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larzm
11-20-2011, 02:21 PM
So may be we can discuss all general stuff and smaller tournaments in this thread.

larzm
11-20-2011, 02:21 PM
Most important thing right now I guess: Who will be his new coach????

nadejda
11-21-2011, 09:43 AM
That's a good quastion. I am very qurious to know that!

homeboy615
11-24-2011, 05:01 PM
it's also what i wonder

kr1s71an
11-25-2011, 01:12 PM
His father will travel with him to Australia, but I don't think he will be his new coach :)

chantelle
11-26-2011, 02:50 PM
Patrick Mouratoglou answered the question about new coach as below on his facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-blog-de-Patrick-Mouratoglou/109429335754536):"As you all know, Grigor Dimitrov is currently coachless. He doesn't want to rush and takes his time. He has a whole Team at the Academy working with him daily. At the moment, he is starting his pre-season preparation. I will help him for that period and his father too. When he'll be ready to find a new coach, we'll consider the options and take the decisions together."

Thus the coachless status may continue for a while until the suitable time but he has the whole academy team support:)

larzm
11-26-2011, 03:44 PM
Thanks for the info!!!!

homeboy615
11-28-2011, 11:09 AM
thanks for the info.and hope grigor all is well without a coach

Berba
11-28-2011, 11:11 AM
it seems his father will be his coach at least for the moment. but i think that if it proves successful during january, the temporary measure may become permanent

Sonja1989
12-13-2011, 04:03 PM
:facepalm: He needs a professional coach without doubt. And I still hope he finds one very soon. :p Thanks for the info!! :hug:

FedererBulgaria
12-15-2011, 02:29 PM
So we have new nick name :D

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/390985_309515362412598_109429335754536_1032433_219 962301_n.jpg

FedererBulgaria
12-19-2011, 06:51 PM
Ive just watched his match agains Tsonga at Wimbledon...amazing,it took me 2 days to download it :D But what a match!

Sonja1989
12-21-2011, 01:03 PM
What a nick name??? OMG!! :haha: :haha:

Anyway :yeah: I should watch back the match too.

FedererBulgaria
12-21-2011, 03:50 PM
Reed’s tennis awards for 2011
By Eurosport


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.

eurosport.com


:worship:

FedererBulgaria
01-01-2012, 06:17 PM
Today he plays his Hopman cup match against Berdych and im gonna watch it on national tv,its gona be at 5.30 however :D Good luck

Sonja1989
01-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Good luck Grisho!! :hug:

Mae
01-02-2012, 01:50 AM
I don't know what it is, but I could never really get into the Hopman Cup at all!

FedererBulgaria
01-02-2012, 04:51 AM
Great play from Grisho

Mephistopheles
01-02-2012, 05:13 AM
lol, 11-9 to take the second set tie breaker... not nervous at all :P haha

Seriously high quality though, he's playing top 20 tennis right now! =]

Mephi x

FedererBulgaria
01-02-2012, 05:14 AM
He is amazing,what a beauty

RandyE
01-02-2012, 05:48 AM
Even though Grigor lost this match 6-3 in the third, I think he can take a lot of positives from this; he served well, he moved pretty well, and his return of serve has improved a lot. His backhand is coming along quite nicely, although it's still a little short sometimes, but overall he's making great strides. I was quite impressed, and compared to a year ago at this time he's much improved. Looking forward to the next few matches.

FedererBulgaria
01-02-2012, 05:49 AM
Im really proud,well done Grigor!

chantelle
01-02-2012, 05:49 AM
He played an awesome second set but terrible third set :facepalm:

misty1
01-02-2012, 02:58 PM
wel..he did well but the up and down play continues

im proud of how well he did though and they won mixed doubles which is big

he's got a tough match with mardy coming up ..actually possibly 2 because frederik definately played some great stuff against mardy

FedererBulgaria
01-02-2012, 03:15 PM
Great ,love it

Hypnotize
01-04-2012, 10:39 AM
Great result. Dimitrov beat Nielsen 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 and Bulgaria won the mixed doubles 3-6, 6-4, 10-1.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/story/2012-01-04/hopman-cup-wednesday/52373968/1
Nielsen, who pushed eighth-ranked Mardy Fish of the U.S. to three sets on Monday, put up stiff resistance in the first set before Dimitrov dominated in the second.

"It was definitely a tough match today. The guy was attacking at every opportunity," Dimitrov said. "I got a bit lucky on some shots. He played some great tennis."

misty1
01-04-2012, 01:17 PM
so they have to hope now that denmark beats the czech republic..i dont know

kr1s71an
01-04-2012, 06:40 PM
so they have to hope now that denmark beats the czech republic..i dont know

Yeah ... I think Bulgaria need to beat USA with a good score and Denmark to beat Czech republic. The chances are small, but they did very well in those two matches and I hope they'll do the same against USA :) They made Bulgaria proud and that's more important! :worship:

misty1
01-04-2012, 09:08 PM
Yeah ... I think Bulgaria need to beat USA with a good score and Denmark to beat Czech republic. The chances are small, but they did very well in those two matches and I hope they'll do the same against USA :) They made Bulgaria proud and that's more important! :worship:

it really doesnt seem like bethanie and mardy are playing well so i like his and tsveti's chances of winning the singles

kr1s71an
01-05-2012, 06:44 AM
it really doesnt seem like bethanie and mardy are playing well so i like his and tsveti's chances of winning the singles
Yeah it will be great if he manage to make his first win over top 10 (even if it won't be official) :)

Hypnotize
01-06-2012, 12:15 PM
5-1 to Grigor. Great start especially against a player like Fish.

nadejda
01-06-2012, 12:24 PM
Grigor :eek::eek:

6-2

nadejda
01-06-2012, 12:26 PM
Fish is really frustrated

break for Grigor up 1-0 in second set

nadejda
01-06-2012, 12:46 PM
6-2 5-1

nadejda
01-06-2012, 12:54 PM
6-2 6-1 even in my wildest dream I couldn't imagine a score like that :eek::eek:

:worship:

geansy
01-06-2012, 12:56 PM
a very top dynamitrov!

kr1s71an
01-06-2012, 01:01 PM
That's the best I've ever seen him play! That was amazing! Everything was perfect and the errors were just a few!

Even that big win - the next 24 hours will be very tough for him. First they will play a doubles match, then he will flight to Sydney where from 1:00 AM CET that night he will face Jurgen Zopp. If he wins he will play then another match after some rest :x

Hypnotize
01-06-2012, 01:14 PM
Amazing match. Grigor was on FIRE! I would love to know what Fish said to Grigor when they were shaking hands. Fish is such a bad loser.

FedererBulgaria
01-06-2012, 01:20 PM
im so proud,well done Grisho

Mephistopheles
01-06-2012, 01:34 PM
Wow, sounds like an amazing match from Grigor, i was thinking he had a good chance of winning but that scoreline is really alot better than i thought it would be.

We should keep a running tally of Dynamitrovs 2012 achievments, and i think "First win over a top 10 player" should go right at the top!

Mephi x

nadejda
01-06-2012, 01:46 PM
I really don't like Mardy's behavior in the doubles match and it seems it is getting in Grigor's head too. I hope he keeps it calm :(

chantelle
01-06-2012, 02:57 PM
Grisho did play a great game today but all my hope now is that he can catch the flight to Sydney and get enough rest. His game against Zopp will take place on 11 tomorrow morning;)

Berba
01-06-2012, 03:09 PM
amazing performance against fish, historic 1st victory against top 10 player. i hope this is just the beginning.

nadejda
01-06-2012, 03:15 PM
Grisho did play a great game today but all my hope now is that he can catch the flight to Sydney and get enough rest. His game against Zopp will take place on 11 tomorrow morning;)

yeah, I hope he does too, but wouldn't really blame him if he lose badly cause all this travelling and emotions may affact him. It will be good to have at least one more match before AO, nevertheless :). Good luck, Grisho!

Sonja1989
01-06-2012, 04:55 PM
Well done Grisho!! :woohoo: :hug:

Hypnotize
01-06-2012, 05:11 PM
I watched Grigor's single's match during my lunch break and he was fantastic. Unfortunately I missed the mixed doubles but it sounded quite eventful. I hope there a video of this on Youtube. It sounds like Fish was definitely in the wrong as he went over to Grigor's chair at the change-over. I just hope Grigor doesn't get into trouble as well.

Hopman referee steps in to part angry Fish and Dimitrov
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/01/06/uk-tennis-hopman-bulgaria-idUKTRE80515L20120106

nadejda
01-06-2012, 05:26 PM
Fish, who also lost in straight sets to Czech Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, directed angry words at Dimitrov while the pair were shaking hands after the singles at Burswood Dome.

During the doubles, Fish appeared to hit a ball straight at the Bulgarian and then approached him as he sat in a chair during a change of ends.

Dimitrov jumped to his feet and the two men argued fiercely before the match referee rushed on to the court and stood between them. It was nearly a minute before order was restored.


Fish really spoiled the Grisho's win over him with this kind of attitude. I though Grigor was very kind with him during the match seeing how much frustrated Mardy was and when he got a luck net cord he approched to the net and appologiesd...really Grigor said in an intwerview with Bulgarian National TV that Mardy said some words during the match and the handshake which were not nice and also commented that apparatnly beeing a top 10 player you can afford those kind of behavior without any sort of warnings. Grigor is hot tempered, we now that and that's probably why at the end he reacted to Mardy's provocation, however I really think it wasn't his fault for this unpleasant situation. I hope Grisho will keep the positive memory over that match and not so much on that incident.

nadejda
01-06-2012, 06:21 PM
here is another version of the incident

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2012/01/06/fish-vs-dimitrov-sharing-the-hopman-love/

Hypnotize
01-06-2012, 06:30 PM
here is another version of the incident

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2012/01/06/fish-vs-dimitrov-sharing-the-hopman-love/
I really want to see a video of this incident. If anyone taped it, can you please upload it to Youtube? Fish comes off looking really bad in that slideshow.

nadejda
01-06-2012, 06:41 PM
http://tennis.sportal.bg/video.php?video=42048

Hypnotize
01-06-2012, 07:51 PM
http://tennis.sportal.bg/video.php?video=42048
Thanks Nadejda. Grigor handled himself very well by the look of things. Maybe he's finally growing up. :worship:

I'm really looking forward to seeing how he plays in the next few weeks although tomorrow is obviously going to be very challenging for him.

misty1
01-07-2012, 12:59 AM
he steamrolled zopp in the first set 6-1

was a break ahead in the 2nd set but zopp broke back

6-1, 2-2

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:01 AM
zopp holds at love

3-2 in the 2nd set

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:06 AM
grigor holds and breaks again

6-1, 4-3

nadejda
01-07-2012, 01:07 AM
c'mon Grigor! you can do it!

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:13 AM
6-1, 5-3

zopp serving to stay in it

15-30

30-30

30-40

deuce

adv. zopp

hold

6-1, 5-4

grigor will serve for it

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:21 AM
15-0

15-15

15-30

30-30

40-30

deuce

adv. zopp

deuce

adv. zopp

deuce

adv. zopp

broken

5-5

nadejda
01-07-2012, 01:22 AM
broken :sad:

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:28 AM
zopp holds to 30 for 6-5, grigor serving for a tiebreaker..

30-15

40-15

40-30

tiebreak time

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:33 AM
1-0 zopp

1-1

2-1 grigor

3-1 grigor

3-2 grigor

4-2 grigor

4-3 grigor

4-4

5-4 grigor (serving for it)

5-5

6-5 zopp

6-6

7-6 zopp

set zopp:sad:

nadejda
01-07-2012, 01:40 AM
:sad: poor kid! Must be very exhosted and yet going into a 3rd. I am not sure if it is not better to just thank the rest...

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:41 AM
i could see zopp steamrolling him this set

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:41 AM
grigor serving first

15-0

15-15

15-30

15-40

30-40

deuce

nadejda
01-07-2012, 01:44 AM
i could see zopp steamrolling him this set

yes that is possible
but whatever
will have some rest for AO, not a big deal!

benji47
01-07-2012, 01:46 AM
OMG his 1st serve points won percentage is SOOOO low today...

nadejda
01-07-2012, 01:49 AM
apparently he is struggling with his serve, not making an ace and we are into the 3rd set...

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:52 AM
got broken, but broke right back

benji47
01-07-2012, 01:52 AM
That is so weird, his serve was the most effective weapon this week...

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:53 AM
2-1

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:53 AM
That is so weird, his serve was the most effective weapon this week...

not weird, he's probably exhausted

misty1
01-07-2012, 01:57 AM
breaks

3-1

chantelle
01-07-2012, 02:02 AM
It seems he will miss the chance to rest before AO:p but I believe he needs those win to prepare for AO:) C'mon Grisho!!!

nadejda
01-07-2012, 02:02 AM
Grigor has to hold 2 games! Go kid!

misty1
01-07-2012, 02:04 AM
5-2

misty1
01-07-2012, 02:06 AM
2 match points

misty1
01-07-2012, 02:07 AM
6-2 in the 3rd

nadejda
01-07-2012, 02:10 AM
great fight from the kid, really! The old Grigor would have just went away at getting broken in the first game in 3rd! But this kid didn't wanted to gave it away and despite the choke in second set continued to fight! well done! Now go get some rest, Grisho! :hug:

benji47
01-07-2012, 02:15 AM
Didn't the commentator in last night's match say that he has two matches scheduled today?

nadejda
01-07-2012, 02:17 AM
yes he is playing in 2 hours another match with Feeney? today :sad: poor kid

benji47
01-07-2012, 02:18 AM
That's just retarded....

Well, do your best son, and try not to puke on court...

nadejda
01-07-2012, 02:21 AM
yep it is, I cannot stay any longer waiting for this match, too, it is already 4:30 am here
Good luck, Grisho :hug:

benji47
01-07-2012, 05:50 AM
Getting nailed by Feeney at the moment... This day is turning into a hot mess.

benji47
01-07-2012, 05:52 AM
retired after 3 games....

kr1s71an
01-07-2012, 06:15 AM
Well who can blame him - that was his fourth match in less than 18 hours :( At least now he can rest and get ready for Melbourne :)

benji47
01-07-2012, 06:17 AM
Considering the fact that he took a red-eye to Sydney, he probably didn't get any sleep either, poor poor baby, the organizers really screwed him up, big time.

Hopefully this can motivate him to really improve his rankings so he won't have to deal with qualies all the time...

chantelle
01-07-2012, 06:34 AM
Considering the fact that he took a red-eye to Sydney, he probably didn't get any sleep either, poor poor baby, the organizers really screwed him up, big time.

Hopefully this can motivate him to really improve his rankings so he won't have to deal with qualies all the time...

Considering Grigor's opponent is an Australian, I doubt the organizer is on purpose to make the arrangement. :mad: Fortunately he is just tired without injury, hope this time will be his last show up in a qualifying game;)

benji47
01-07-2012, 07:25 AM
I was thinking the exact same thing. They totally could have scheduled it as the first match on Sunday morning, and then the last round in the afternoon. But they just HAD to tire this guy out like that? SMFH...

nadejda
01-07-2012, 09:05 AM
oh Grisho :hug:

get some rest, kid!

with AO next week with 3/5 sets matches it was really better to have rest rather playing qualies here.

Good luck at AO:hug: maybe we should start a new thread :)

nadejda
01-07-2012, 09:12 AM
Mardy Fish was given a code violation for spitting toward the block of Bulgarian fans during the singles match

:rolleyes:

Hypnotize
01-07-2012, 09:47 AM
Great to see him win a match but it was a bit much to expect him to play two hours later. He needs to get some rest and bring his best form to the AO. I hope he gets a good draw there (for a change) but if he plays like he did last week, he will be a danger to any opponent.

Hypnotize
01-07-2012, 09:53 AM
:rolleyes:
I can't believe he spat at the Bulgarian fans. :mad: The Hopman Cup is like a mini Davis Cup and it's great the Bulgarian fans got so involved. They brought a lot of atmosphere to the tournament this year.

When someone asked him on Twitter about the confrontation with Grigor, he replied with this:

MardyFish Mardy Fish @
@NeilHarmanTimes You Brits always looking for something! There's nothing there. Great talent he is. Will be a good player for a long time.
3 hours ago

Naudio Spanlatine
01-07-2012, 11:56 AM
Grigor:awww: :sad: :sobbing: :hug: :hug:

Fish you asshole:fiery:

misty1
01-07-2012, 07:57 PM
i really feel like he should have pulled out of the qualies

i realise he wanted more practice for the AO but he had to realise that the timing just wouldnt work

RandyE
01-07-2012, 08:19 PM
Totally agree - I was really surprised to read that he would play the qualifying in Sydney; no reason to play so many matches before the Aussie Open. I think he has looked great in the matches so far (didn't see the Fish Match). His game is starting to come together, and he'll be trouble for many of the top 20 on tour. Let's hope he can get a pretty good draw and we'll see what happens.

misty1
01-07-2012, 08:21 PM
if he was in the main draw directly it would have been a different story, he'd have more time to rest but he should have realised the turnover would have been short and even worse if mardy was actually able to make a match of things

Bul Fans Melb
01-08-2012, 01:14 PM
I can't believe he spat at the Bulgarian fans. :mad: The Hopman Cup is like a mini Davis Cup and it's great the Bulgarian fans got so involved. They brought a lot of atmosphere to the tournament this year.

It's a shame that this type of behavior occured.It's seems as though the United stated players have a bit of a history of being sore losers.E.g: Andy roddick,Serena williams,Robert kendrick and now Mardy fish,ohh yeh and who can forget John mcenroe.

Last year when Grigor played Robert Kendrick in the qualifiers for Australian open,we were chanting for Grigor and because of that Kendrick hit the ball out of the court and went to his chair.He said don't make me jump the fence,and he said that this happens to him every f..... year, it was funny to see.

By the way the Bulgarian fans in perth were fantastic! Great job guys.

See you next week Mardy!:wavey:

nadejda
01-08-2012, 02:06 PM
It's a shame that this type of behavior occured.It's seems as though the United stated players have a bit of a history of being sore losers.E.g: Andy roddick,Serena williams,Robert kendrick and now Mardy fish,ohh yeh and who can forget John mcenroe.

Last year when Grigor played Robert Kendrick in the qualifiers for Australian open,we were chanting for Grigor and because of that Kendrick hit the ball out of the court and went to his chair.He said don't make me jump the fence,and he said that this happens to him every f..... year, it was funny to see.

By the way the Bulgarian fans in perth were fantastic! Great job guys.

See you next week Mardy!:wavey:

Um, I am prety sure Grigor didn't play Kendrick last year at AO qualies. He played Mateo Viola R1, then Reda in R2 and Thomas Schoorel in R3. You are probably mistaking this match with some else :confused:.

I don't understand why Mardy was so pissed at the fans too. They were only cheerful for Grigor, the didn't make any noise during Mardy's serves, didn't appload his UE or boo him :rolleyes:. Fans didn't get a single warning from the umpire to keep silence the whole tournament...:confused:

Bul Fans Melb
01-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Um, I am prety sure Grigor didn't play Kendrick last year at AO qualies. He played Mateo Viola R1, then Reda in R2 and Thomas Schoorel in R3. You are probably mistaking this match with some else :confused:.

I don't understand why Mardy was so pissed at the fans too. They were only cheerful for Grigor, the didn't make any noise during Mardy's serves, didn't appload his UE or boo him :rolleyes:. Fans didn't get a single warning from the umpire to keep silence the whole tournament...:confused:

Yes sorry i got the year wrong i meant to say 2 years ago (2010)

Yes your absolutely correct,they actually brought some nice colour and atmosphere in a and family friendly manner which is why i was even more disappointed that Mardy spat towards them.And even then they didn't seem to retaliate.Extremely unsportsmanlike and unecessary by him.

RandyE
01-08-2012, 09:37 PM
I think Fish has a chip on his shoulder since he had lost to Berdych, I think. He had a hard time with Nielsen as well, so I think he was looking for something to vent his anger to. Certainly a shame how he behaved! The Bulgarian fans looked to have a great time from what I could see.

proud bulgarian
01-10-2012, 12:27 PM
if he was in the main draw directly it would have been a different story, he'd have more time to rest but he should have realised the turnover would have been short and even worse if mardy was actually able to make a match of things

From what I understood from Grigor's mother yesterday, they didn't realise that he'd have to play 2 qualification matches in one day and it was very hot on Saturday. We got burnt and tired just by watching. His parents were ready to fall asleep by the court - they and Grigor hadn't slept at all, they arrived in Sydney around 7 a.m. and had to get ready to go straight to Homebush.

So, as crazy as it sounds, Grisho was supposed to play 4 matches in less than 24 hours with no sleep at all and almost 5 hours on the plane. ATP really needs to rethink the qualification schedule for the men at the Apia International... They would have managed to be on time even if the guys had played one qualification match on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Anyway, all that said, Grigor was a hero to even manage to play the first match, let alone win it. He was going great in the first set and the beginning of the second, we thought he'd "do a Mardy Fish on him" :), but he hit a wall in the middle of the second and could barely move. He did his best, drank Gatorade and Coca Cola and managed to revive himself sufficiently to win the match. He came up for the second match in a few hours, but one could see he wasn't moving or focusing well, he simply had to retire.

Physically he is well, trained in Sydney yesterday and is in Melbourne today.

I am sure that all fans at Melbourne will be supporting him big time. Please, do that for us too, as we can't come to the Australian Open this year. And Ivo, please, say hi to Tsveti from us and sorry we can't be there for her. We'll support her online. Do us proud, like the fans in Perth did. :wavey: :wavey:

proud bulgarian
01-10-2012, 12:51 PM
I think Fish has a chip on his shoulder since he had lost to Berdych, I think. He had a hard time with Nielsen as well, so I think he was looking for something to vent his anger to. Certainly a shame how he behaved! The Bulgarian fans looked to have a great time from what I could see.

You are absolutely right. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the replay of the face off incident in the doubles match in Perth and saw Fish mouthing "asshole" to Grigor! It was so obvious, I am 100% sure that the official heard it clearly. At his age, Mardy should know how to behave, even if he is beaten badly. He wouldn't dare do that to Berdych, Federer, Nadal or Djokovic... The problem is, he is not likely to be fined for that, even though he kept pestering Grigor again and again. But he shouldn't just get away with it!

proud bulgarian
01-10-2012, 02:50 PM
In the spirit of merriment, I would like to offer a recipe for a possible tennis cookbook. :-)

Grigor Dimitrov's recipe for battered Fish

Preparation:
Batter the Fish vigorously for 58 minutes, then leave to stew in its own sauce for 40 minutes.

Serving instructions:
Serve hot on TV (preferably at an average of 200 km/hour).

Note: Code violations do not interrupt the stewing process, so apply generously. Bon appetit!

dinkulpus
01-13-2012, 12:04 AM
Grigor drew Chardy in first round :wavey:

Sonja1989
01-13-2012, 12:09 AM
Like in RG.. Now I really hope he wins this match :cheerleader:

benji47
01-13-2012, 12:55 AM
Not a bad draw, but I really don't wanna jinx him so I will set my expectation low - one win would be nice.

grishotarian
01-13-2012, 01:13 AM
Pretty good draw :yeah: Gould change to win a few matches! Best of luck, Grigor :woohoo:

RandyE
01-13-2012, 05:39 AM
He should be able to take Chardy - then it gets pretty tough with probably Almagro (although I don't think highly of his all-court game), then possibly Baghdatis or Wawrinka...after that it could be Berdych in the fourth round. We know he's got the game (which looks to be much improved) - question is: can he sustain a high level of play for three out of five sets.

nadejda
01-13-2012, 07:15 AM
Not a bad draw but could be tricky. I hope he takes revange from Chardy!
Good luck!

Hypnotize
01-13-2012, 10:23 AM
It's a good draw although Chardy can be dangerous given he beat Grigor at the FO. Grigor is a far better player now and he should know Chardy's game well considering they train together so he I would expect him to win this one.

mrclyde
01-13-2012, 09:45 PM
Chardy said before that he'd never got a set against Dimitrov in trainings. I don't know about his confidence, but Dimitrov is more confident after beating Fish.

Hypnotize
01-14-2012, 11:33 AM
He plays on Monday and he's the 3rd match on court 8 (I would estimate 3am GMT). I wonder if there will be a video feed for this court.

Court 8 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Kimiko Date-Krumm(JPN) vs. Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Ayumi Morita(JPN) vs. Petra Cetkovska(CZE)[32]

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jeremy Chardy(FRA) vs. Grigor Dimitrov(BUL)

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Tsvetana Pironkova(BUL) vs. Sania Mirza(IND)

nadejda
01-14-2012, 12:03 PM
there is a live stream from this court, yes.

I hope he broke the Frenchmen-at-slams curse and win this match. :unsure:

Hypnotize
01-14-2012, 05:15 PM
there is a live stream from this court, yes.

I hope he broke the Frenchmen-at-slams curse and win this match.:unsure:
That's great. I don't think I'll be able to watch it as I'm at work the next day but if anyone could record and upload the match it would be much appreciated.

FedererBulgaria
01-14-2012, 05:24 PM
Really good chance for 3R so Grisho take advantage ot the draw pls..Cmon Champ 8)

nadejda
01-14-2012, 05:46 PM
I suggest not to expect too much this time, shall we? Round by round. R1 not an easy task. I've just watched the match with Chardy at RG and he hit the ball really well back them to come on top. Ironically Grigor also retired the match before that as it repeats here too. Of course he ain't suffering that awful pollen allergy now but this kind of consequences are bothering me somewhat...

larzm
01-14-2012, 05:54 PM
Even if he beats Chardy (which isn't easy) he'll meet a top 10 player with almagro. So we can't expext more than round 2. Everything else is just great. Of course I also hope for more but I wouldn't be disappointed even if he looses 1st round as long as it isn't 16 26 16 or something like that...

FedererBulgaria
01-14-2012, 06:30 PM
Fish is a top 8 player and u saw 6-2 6-1 win :D

nadejda
01-14-2012, 07:07 PM
These are 2 completely different matches. I wouldn't decide the outcome based on the match with Fish - completely different players, different styles, outdoor/indoor, 2/3 and 3/5 sets, one is unofficial match the other is a R1 grand slam. Fish was not playing that well too. Besides Chardy won in straights sets the last time they played. Just some reasons to think about.
IMO this first match will be very hard, especially the first set, assuming Chardy will got that self confidence on his side. If Grigor plays well and wins it it will be a lot easier from then on.
Match with Fish only reveals that Grigor is in a great shape and very concentrated. A good sign to begin with...

FedererBulgaria
01-14-2012, 07:41 PM
These are 2 completely different matches. I wouldn't decide the outcome based on the match with Fish - completely different players, different styles, outdoor/indoor, 2/3 and 3/5 sets, one is unofficial match the other is a R1 grand slam. Fish was not playing that well too. Besides Chardy won in straights sets the last time they played. Just some reasons to think about.
IMO this first match will be very hard, especially the first set, assuming Chardy will got that self confidence on his side. If Grigor plays well and wins it it will be a lot easier from then on.
Match with Fish only reveals that Grigor is in a great shape and very concentrated. A good sign to begin with...

I just wanna say that both Fish and Almagro are top 10 players not in form...so Girogr can taka advantage of this :P

misty1
01-14-2012, 07:45 PM
keep in mind that both grigor and jeremy are in completely different places then they were at the french open last year

grigor's game is coming together but jeremy's victory last year also came at a time when nothing was really expected of him and his results werent great

but jeremy has been in good form to end the season last year and comes in to this season winning a challenger title so i dont think we can take to much from the match last year because they are both playing much better

FedererBulgaria
01-14-2012, 07:53 PM
keep in mind that both grigor and jeremy are in completely different places then they were at the french open last year

grigor's game is coming together but jeremy's victory last year also came at a time when nothing was really expected of him and his results werent great

but jeremy has been in good form to end the season last year and comes in to this season winning a challenger title so i dont think we can take to much from the match last year because they are both playing much better

And its not on clay, Grigor is the fave thats for sure,i believe he will win 6-4 7-5 6-4 or smomething like that

Hypnotize
01-14-2012, 08:33 PM
These are 2 completely different matches. I wouldn't decide the outcome based on the match with Fish - completely different players, different styles, outdoor/indoor, 2/3 and 3/5 sets, one is unofficial match the other is a R1 grand slam. Fish was not playing that well too. Besides Chardy won in straights sets the last time they played. Just some reasons to think about.
IMO this first match will be very hard, especially the first set, assuming Chardy will got that self confidence on his side. If Grigor plays well and wins it it will be a lot easier from then on.
Match with Fish only reveals that Grigor is in a great shape and very concentrated. A good sign to begin with...
I agree and in the RG match, Chardy got a lot of free points on his serve. Success for Grigor will depend on how well he reads Chardy's serve. If he's returning well and plays like he did in Perth, he stands a very good chance of winning the match.

mrclyde
01-14-2012, 08:40 PM
Chardy is good on clay, but in AO he's got 2R only.

Sonja1989
01-15-2012, 12:09 AM
If Dimitrov plays well, should beat Chardy of course. :angel: Good luck Grisho!! :cheerleader: :woohoo:

RandyE
01-15-2012, 03:58 AM
Based on what I've seen, Grigor seems to be a different player than last year. I think having that whole year on tour, he's taken his lumps and knows how to go after his opponent now. Watching footage from the Australian Open last year vs Wawrinka and his most recent match against Fish, he's taken tremendous strides and is no doubt ready for this challenge. He'll probably have a letdown during this match, but I expect him to win in 4 sets.

Hypnotize
01-15-2012, 08:45 AM
The biggest improvement is that he's stepping into the court and playing more aggressively. Last year he was letting his opponents dictate the rallies but against Fish, he was always looking for ways to attack. He's clearly worked on his fitness in the off-season, he looks stronger and his balance has improved. I can't wait to see how he plays this match against Chardy.

Renalicious
01-15-2012, 08:49 AM
Good luck Grigor for the AO. :)

I met him during Hopman Cup and he was so friendly. Watched him live against Fish and knew he would win when I saw him practice before cos he was hitting the ball so cleanly. :eek:

Hypnotize
01-15-2012, 11:27 PM
I'm not going to be able to watch the match as I have a big day at work tomorrow. Hopefully I will wake up to a Grigor victory and if anyone on here does watch the match, please post a commentary on it as it will be great to read how Grigor played. With any luck there will be a video of the match so I can get a chance to see it.

Good luck Grigor.:clap2:

FedererBulgaria
01-15-2012, 11:58 PM
Good luck im gonna watch the match

nadejda
01-16-2012, 04:47 AM
Grigor wasted 3 BP and then got broken. Chardy will serve for the set. Seems slightly off, not finding his rythm and shots, serve is not working eighter...Not a good start.

benji47
01-16-2012, 04:53 AM
T.e.r.r.i.b.l.e.

nadejda
01-16-2012, 05:07 AM
why is he apologizing when winning a point? ridiculous!

benji47
01-16-2012, 05:10 AM
For Christ's sake Grigor, why is Chardy such a challenge, WHY?...

nadejda
01-16-2012, 05:14 AM
I know playing a friend is difficult, but why to apology when winning a point? Phew!

nadejda
01-16-2012, 05:19 AM
still not playing well, but Chardy dropped his level too. Hopefully he will close the 2nd set!

nadejda
01-16-2012, 05:31 AM
Grigor took the second set 6-3 mainly cause Chardy sprayed some errors. Still not playing well. Looks completely off at moments, very passive, hardly winning rallies and seems that he has no clue how to deal with Chardy. Standind far behind the baseline and allowing Chardy to take the control. Not optimistic, really. Not moving well and noticed Grigor has tape on his left thigh...

nadejda
01-16-2012, 05:54 AM
this is really a mug match, Chardy is playing 100% on Grigor's backhand and it works. Grigor is very passive, let Chardy hitting on the backhand and losing easy points...Really thought to watch!

nadejda
01-16-2012, 05:58 AM
gets broken now after missing many break points! It is getting really ugly :((

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:02 AM
Boy, have some balls please, if you don't have any, it's time to grow a pair, cause I'm can't deal with this bullcrap!

nadejda
01-16-2012, 06:03 AM
Chardy saves a BP with an ace on second serve! Grigor needs to be more agressive as Chardy breaks down under pressure but he isn't...too bad, 3rd set is slipping away, Grigor serving at 5-2.

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:06 AM
Can't pull off a first serve to save his damn life, sigh...

nadejda
01-16-2012, 06:09 AM
2-1 sets Chardy.
Okie it is time to start playing more digressive! It is now or never!

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:10 AM
lost the third set.

If he really is such a "star", maybe he would man up and not let Tomic get all the attention...

nadejda
01-16-2012, 06:11 AM
I don't care about Tomic to be honest!
Just Grigor isn't playing at all, don't know why...

nadejda
01-16-2012, 06:16 AM
Grigor called a trainer at the end of the set. This tape on the left tight... I hope he isn't injured or something...

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:28 AM
Once again, wasted break points and let Chardy hold, can't take an opportunity for s**t.

nadejda
01-16-2012, 06:28 AM
not moving at all, Chardy placed some shots about the middle of court and Grigor didn't chase those. Not sure it is from his attitude or his leg is painful...

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:40 AM
I think he's in love with Chardy, or why is he feeding balls right where Chardy likes them?

BlueLighthouse
01-16-2012, 06:42 AM
I think he's in love with Chardy, or why is he feeding balls right where Chardy likes them?

Yep, I came up with the same conclusion. Chardy is particularly pretty today. :p

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:54 AM
Step it up!!!! Quit being such a puss!

benji47
01-16-2012, 06:56 AM
Yep, I came up with the same conclusion. Chardy is particularly pretty today. :p


Right? It looks like Dimitrov wants to just lay down on the court and rub one out already...

nadejda
01-16-2012, 07:07 AM
bad calls gatting into Grigor's head and got broken :(

nadejda
01-16-2012, 07:10 AM
calm down, please!

twitter:
Dimitrov waving his finger at the umpire over what he believes is a bad call. gets some boos from crowd

that was a bit of a burst of anger: Grigor broke right back!

back on serve at 3-3 at 5th!

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:17 AM
4-3 Grigor! C'mon Grigor! Just get through this match.

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:19 AM
Break point!

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:24 AM
5-4 Grigor

nadejda
01-16-2012, 07:25 AM
Cmon!

SwingVolley93
01-16-2012, 07:27 AM
Hes so close!

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:27 AM
2 mps!!!!

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:28 AM
He won!!!!

nadejda
01-16-2012, 07:29 AM
That's it! Epic!
He needed that burst of anger to wake up!
Well done, Grigor!

benji47
01-16-2012, 07:30 AM
Well, got a little help from his dear friend, a pretty major choke from Chardy.

But a win is a win! Was that his first 5 sets win?

SwingVolley93
01-16-2012, 07:31 AM
Nice match from Grigor very composed.

nadejda
01-16-2012, 07:32 AM
Well, got a little help from his dear friend, a pretty major choke from Chardy.

But a win is a win! Was that his first 5 sets win?

he won a 5 setter once for Davis cup, with a bagel in 5th!

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:32 AM
Haha, he's holding a baby now for a photo

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:34 AM
He's staying a long time to sign autographs and he's chatting away. He really is great with the fans.

benji47
01-16-2012, 07:35 AM
I love how his hair looks, please keep it this way lol.

Hypnotize
01-16-2012, 07:38 AM
I started watching in the 4th set and he played some good points but it looked like a very nervy match. Sometimes you just have to get through those matches and it's good that he did. He will have to raise his level against Almagro.

evilmindbulgaria
01-16-2012, 07:50 AM
Very happy with the W! Grigor actually was able to keep his cool this time and win the match! He needs to improve his backhand ASAP if he is to have any chance against Almagro!

Sonja1989
01-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Oh Grisho!! :banana: :woohoo: Now I feel bad because I missed this match. :sobbing: But so glad he won. :D

FedererBulgaria
01-16-2012, 11:05 AM
[I]Great!He found the way to win it when he isnt at his best..next is Almagro...after Fish,Almagro is a great top 10 player to meet Grigor ,we all know Grigor show his best against top 10 players and against Almagro it will be enough, 2nd round here we come =))

nadejda
01-17-2012, 06:27 PM
http://www.trud.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=1188816

There is an article here claiming that Grigor has pain in his knees... I don't know if this info is reliable or not, but I hope it won't affect his game tomorrow...

Good luck, Grigor!

Hypnotize
01-17-2012, 10:12 PM
I hope he's okay, he will need to play his best tennis against Almagro. I have high hopes and if he plays the kind of attacking tennis he did at The Hopman Cup, he can win this match.

FedererBulgaria
01-17-2012, 10:30 PM
Good luck champ

FedererBulgaria
01-18-2012, 06:55 AM
Haide Grishooooo cmonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:02 AM
He had to save some break points but he finally won his first service game. Go grigor!

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:07 AM
how does he looks? I am not able to watch only follow livescore and comments are appreciated!

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:18 AM
He played a sloppy game where he hardly got a 1st serve in and lost his service. The next service game he served a lot better and won it to 30. He's not playing his best at the moment so there's definitely room for improvement.

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:20 AM
He's got a lot of tape on his left leg so I don't know if that is affecting him. Break point to Grigor

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:21 AM
yep so it seems the same as previous match, however Almagro is no Chardy...

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:22 AM
Hi backhand has been great so far today.

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:23 AM
another break point

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:25 AM
He broke by attacking a short ball!!!! He's getting a lot of support from the crowd. Sounds like there are quite a few Bulgarians there.

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:25 AM
so much is tense and he is fighting! good to know

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:28 AM
40-0 great to see him attacking the net

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:29 AM
thank for your comments :) appreciated

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:32 AM
Crazy point. Grigor saved BP with an amazing drop shot that just died. Almagro ran to and got it over but touched the net and lost the point.

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:34 AM
Dimitrov holds! There have been a lot of great rallies so far. Dimitrov is at his best when he attacks short balls. Almagro is more content to stay in the rallies. Dimitrov's backhand has been very solid so far but he needs more first serves.

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:36 AM
4-4. Easy game for Alamagro

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:38 AM
He's found his serve again. 5-4. It makes such a difference when he gets his 1st serve in. He controls the rallies.

Mephistopheles
01-18-2012, 07:39 AM
Glad the pace has calmed down the last 2 games, was crazy fast up to then, i think Almagro switching it up as he was losing the fast ones... Grisho playing great stuff so far!

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:40 AM
Cmon Grigor!

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:42 AM
Grigor attacking everything. 2 set points

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:42 AM
YES!!! 6-4 and played amazing attacking tennis. At the start of the set I was worried but he really turned it around. His ground strokes are solid and he has a gameplan. Good to see

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:44 AM
:cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader:

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:45 AM
Great pass from Grigor 15-15

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:46 AM
Another great pass 30-15

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:47 AM
1-0 Grigor. Very solid game with some fantastic passing shots.

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:49 AM
go grigor! go!

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:51 AM
Almagro hits long. BP Grigor

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:52 AM
Another BP

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:55 AM
Crazy rally. Dropshot fro Grigo, Almagra got to it and lobbed Grigor. Grigor ran back and smashed it at full stretch which Almagro just got his racket on and won the point. 1-1

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:57 AM
phew
I hope he keeps it up that way too and keeping the pressure on Almagro while holding easily! Go Grigor!

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 07:58 AM
Sloppy game. Almagro breaks

nadejda
01-18-2012, 07:58 AM
oh no :(

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:05 AM
Much better game from Grigor. More 1st serves in. 2-3

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:12 AM
Perfect game from Grigor. Couple of aces, all his groundstrokes were deep and hard. 3-4.

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:17 AM
2 set points to Almagro

nadejda
01-18-2012, 08:18 AM
:sad:

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:19 AM
Almagro wins the set 6-3. too many errors fro Grigor

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:20 AM
Grigor had more ace and winners but he had more errors and didn't convert any break points

nadejda
01-18-2012, 08:20 AM
too bad and Almagro will serve first in 3rd ...

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:22 AM
grigor looks pissed. He's really hitting his ground strokes with pace. 15-30

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:28 AM
He holds from 0-30 down with a great backhand down the line.

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:29 AM
Another incredible backhand down the line 15-15

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 08:36 AM
What a volley!!. Great touch at the net. 2-2

nadejda
01-18-2012, 08:38 AM
does he holds his nerves well? I read he is agrueing for something?

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 09:30 AM
He was just arguing about a few line calls.

He's doing great. C'mon Grigor! Stay tough

nadejda
01-18-2012, 09:33 AM
cmon Grigor!

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 09:42 AM
13 aces, 40 winners. Good stats.

nadejda
01-18-2012, 09:47 AM
not good, got broken :(

nadejda
01-18-2012, 10:07 AM
not looking good as I understands...
exhosted completely...poor kid!

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 10:08 AM
He really needs to hold at the start of the 5th

nadejda
01-18-2012, 10:15 AM
hi didnt
run out of energy :sad:

Renalicious
01-18-2012, 10:16 AM
Noooooo! :sobbing: Fight Grigor!

nadejda
01-18-2012, 10:18 AM
it is over I am afraid
he might retire before the end!

benji47
01-18-2012, 10:19 AM
Just sad, him and Harrison, after all the hard work, get beaten by the exhaustion.

nadejda
01-18-2012, 10:22 AM
he cannot move at all

benji47
01-18-2012, 10:24 AM
This is just pure torture.

nadejda
01-18-2012, 10:28 AM
that's a pity end but credits for staying in the match and taking the bagel without retiring

Mephistopheles
01-18-2012, 10:32 AM
Looks like he picked up a right knee/thigh injury (maybe cramping?) late in the 4th set, a real shame as he was on course for his first slam 3rd round and second top 10 win up to that point.

I still think he has made a really positive mark on the tournament though, lots of interest and a step up in the level of his play. I think alot of people will be keeping a close eye on him now :P

Maybe this will be the year we've all been waiting for...

Mephi x

LawrenceOfTennis
01-18-2012, 11:50 AM
:sad:Haven't been here for a while. Grisho played really well until the 5th set. He is improving week by week, good luck in San Jose.

BlueLighthouse
01-18-2012, 11:51 AM
Good boy. Swallowing the bagel like a man. Get well soon.

Sonja1989
01-18-2012, 12:44 PM
Get well soon Grisho!! :hug: :hug: :hug:

misty1
01-18-2012, 12:54 PM
somehow i knew it would happen. Everyone on the forum underestimated almagro even though he's gone far here before. It is a shame though that what decided the match in the end was fitnes..you really woudlnt think a guy like grigor would be done in by fitness though

Hypnotize
01-18-2012, 01:43 PM
somehow i knew it would happen. Everyone on the forum underestimated almagro even though he's gone far here before. It is a shame though that what decided the match in the end was fitnes..you really woudlnt think a guy like grigor would be done in by fitness though
Nobody underestimated Almagro but we were all hopeful that Grigor could pull out a win. I know you love to come on here and be negative but he played fantastic tennis for 4 sets and it's just a shame his body gave way in the end. These things happen and he just has to learn from them and do better next time. I was realy impressed with the strides he has made since last year and he go away knowing he played his heart out. :worship:

Sonja1989
01-18-2012, 01:52 PM
^^ Sometimes if we support for someone too much, we all lose the reality but Grigor - as we saw in the match - had real chance.

But I still think lot of poster in this forum underrate Almagro indeed.

LawrenceOfTennis
01-18-2012, 01:54 PM
With his level, I believe he can win a smaller title this year. No idea which one though. Expecting very good indoors results in the coming weeks. Well, at least not many points to defend this year overall.

misty1
01-18-2012, 02:18 PM
Nobody underestimated Almagro but we were all hopeful that Grigor could pull out a win. I know you love to come on here and be negative but he played fantastic tennis for 4 sets and it's just a shame his body gave way in the end. These things happen and he just has to learn from them and do better next time. I was realy impressed with the strides he has made since last year and he go away knowing he played his heart out. :worship:

no, everyone did underistimate almagro. there were alot of people in the gm who were saying grigor was the favorite and that simply want true

Renalicious
01-18-2012, 03:40 PM
I commend Grigo for fighting til the end and not retiring. :awww:

FedererBulgaria
01-18-2012, 05:31 PM
Damn.... :hug:

misty1
01-18-2012, 05:33 PM
so where's his next tournament again?

..never mind, sorry

FedererBulgaria
01-18-2012, 05:51 PM
who cares now......

FedererBulgaria
01-18-2012, 06:19 PM
SAP open now may be :lol:

Mephistopheles
01-19-2012, 03:57 AM
no, everyone did underistimate almagro. there were alot of people in the gm who were saying grigor was the favorite and that simply want true

Right... everyone except you with your divine foresight?

Almagro is a great player, but his ranking is deceptive. His high ranking is built on a great streak of form on the south american clay swing, and a handfull of european clay court tournaments in the first half of last year. His 2011 grand slam record included 2 first round losses and his form and results in the second half of 2011 was not that of a top 10 player, with losses to Seppi [46], Monaco [41], Youznhy [37], Nishikori [54], Benneteau [81] etc etc.

Put simply, Almagro is a high ranked player in bad form, and Grigor is a low ranked player in good form, which we know from the Hopman Cup matches.

And from someone who watched the match from start to finish, i can confirm that the nature of the match was (until Grigor's 5th set injury) very competative, proving that there was no clear favourite, regardless of who you were cheering for.

Maybe some people did under estimate Almagro, but to sweepingly say that everyone who did was wrong and then present your own opinion as fact comes across pretty badly, hence the responces you got.

Sorry for the essay and all...

Mephi x

BlueLighthouse
01-19-2012, 04:17 AM
Besides the disappointment, it was a very entertaining match until his injury. Lots of fun points and brilliance from both player. What I like most is the interaction between the two boys (after Fish incident), they chatted (about bad line calls) and giggled a couple of times... Not everybody gets along well with Nico, so I'm happy our boy does.

http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy116/jessica4stein/Grigor%20Dimitrov%202012/tumblr_ly0rb2uKyk1r1nnogo1_500.jpg

RandyE
01-19-2012, 04:24 AM
Unfortunately I only got to see the match from the tie-breaker in the third set. At that point Grigor seemed to be controlling the match. Midway through the fourth set, Grigor got tight, missed too many first serves, and started spraying returns. It was clear that he did not have the mental and physical stamina to hang with Almagro. Add to that his thigh injury and it was all over. Too bad really, considering he was playing pretty well up to that point. Hopefully he'll be able to gather some steam and do some damage on the US circuit this Spring. If anything, his quickness and stamina need to improve - this will help him late in tight matches.

chantelle
01-20-2012, 09:29 AM
Did anyone notice that Grigor is not on the Entry list of Delray Beach but his figure is on the promo poster of Cherbourg 2012! Does it mean he try to defend his title of Cherbourg Challenger?:confused: Strange arrangement, after all the tournament after Delray Beach is Indian Wells.

Renalicious
01-20-2012, 10:25 AM
Please don't play a challenger... :o

nadejda
01-20-2012, 11:27 AM
oh I doubt to be honest, probably he is on the promo cause he won it last year...
wasn't this challenger the same week as Davis cup? Grigor had promised to play for Bulgaria this tie, besides he has to do it to be eligible for the olympics.