wasn't all that upset with Wawa's arguing, rather the reporter put these words in his mount. He said it was odd Wawa arguing with the umpire and not getting any warning, a bit unfair. He said it wasn't distracting him all that much and it makes no sense anyway to speak about it now.

As for Maria when she asked him: people saw you with Maria, there are pictures on the net, and he only ...Mmmm :lol:
Was a bit reluctant to answear, she was giving him some words which he only said oh yeah, thinks like that...

PS: Grigor's Bulgarian :help: :tape: :lol:

Hypnotize
05-10-2013, 04:30 PM
just watched the video, he wasn't all that upset with Wawa's arguing, rather the reporter put these words in his mount. He said it was odd Wawa arguing with the umpire and not getting any warning, a bit unfair. He said it wasn't distracting him all that much and it makes no sense anyway to speak about it now.

As for Maria when she asked him: people saw you with Maria, there are pictures on the net, and he only ...Mmmm :lol:
Was a bit reluctant to answear, she was giving him some words which he only said oh yeah, thinks like that...

PS: Grigor's Bulgarian :help: :tape: :lol:

Thanks nadejda. Your translation makes a lot more sense. :yeah:

MichaelKrep
05-10-2013, 06:03 PM
You can tell he's not used to giving interviews in Bulgarian, he was a bit taken aback.

Spirographus
05-10-2013, 06:43 PM
You can tell he's not used to giving interviews in Bulgarian, he was a bit taken aback.

+1 I concur!

Hypnotize
05-10-2013, 07:04 PM
You can tell he's not used to giving interviews in Bulgarian, he was a bit taken aback.
Which is funny when you think about it. :lol:

As a native English speaker, I have to say Grigor's English is excellent. Unlike many of the other players who stop & start a lot when they are speaking in English, Grigor is extremely fluent and has a very good vocabulary.

Spirographus
05-10-2013, 09:18 PM
Which is funny when you think about it. :lol:

As a native English speaker, I have to say Grigor's English is excellent. Unlike many of the other players who stop & start a lot when they are speaking in English, Grigor is extremely fluent and has a very good vocabulary.

Grigor's defining years were abroad (I think 14+), which explains the fluent English. Additionally, now on the tour he probably speaks English all the time, save for a few Skype conversations with his family/friends - he has no permanent compatriot arond him. He even has a slight accent when speaking Bulgarian...

What I don't like is his repetitive (we call them "parasitic" in Bulgarian) phrases like "I mean" when he gives interviews. He should pay attention and avoid these in the future. But this has nothing to do with language and everything to do with the way his brain works...

Hypnotize
05-14-2013, 10:00 AM
Good article on Grigor

http://www.thenational.ae/sport/tennis/bulgarian-grigor-dimitrov-is-emerging-from-shadow-of-baby-federer-moniker

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is emerging from shadow of 'Baby Federer' moniker


Last week, Grigor Dimitrov was the talk of the tennis world.

On Tuesday, the Bulgarian battled cramps in the ATP Tour's longest three-setter of the year to stun world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open.

It was the 21 year old's first win over a top-five player and Bulgaria celebrated the occasion, with one of the newspapers in the country claiming that Bulgaria had found a "new hero after Hristo Stoichkov", a former football superstar.

"Grigor made us proud to be Bulgarians," said Stefan Tsvetkov, president of Bulgaria's tennis federation. "It's an incredible win and it can only be compared with the victories of our national [football] team in 1994."

"Very happy for young Dimitrov, such a charismatic player to watch!" tweeted Rob Koenig, an ATP commentator.

A day after his win, Dimitrov was the talk of the tabloid world after his romance with women's world No 2 Maria Sharapova became official.

That love angle is certain to bring a lot more attention to the world No 26, but he is probably used to the limelight after earning the tag of "Baby Federer" following his triumph at the 2008 Wimbledon and US Open as a junior.

The game's connoisseurs have been waiting for his success on the men's tour since, and this could be the year that Dimitrov steps up.

Leaving the Mouratoglou Academy in France for Magnus Norman's Good to Great Academy in December, Dimitrov reached the final in his first tournament of 2013 before losing to Andy Murray in Brisbane.

He did not perform to expectations at Sydney, the Australian Open and Zagreb, but has picked up his game since and stretched Rafael Nadal to three sets in the quarter-finals at Monaco last month.

"I had kind of rough matches in the past weeks, so it gave me, of course, a lot of confidence, even though I lost them," Dimitrov told CNN's Open Court television show earlier this month.

"I felt quite good about myself and the way I was progressing."

In the same interview, Dimitrov also urged people to stop comparing him with the Swiss 17-time grand slam winner.

"Of course we have some similarities here and there," he said.

"I'm flattered with that and actually, I thought it was really cool at the beginning. But with time, I've realised what I am.

"I'm trying to build up my own style and when I'm on court, I do my own shots. I think that's eventually what everyone will see."

Hypnotize
05-14-2013, 10:06 AM
SI Mid-term grades. Grigor gets an A+

http://tennis.si.com/2013/05/13/madrid-open-grades-serena-williams-rafael-nadal-roger-federer/


Everyone who wants to get out of Roger Federer’s shadow: A-plus.

Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov, aka “Baby Fed,” upset No. 1 Djokovic 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 in the second round. Dimitrov’s breakthrough performance was the match of the week and one I’ll remember simply because the 21-year-old prodigy won by overcoming all of his weaknesses. He didn’t succumb to cramps or get tentative in crucial moments. After watching him double-fault away opportunities against Djokovic and Andy Murray in Indian Wells and Miami, respectively, it was good to see Dimitrov step up and play a thoroughly professional match.

Also, he got to make out with Sharapova. So that seems like a good week for the guy.

Hypnotize
05-15-2013, 07:02 AM
Another good article on Grigor. I really like the last paragraph. :yeah:

http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/207122.html#


'Baby Fed' making a name for himself

The Next Big Thing: no other sporting accolade is as much a blessing as a curse. What starts out as the greatest compliment quickly becomes an even greater burden - a standard it is possible only to meet, and never quickly enough. For Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian world No. 26, it is a tag that has trailed him since he was 16 years old.

Ever since Dimitrov won junior singles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2008, he has been tipped for the very top. His coach Peter Lundgren declared that "he is better than Roger Federer was at his age" - and having worked with the 17-time grand slam champion early in his career, his 'Baby Fed' endorsement stuck fast.

Such notoriety does have its perks - a wildcard at Queen's in 2009 saw him reach the second round before bowing out to Gilles Simon. His entry into the Wimbledon main draw that year (awarded for his 2008 junior triumph) was curtailed in the second round by a knee injury. But imagine trying to live up to that mantle? The constant monitoring of your career trajectory, the added criticism, the glare of the spotlight before the plaudits have been earned in the traditional way, with victories and titles. You can't blame him for wanting to downplay the idea of being Federer's heir apparent.

"You know, all the comparisons, I definitely want people to stop with that," he told CNN in early May. "Of course we have some similarities here and there. I'm flattered with that and actually, I thought it was really cool at the beginning.

"But with time, I've realised what I am. It's something that is definitely not what the other person is, so I'm trying to build up my own style and when I'm on court, I do my own shots. I think that's eventually what everyone will see."

"I'm flattered and actually I thought it was really cool at the beginning - but with time I've realised what I am"
Grigor Dimitrov

That said, can he blame us? Watch Dimitrov play a set and the similarities with the most decorated grand slam champion in the men's game are hard to ignore: the balletic movement across the court, the devastation he is capable of with that forehand and a backhand that is all but a facsimile of Federer's, the elegant anachronism that has been as much a statement stroke for the Swiss as his undoing over the years, particularly on clay. Their serves may look markedly different - and you've never seen Roger try this - but Dimitrov's ability to conjure the odd moment of magic do little to distance him from the man many regard as the greatest player to pick up a racket.

Results, however, will - and as Federer would tell Dimitrov, there's no better way to make a name for yourself than to beat the very best. In 2001 the Swiss beat defending champion Pete Sampras at Wimbledon, a result that left him in tears on Centre Court. Just last week Dimitrov cried after toppling world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the Mutua Madrid Open (so much for doing away with the Federer parallels), a result that led to an outpouring of hero worship from his countrymen and comparisons with Bulgaria's greatest sporting legend of modern times, Hristo Stoichkov, winner of the Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup.

"Grigor made us proud to be Bulgarians," said Stefan Tsvetkov, president of the Bulgarian tennis federation. "It's an incredible win and it can only be compared with the victories of our national team in 1994."

Now for some perspective. For all his heroics against Djokovic in the second round in Madrid, Dimitrov went out in the next round, losing to beaten finalist Stanislas Wawrinka. Two weeks earlier he had given Rafael Nadal a scare before going down in three sets in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, a performance he followed with a first-round exit at hands of Tommy Robredo at the Barcelona Open. He does not yet have a title to his name and has reached just one ATP Tour final, losing to Andy Murray in Brisbane at the start of the season. Winning matches is only half the battle for any tennis player; winning consistently is what sets the best apart.

Perhaps of greater concern is the cramping that he battled against both Nadal and Djokovic. Dimitrov is 21 and, unlike Murray and Djokovic at a similar age, his physique has already filled out. Like the world No. 1 and No. 3 the onus is now on him to ally his game with fitness levels that will see him go the distance - and not only over three sets, but five. At the same age that Federer won his first Wimbledon title (sorry, Grigor), he is yet to go beyond the second round of a grand slam.

But the tennis landscape has changed in the decade since Fed's 2003 triumph. Dimitrov is the youngest player in the world's top 50, one of just three players under the age of 23. It is harder than at any other time in the sport's history for youngsters to break into the upper reaches of the men's game, and those that do have a tendency to stick around. At 21, time is on Dimitrov's side, and with his clay court performances this season there's no doubt that he is capable of reaching the second week at Roland Garros this year.
Richard Gasquet's experience in the spotlight from a young age should serve as a cautionary tale for Grigor

Can Dimitrov take the next step and cement a spot in the world's top 20? That ought to be the minimum he expects of himself in 2013. In Rome on Tuesday he faces Richard Gasquet, a man whose career path ought to serve as a cautionary tale for the young Bulgarian. He too was destined for greatness - the champion a nation has been waiting for. He excelled in the juniors and at the age of 15 became the second-youngest player to play at the French Open. In 2003, when he was still just 16, a French Tennis Federation official skipped Federer and simply twinned him with Mozart.

When Gasquet hadn't swept all-comers by the age of 18, however, the tide of public support turned on him. There were titles - on every surface by the time he was 21 - but not enough to silence his critics. He was injury-prone, weak-willed and a quitter in their eyes - one pundit even compared him to a microwave, such was his habit of suddenly going cold after a hot streak. Gasquet is an established top-10 player with nine titles to his name, but - deserved or not - for some he will always be the personification of unfulfilled promise.

Great talents, Carl Jung wrote, are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity; they hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. Grigor Dimitrov is such a talent - a player who can produce the impossible with a racket in his hand. He is not the next Roger Federer, any more than he is the next Richard Gasquet, Andy Murray or any other player you care to mention. He is, however, one of the most captivating players in the game right now, a bundle of ambition, invention and potential. He's got a shot at reaching the top. Just don't call him baby.

Etcetera
05-15-2013, 03:10 PM
http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/207122.html#
''At the same age that Federer won his first Wimbledon title (sorry, Grigor), he is yet to go beyond the second round of a grand slam''

This is not true. Federer was a month away from turning 23 when he won his first Grand Slam(Wimbledon). So Grisho has 11 months left if we are to compare them. Of course, Federer won his first Masters series at 21 and was going far in GS and MS and won other ATP tournaments.

I think next 12 months will be very telling whether he is a ''Gasquet'' or a big champion like Federer.If he is like the latter, he needs to make the top 10 by the end of the year and reach at least a quarter final in a GS(Wimbledon or US Open).Every great player has won something big by the age of 23 (I am not saying he must win a GS title but at least a MS). Now is his time to shine. Go Grisho !

riff
05-15-2013, 06:25 PM
This is not true. Federer was a month away from turning 23 when he won his first Grand Slam(Wimbledon). So Grisho has 11 months left if we are to compare them. Of course, Federer won his first Masters series at 21 and was going far in GS and MS and won other ATP tournaments.

I think next 12 months will be very telling whether he is a ''Gasquet'' or a big champion like Federer.If he is like the latter, he needs to make the top 10 by the end of the year and reach at least a quarter final in a GS(Wimbledon or US Open).Every great player has won something big by the age of 23 (I am not saying he must win a GS title but at least a MS). Now is his time to shine. Go Grisho !

things still have to change for this to happen

xavihernandez
05-15-2013, 07:23 PM
no federer was a month away from turning 22...
he is born 81 and won wimbledon 2003

Etcetera
05-15-2013, 09:35 PM
no federer was a month away from turning 22...
he is born 81 and won wimbledon 2003

Indeed you are right. I dont know why I got confused. So he is behind schedule big time compared to all the greats. Anyway, with the talent he's got, he has to go deep in GS regularly and hopefully win a few.

Cecig
05-16-2013, 02:10 AM
Mouratoglou post this on Twitter:

http://www.bfmtv.com/sport/mouratoglou-dimitrov-me-fait-vibrer-512638.html

Emiliq
05-16-2013, 08:52 AM
WOW GRIGOR,JUST WOW http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/05/20/Mens-Journal-Hit-Squad-Dimitrov-Raonic.aspx

Hypnotize
05-16-2013, 11:04 AM
WOW GRIGOR,JUST WOW http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/05/20/Mens-Journal-Hit-Squad-Dimitrov-Raonic.aspx
It's good that they are promoting the young players like this. Grigor's photo is easily the best out of all of them.

Amazing photo by Theo Wenner. :worship:

Cecig
05-25-2013, 02:11 AM
New Article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/10079796/French-Open-2013-Grigor-Dimitrov-determined-to-become-more-than-just-Maria-Sharapovas-man.html

Cecig
05-29-2013, 03:20 AM
Dimitrov has been a focus of the paparazzi lately. When asked what he thought about them, the good-natured Bulgarian responded with a laugh, “Well, they've got to live, right? It is what it is. It will happen, so gotta be ready. Next time I'll wave maybe.”

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/05/22/Roland-Garros-Tuesday-Diary-Djokovic-Sock-Kyrgios.aspx

Cecig
05-30-2013, 07:45 PM
How would you rank in the sexiest tennis player contest?

Dimitrov:" Why are you asking me?How can I put myself out of the top 3 then?" jajaja

Hypnotize
05-30-2013, 07:58 PM
Dimitrov:" Why are you asking me?How can I put myself out of the top 3 then?" jajaja
Great response but where is this quote from? :lol:

Cecig
05-31-2013, 02:21 AM
The last part:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/05/22/Roland-Garros-Thursday-Diary-Federer-Djokovic-Dimitrov.aspx

tennishawkeye
05-31-2013, 03:29 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/22704952

Not a big article but it is good to see much more interest in him these days. Seems like more and more people are believing he could really challenge the top 4. He certainly has the talent.

Cecig
05-31-2013, 05:17 PM
Press conference:

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?

Q. Yourself.

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.)

Hypnotize
06-02-2013, 01:06 PM
Interview after the Novak match

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2013-06-02/201306021370163752661.html

Q. Didn't feel like maybe you had your best rhythm today? Was it down to the pressure he put on you, or was it more yourself?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: First of all, I'm going to congratulate Novak for the great play today. Obviously he came like a champion and finished like a champion. What can I say? Of course I'm not satisfied with my game. I mean, I'm not gonna hide that, obviously. Tough going out on this, on such a court for first time. You know, didn't quite find a rhythm. But, you know, no excuses. Good tournament for me in general. Of course I would have loved things to have been a different way a little bit. Now the clay is over, looking forward for the grass and hopefully many more excitements to come and many more matches like that.

Q. There was a lot of expectation on this match, people calling it blockbuster of the day. Do you feel it's still a learning process for you to come on to these big matches, big stages, and still not feeling very comfortable?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think also it's a way about talking about experience. It's my first time into the third round and playing against such a player. Of course it's never easy and you're putting a lot of pressure on yourself and you're looking forward to kind of make the surprise or whatever it is. That's not the point to me, and that's never been point. Of course everyone is going to say, well, that's going to be the match of the day or whatever and these things. You can't avoid that, in general. You know, I'm happy that I went through this match. I'm pretty pleased with it in a way that ‑ of course not my game, but I'm pretty pleased with the experience that I had. And, well, I probably certainly know something else for maybe next time, and I'm going to bring something new. Going to try to get the positive out of it.

Q. If you talk about Djokovic's game compared to Madrid, do you feel something is different, tougher than in Spain?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, there it's different conditions obviously. Different altitude out there. I mean, it's best of three sets. I mean, obviously has more experience, and he really played I think quite a decent game today. He played enough to beat me. And, you know, we had ‑ you know, he's potential threat on any surface and any tournament. Obviously. He's the No. 1 in the world. All the credit to him today. Definitely all the credit to him. And, I mean, what else can I say? I think that the rest would...

Q. I remember that you played a great Queen's tournament. Even though that you play topspin, you are a great player in all surfaces. Do you expect something in Wimbledon or for the next months?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I expect, you know, to ‑ I expect a lot of things. That's the one thing that is for sure. The thing is I don't have to put, I mean, too much pressure on myself and neither on my game. The only thing I can do better is work maybe harder or try to do something else in order to be more consistent in all the matches. If I have the overview this year, so far I've been ‑‑ the tournaments I have been playing I have only been losing to top 10 guys with the exception of a few tournaments. Not much I can do about that. That's good experience. It's a good way to go through. Of course you had a couple of lectures here and there. I think you have to go through that. The grass is coming. I'm excited about the grass. But, you know, just try to stay healthy. And going to England always brings back good memories to me.

Q. You kept saying "such a court." How different such a court is from regular courts? How hard are the conditions out there?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: You try to hit the ball harder, but the size of the court is the same. It was just different, I must say. Of course I felt, you know, happy going out on this court, but it was just different. I felt really uncomfortable the first couple of games. It's just a big stadium. Never been there. Never even practice on that court. I mean, it's good that this thing happened in that way. I'm going to know something else for the future. Again, I'm not going to try to find ‑ I have no excuses for today. He overplayed over me, obviously. And you've got to kind of learn from it and sort of try to avoid sort of the mistakes I did today.

Q. How about the wind? And do these courts ‑ are they an advantage to faster, quick players such as Novak and the best players in the world?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think this court plays a bit faster than the others. But, I mean, obviously, take example, top 10 guys that are playing here, everyone is playing their game. But in a way, you know ‑ I don't think this surface is particular for one player. I mean, all of them have had good results here, and, you know, with their game. The pace is absolutely different. No comparison. First match I played on Court 17, and next thing you know, I'm coming in front of 17,000 people. It's absolutely different situation. More room to run, more room to slide, and, you know, I just really didn't feel comfortable today, I must say. But, hey, I mean, at least I tried to maybe change something in the third set which I felt that ‑ or I was getting a bit into a rhythm, but I think also in a way was too late and he was too much in control of the game.

Q. Did you already suffer from your shoulder at the beginning of the game?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I was a bit in the previous days, but, I mean, it's nothing serious. That was just a thing to go through the match.

Q. But in your first serve at the end of the game...

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I was not serving 100%, that's true. But, I mean, in a way I also needed to save the shoulder, as well. I mean, I have doubles to play tomorrow, as well. Let's see how that would go.

Cecig
06-06-2013, 05:26 PM
Pippa Middleton Impressed with Bulgarian Rising Star Dimitrov

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=151019

jeje watch out Maria!

Kat_YYZ
06-08-2013, 02:58 AM
Look like Grigor has a Twitter account for a month now.
https://twitter.com/GrigorDimitrov

It says it's verified.

He's not doing much on it though, is he? :lol:

nadejda
06-08-2013, 05:00 PM
yes, I follow him already
but no, no tweets :(

Cecig
06-08-2013, 05:07 PM
Yep, he post in Facebook but not in Twitter :mad:

litb
06-18-2013, 09:48 PM
Nothing new really, but nice interview
http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/tennis/tired-of-labels-dimitrov-vows-to-make-a-name-for-himself.21364240
I myself am tired of those nicknames. And if it was OK to be called babyfed, now i'm hearing more and more of "sharapova's boyfriend" or "mr. sharapova" and so on (which is inevitable, isn't it). This.must.stop. :devil: The only way is to begin playing big games and stand for himself as said in the article

BlueLighthouse
06-19-2013, 10:43 AM
Picking up more fans at the Boodles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2344201/Maria-Sharapovas-Grigor-Dimitrov-shows-rippling-muscles-trains-tennis-club-ahead-Wimbledon.html

Hypnotize
06-19-2013, 03:39 PM
Interesting comment about Grigor in Serena's Rolling Stone interview. It could be the interviewer made the wrong assumption and given the controversy over Serena's comments about the Steubenville assault, it will probably go unnoticed anyway.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/serena-williams-the-great-one-20130618?page=3

"There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest." Serena exits the car and the conversation moves on to a top-five player who is now in love. "She begins every interview with 'I'm so happy. I'm so lucky' – it's so boring," says Serena in a loud voice. "She's still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it." (An educated guess is she's talking about Sharapova, who is now dating Grigor Dimitrov, one of Serena's rumored exes.)

litb
06-19-2013, 05:50 PM
I was really surprised to see the article in a quite reputable bg news site but if its in RS then probably isn't a hoax. Grisho..:facepalm: I always thought that that serena thing wasn't much of a truth... apparently was wrong. Now is all over the net (mostly twitter) and some people are expecting masha's reaction.Really hope there isn't such and things go by peacefully :)

Hypnotize
06-19-2013, 05:59 PM
I was really surprised to see the article in a quite reputable bg news site but if its in RS then probably isn't a hoax. Grisho..:facepalm: I always thought that that serena thing wasn't much of a truth... apparently was wrong. Now is all over the net (mostly twitter) and some people are expecting masha's reaction.Really hope there isn't such and things go by peacefully :)
Not sure why you're facepalming this. Breakups are never easy and all it tells us is that Serena is bitter that it ended. They should also remain private so it was stupid and immature of Serena to say that in an interview as it makes her look worse than him. Even the remark about the other player "not being invited to the cool parties" is something a teenage schoolgirl would say.

I like Serena but she talks a lot of shit sometimes and she comes across as an attention-seeker. Between this and the Steubenville comment, this interview was hardly her finest hour. :rolleyes:

litb
06-19-2013, 06:12 PM
Facepalming because i'm hearing more and more about his private life and less and less about his tennis - should definitely be vice versa! And yes, the comment about the girl is faar more ugly than the sharapova's part, but thats offtopic

Cecig
06-20-2013, 02:25 AM
jeje

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNH5cy5CAAA_9wt.jpg:large

Cecig
06-20-2013, 06:28 PM
http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon-2013-grigor-dimitrov-potential-1971219

Hypnotize
06-20-2013, 07:09 PM
He's certainly getting a lot of attention from the British press this year.

Cecig
06-21-2013, 02:25 AM
Life’s ace for Maria’s hunk

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/4977975/Grigor-Dimitrov-Im-used-to-life-in-spotlight-with-Maria-Sharapova.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

litb
06-22-2013, 04:20 PM
So, this brave journalist made an interesting prediction about the SF :)
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130621/wimbledon-mens-seed-report/index.html

And off goes my hope about Maria not commenting :( ...

Hypnotize
06-22-2013, 08:58 PM
So, this brave journalist made an interesting prediction about the SF :)
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130621/wimbledon-mens-seed-report/index.html

And off goes my hope about Maria not commenting :( ...
I thought Sharapova was well within her rights to answer Serena's stupid and childish remarks about her. She has a point as well when she says Serena should be addressing her own relationship instead of commenting on hers. As much as I like Serena, I lost a lot of respect for her after that article, particularly over her views on the assault.

McEnroe wrote an article today where he said the game needs more of the drama and bad blood that existed in his day to make it more interesting. He was talking about the men but at least he has got his wish with the women.

Gliese581
06-23-2013, 06:33 PM
You know, we dont even know that Serena was talking about Maria, the reporters just assumed that thats who it is. Fact is until Serena comes out and actually names who she was talking about then we cant be sure. If you read what she said it doesnt even seem like it could be maria. For one thing Maria is not the kind of person to be thinking about tennis all the time, thats not her whole life. That remark about the guy having a black heart also doesnt seem like it could be grigor. I actually interperate this to be mentioning petra kvitova. Dont know how many people are aware of this but its recently been revealed that petra and stepanek are together now. It would be very easy and even understandable to refer to stepanek as the guy with a black heart.

Cecig
06-23-2013, 06:48 PM
Today serena apologized to Maria

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So, Grigor is the guy with blck heart jeje

Gliese581
06-23-2013, 07:13 PM
Today serena apologized to Maria

pkL3b2LWSLY&feature=youtube_gdata&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

So, Grigor is the guy with blck heart jeje

Are you kidding me? that little blurb in no way porves it was grigor she was talking about. She did not apologize for what she said, she apologized that maria was brought into it. You also have to pay attention to the end when she says that people need to know all of the facts before they make a comment which i think is not about herself at all but more more maria and the press simply jumping on this and assuming that she was talking about maria.

Maria was just showing what a complete bitch she is but even saying anything about it after serena already apologized for her being caught up in this.

serena could solve the issue if she just came out and said who it was. Like i said the comments and the description just seem so much more fitted to kvitova/stepanek.

litb
06-23-2013, 07:58 PM
ooh, come on...i doubt she even know who stepanek is :D it's grigor..he was friend with her about a year ago, she even was in his player's box (if I'm not mistaken) and i think in a recent interview patrick did say that he met serena through grisho..so... I don't watch much of wta but even i know that serena and maria never even remotely liked each other and our boy just got caught in the crossfire imo
Enough with the drama! Reaaally excited about Wimby :):) I hope next week(s) we have some great and more tennis related articles to share here

Gliese581
06-23-2013, 10:19 PM
Pretty sure she knows him After all the man has slept with half the wta, she's got to know him by reputation at least.

Emiliq
06-24-2013, 04:54 AM
At least he(Radek Stepanek) use to be engaget to Martina Hingis(who is currently working in Mouratoglou academy)

litb
06-24-2013, 12:43 PM
The New York Times :)
http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/dimitrov-is-surprise-among-betting-favorites-for-wimbledon/?ref=tennis

Spirographus
06-25-2013, 10:41 AM
Interview with Grigor in The Tennis Space:

http://www.thetennisspace.com/dimitrov-i-want-to-keep-my-private-life-private/

Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Interview with Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova’s boyfriend.
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You were nicknamed Baby Fed for your playing style. Has that been a burden?
It’s not easy. I don’t know what to say anymore (laughing). I’ve been carrying that with me for many years. I don’t know what I have to do to get rid of it. I thought it was cool in the beginning, I must say. I thought I was there already, at 17, 18. I was like `shit, I am the thing.’ Well, in the end I wasn’t nearly close to the thing. I have all the respect for him of course. Of course, here and there, we have some similarities, I am not going to hide that. It’s obvious, I see it. But it’s really time for me and everyone around to see that this is what I want to be, this is the person I want to be. On the Roger thing, I think it would be nice if that era ends.
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You switched academies, from Mouratoglou to Sweden with Magnus Norman and Mikael Tillstrom’s academy. How is that working?
It was a tough off-season for me. I spent five weeks in Stockholm. It was crazy weather. I didn’t see the light for like three or four days. It was really hard work. At the end of the year I was doing a lot of fitness. That has to pay off. I feel much stronger in my body, I am not aching as much as before. I can hang a bit more with the big guys. I feel positive and happy about what I was doing.
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What is it about the Swedes that works for you? Their experience as players?
They’re very Swedish, they’re traditional. I think the biggest thing is that they know tennis. Someone that has been there, done that for so many years, has gone through certain paths and made the mistakes that you have done for example. It helps you a lot. I think our relationship is pretty good.

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You’ve struggled with cramping in the past. Are you getting to the bottom of that?

Yeah, I have a couple of things that I’m lining up for the moment, which I won’t reveal yet. I’m going to have a big check-up to make sure what it is because I have no idea why I’m cramping. I feel great – next day I feel like I can play again but the legs just don’t want to do it – and I do. As for my legs – some people say they’re too skinny – I can’t grow them, I’m sorry. I’m squatting 120 kilos but they just don’t grow. I’m sorry.
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You have said you just want to do your own thing. But you’re not doing a very good job staying out the limelight since you’re going out with Maria Sharapova?
What can I say? Obviously, I chose that in a way. I knew that eventually it would happen, obviously you cannot hide it. I appreciate the question but I think the most important thing is what I do. The rest is definitely my private things. Of course, you are going to have questions, of course everyone is going to ask you questions. But to me the most important is what I do on the court, and this is what I do and this is my passion.
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You beat Novak Djokovic in Madrid, pushed Rafael Nadal hard in Monte Carlo. Do you feel the results are coming?
Almost. I’d definitely say, almost. That week in Madrid was a great week for me. I really feel that is a match I have been waiting for. So has everyone. It was a very special moment for me. I learnt a lot of things from that week. It’s been like a journey and the outcome was pretty nice. Still a lot to work on. Still things I really want to improve in my game. Not only in my game. On the practice court and the way I am handling things before matches and practice sessions and all that.
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What’s your biggest dream?
Of course, a slam to me, is the big one. I’ve been saying that for a while. I think this is the ultimate thing you can have as a tennis player. Of course, it’s a great thing if you get to the top 10 and hang out there and be one of the highest players out there. But definitely winning a slam is another level and another experience. Definitely that’s one of the biggest goals. But I want to do well in the slams because it’s one of the things I’ve been struggling with. I just need to find the right path and the right things to make sure that going to a tournament I know what to do and how to handle things in a better way.

iva_ds87
06-25-2013, 10:12 PM
Poor Grisho, getting introduced as Sharapova's boyfriend...it's either Baby Fed or this...

litb
06-26-2013, 10:00 AM
http://www.aljazeera.com/sport/tennis/2013/06/201362685757101652.html
", Dimitrov says it might be the last time he takes part in both competitions. His singles schedule is firmly a priority. " I don't know whether that would be good or bad decision but I'm quite happy to hear it..he should definitely focus on singles now

tennishawkeye
06-28-2013, 10:15 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jun/27/wimbledon-2013-grigor-dimitrov-roger-federer

pretty accurate description of yesterdays match.

Cecig
06-30-2013, 06:53 PM
WIMBLEDON

June 28, 2013

Grigor Dimitrov

LONDON, ENGLAND

G. ZEMLJA/G. Dimitrov
3‑6, 7‑6, 3‑6, 6‑4, 11‑9

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Were you entirely happy with the state of the court?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, tough day today obviously. The rain was pretty tough. I mean, we were on and off the court. It was a bit slippery again.
It was a great match, great five‑setter. Got to give all the credit to my opponent today.

Q. There has been a lot of talk about the slippery courts. You fell a lot of times. Do you feel was it dangerous to play out there?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Hmm. I think it was just a bit of a moisture. I think it's just weather conditions. I mean, I don't remember when I played here and you're sliding so much on the court obviously.
Well, I mean, it happens and I think you got to be ready. It's the same for you and the opponent. Well, it happens.

Q. You say it was the same for you and your opponent, but you were the one that was serving today, and you slipped at 30‑All. Suddenly you had 10, 11 minutes to sit down and contemplate match points against you. That must have been tough.

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, it was indeed. I think it started raining during the warmup. I kind of thought the chairman would say something. I was kind of waiting for that call, as well.
When I slipped, I fell down, I hit my hip. I told him, I'm not serving. Basically we had to, yeah, stop and wait for another chance.

Q. One of the arguments about the people who have fallen over is a lot of them haven't had a chance to get used to grass. You played Queen's and Boodles. How would you compare conditions here to those ones?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think those were three different surfaces to me.
Queen's, I think the courts were great. But, I mean, the weather was just drizzling all the time. You could see the moisture was in the air.
Boodles was pretty low bounce, but you always be careful how you're gonna move on the court.
You know, then you come here, obviously you haven't played much on the match courts. You play at Aorangi, it's a bit of a high bounce. Next thing you know, you come out here, the grass is different.
In a way, that's kind of the fun part, getting ready just yourself. It's a bit of a tricky, but I think it's a positive thing.

Q. Given the damp conditions, what are your views of how today should have been handled if at all differently from the way they were?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I mean, first I thought we gonna play second match is the one thing that usually they always do. Obviously today was a different day ‑ again.
I mean, there's not much I can say about it. It was just one of these days that you got to go on court.

Q. How fit are you? Will you play the doubles tonight?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Absolutely, yeah. We're scheduled to play third on.

Q. So you're fit?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm fine. I'm fine.

Q. There was a bit of a row at the beginning of the week between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Can you imagine why Serena Williams might have described you as the man with a black heart?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: You guys tell me what kind of heart I have (smiling).
I mean, I am kind of here to talk about the slippery courts, how many injuries we had, pull‑outs. I don't think we should be talking about that in general. But I don't know.
I think that's in the past and that's getting old.

Q. This match, the way it worked out, might have been the kind of match, had you won it, would have been a big confidence boost for you. How disappointing is it not to get through it?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Definitely disappointing. I mean, I was looking for that match. I thought I played pretty good in the first sets. I had I believe 15 breakpoints in the fourth set.
Well, you know, it's kind of tough when you don't get one of these ones.
I mean, I think overall it was a good match. I think I needed to play that match. I mean, of course I'm disappointed. I mean, I'm playing at Wimbledon. I love playing at Wimbledon. It's always a great feeling. I love this court, in particular. Good memories.
But, you know, things happen I guess for a reason. But it's a good learning curve for me. I'm going to, you know, step out strong for the upcoming weeks. Hopefully the U.S. will be better.

Q. Asking again about sitting there for 10 minutes. It's hard not to think about, When I come out, I've got to serve. Were you thinking about the weather? Were you thinking about coming out to serve?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I just didn't want to get injured. That's the first thing that I thought. When I fell, I really hurt my hip a little bit.
But, I mean, after a while, I felt like, Oh, it's all right.
It's always tough to think one thing in particular. Obviously, you sit down, you aching a little bit, you got to serve to stay in the match. It's not easy.
I think there's tons of thoughts coming into your head. You kind of pick one by one, basically get on the service line again.

Q. Going back to the courts, you said it's the same for both players, for everyone. A few players have come in here and suggested the courts perhaps aren't what they were in the past. Is it something the players have talked amongst each other?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. I think a lot of people in general, people are talking about, you know, the surface, of course the weather. Who doesn't talk about the weather here?
Well, I think it's kind of tough sometimes I think for the aggressive movers. I would say, I mean, I consider myself as a pretty aggressive mover on the court. I think Tsonga, even the top players, I think it's tough for them when the grass is really slippery.
But, you know, I think you got to adjust. That's the one thing. I mean, you know it's not going to change much except the headlines.

Q. I'm sure you're glad when your girlfriend comes and sees you at the match. Do you feel a bit more pressure when she's in the stands or not?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, not at all, actually. I feel even more pumped and happy that she's there for me. I think that's what counts the most.

Q. Since you won the boy's title here, your name has been one of the names of the players that is going to potentially break through. Does that actually put more pressure on you?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think pressure's everywhere. It's not only from that. I think one of the toughest things you've got to face is your own expectations, obviously.
I mean, you'll be judged anyway, right? So that doesn't really have to be, I mean, in your head in general. I think the most important thing is really, you know, stay true to yourself, your team, really try to build up something, you know, through the years, and work. You know one day if you do the right things, eventually things will happen for you whether, you know, going to be sooner or later.
So, you know, I believe in that thing quite a bit. I'm not worried about any of the comparisons, the talks, the things between the rivalries, whatever things are being said. You know, I think that's just a very important thing to me in how I'm going to deal with my own pressure. It's my own business.

kr1s71an
07-10-2013, 06:06 PM
Me and my racket: Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov followed in his idol Pete Sampras’ footsteps when he joined the Wilson ProStaff family three years ago. Here’s what the Bulgarian makes of his Six.One 95...

What was the first racket you ever used?
Hmm, Yonex maybe? Wow. Yeah, I think Yonex. I’m pretty sure. I think it was dark red and black.

What do you look for in a racket now?
Well, I think at the moment I have the best racket I could probably dream of. My Wilson racket is a great piece, it’s really an art I have to say. I have always been looking for the perfect racket that has good power and good balance because the small things always make the biggest differences. And, of course, the string [you use] matters a lot, a lot, a lot for the racket. I’m definitely looking for power and a lot of control on the ball because I want the racket to really suit my game and the way I’m presenting myself on court. I think it always takes time for players to find the right one.

What strings do you use and what tension do you string at?
I change my tension sometimes but usually it’s between 23- 24kg and I play with a natural gut, Luxilon. Do you change your string tension depending on the environment? It depends. For example, in Australia it’s always tough to find the right balance in the string because one day it’s hot and one day it’s cold so you have to really be on top of things and make the right adjustments. It takes a bit of time.

How long have you been playing with Wilson?
I think over three years now. I chose them for a lot of reasons. I think the service is great and the people that are working for Wilson are doing a tremendous job on and off the tour and that helps a lot of players. You always get deliveries on time and strings and rackets, whatever you need.

The Wilson ProStaff has a long history with many greats having used it, including Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. Is that part of the appeal to you?
I mean, of course. I know quite a lot about how the racket progressed through the years and who played with it. It is cool, of course, but you don’t have to be influenced by that because it can kind of mess up your mind a little bit. That’s why you have to find the racket that feels best in your hands. What racket characteristics complement your game style? It’s quite a heavy racket, but I’m also looking for the balance to be a bit high up – head heavy. I mean, there is not that much you can do to customise a racket except the grip and the balance. I think a comfortable grip that you feel good with also makes a difference.

Are the racket’s cosmetics important to you?
Of course, all the time. I think Wilson rackets have the best cosmetics on tour at the moment.

Is racket technology something that interests you?
Yeah, a lot actually. I was at the factory at Wilson and saw a lot of things, like how they make the rackets and I think it’s really fascinating what they put into making one of these things. It definitely makes you not want to break a racket any more!

Is smashing rackets something you used to do a lot?
Ha. I think I won’t comment on that. I had my times!

Have you kept any rackets from tournaments you’ve played well at?
I think I’ll keep the racket and the outfit from my first ATP title, if I ever do that. Definitely.

Spirographus
07-10-2013, 06:31 PM
"... if I ever do that." ?!?!?!

Should be:


"...when I do that. Some time really soon."!!!

This tells me his confidence IS indeed quite low at the moment.

Cecig
07-10-2013, 06:40 PM
He doesn't keep his outfits?

litb
07-10-2013, 11:04 PM
http://bg-daily-news.eu/sport/3239-what-is-hidden-in-grigor-dimitrov%E2%80%99s-pants

:D :D :D or this is some great coincidence or someone reads here and then makes articles. However, really creative headline

BlueLighthouse
07-11-2013, 02:31 AM
http://bg-daily-news.eu/sport/3239-what-is-hidden-in-grigor-dimitrov%E2%80%99s-pants

:D :D :D or this is some great coincidence or someone reads here and then makes articles. However, really creative headline

They definitely got it from here and this is not the first time :p

(but I can't remember what news exactly :o it was what I posted about him in Bangkok Challengers or Thailand Open and it appeared in the news including my pics but I'm ok with that coz I like him getting more news coverage.)

Cecig
07-11-2013, 02:34 AM
They need to ask him about the tattoo jejeje. I want to see the full piece jeje

Cecig
07-22-2013, 05:45 PM
From Revista Grip (Argentinian magazine), analysis of his shots. And they give him 7,5 points.

He is always in this magazine ( I have lots of pictures of him). Later I will scan it.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPyv9gqCUAAnUIE.jpg:large

jammeblunt
07-23-2013, 06:44 PM
From Revista Grip (Argentinian magazine), analysis of his shots. And they give him 7,5 points.

He is always in this magazine ( I have lots of pictures of him). Later I will scan it.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPyv9gqCUAAnUIE.jpg:large

a great idea for a discussion thread. Could you translate each aspect with their points?