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01-15-2017 10:30 AM
Spirographus
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Originally Posted by alypen View Post
Evening all. Here's a link to an article about Grigor which may be of interest:
Grigor Dimitrov is ready to knuckle down and live up to 'Baby Fed' hype
Yeah, I saw this one. The part that impressed me the most is this:

Dimitrovís support staff was augmented last summer by the arrival of new coach Dani Vallverdu, formerly assistant coach to Murray. The unflappable Vallverdu, who had spent the previous 18 months working with Tomas Berdych, describes his latest post as ďeasy work, because Grigorís a good boy Ė he just does what heís toldĒ. Together, they have been trying to address Dimitrovís unfortunate habit of forgetting his game plan on big points. His groundstrokes might evoke Roger Federerís poise and elegance. Thus far, though, he has failed to match the great manís impeccable shot selection.

ďItís a blessing and a curse at the same time to have too many tools in your bag,Ē says Dimitrov. ďBut weíve been practising to simplify the game as much as possible. Iíve said that before in previous years, but I was never able to sustain it for a long period of time. Now I think itís going to be important to do that, and keep on with the same way of playing, even if lose a match 6-2, 6-2. In the long term, this will help me.Ē
01-15-2017 01:19 AM
alypen
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Evening all. Here's a link to an article about Grigor which may be of interest:
Grigor Dimitrov is ready to knuckle down and live up to 'Baby Fed' hype
01-09-2017 01:51 PM
CCTennis
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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL

January 8, 2017

Grigor Dimitrov

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

G. DIMITROV/K. Nishikori

6-2, 2-6, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Must feel immensely satisfying?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. I was just talking to my team, and, yeah, it is, for sure, one of the big moments for me. As I said on the court, it's been quite a few months for me, I think, on and off the court.

I think that was kind of an emotional win for me, but in the same time, it wasn't unexpected. I think I have put in the work. I think I have learned a lot. I have gone through some serious work and just -- you know, I have just been working on myself, you know, on and off the court.

I think at some point, you know, things need to start, you know, giving back to you a little bit. I just feel that -- first, I feel fortunate enough to be at the final, to be so healthy and to being obviously in such a shape. But in the same time, I'm pretty humbled, because I have set myself quite high goals, actually, for the first six months, and one of them was actually to win a tournament. And it happened during the first week of the year, which makes things definitely look a lot more positive for me, and I'm definitely happy with, but I'm just staying with my feet on the ground.

And as soon as I go to Melbourne, I'm going to just focus on what's ahead of me, you know, the heat, best-of-five sets, other players. I just really need to stay focused now.

Q. You are referring, I'm assuming, about how your rankings slipped down for you. What else was sort of eating away at you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't think that the ranking had such an impact on my performance or my mental state. I'm the type of guy that I don't really, like, look at those things.

I just set myself, and my team, we set goals, and we just need to reach them. Whether you're going to lose first round of tournament and go to the next one and win it, doesn't really matter to me.

But as I said, we sat down at the end of last year with my team, and we just said, Okay, well, you're 25 years old. You have obviously proved to yourself that you can play tennis, you know, your hard work and all this. So what's the next step?

Well, there you go. That's the next step. But there is still a lot ahead of us. And of course if you play well, perform well, you win tournaments, everything else comes with it. You know, you come to a higher ranking. Everything starts to ease up a little bit, but in the same time you need to get even more focused and pay more attention to the details.

Q. You said at the presentation that it's been an emotional past 12 months for you. We are trying to tap into has there been anything not tennis related which has been hard for you to deal with?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, it's just -- it's all together, you know. I mean, life itself, you think about it, I mean, if we don't play tennis, we're just, you know, home or trying to find a solution, you know, what makes you happy, what kind of lifestyle you want to have, what kind of rhythm you want to have.

It's obviously never easy when you can't spend time with your close ones, with your family. I mean, we travel 23 weeks a year. If you think about it, it's just brutal. And sometimes you need to feel, like, normal, so to speak.

I'm the kind of guy that I cannot just lock myself in the room and just think tennis for 24 hours. There is definitely -- you know, it hasn't helped me. And since I have been here, every night I've been going to the arcades, for example, for an hour and a half, been playing arcades. It's given me tremendous joy.

You know, it's something so childish, if you want to say it. Well, every time I was going to bed, I was, like, Wow, that feels so good. It's just something so small (smiling).

That's why I say those, I think, these 10 days that I have been here -- I don't remember having -- I want to say, for sure, fun, but in the same time I was very focused, played quite solid all the matches. So I was just -- overall, I just felt good.

I don't remember the last time I felt that good on and off the court.

Q. I didn't know we had any arcades left in Brisbane.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, they're great. Albert Street. Anything you need, Albert Street. Go from Nando's to, you know, anything you want.

Q. Video games?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I played motor bikes, we played cars, basketball, I mean, I went there with my fitness coach and we were -- I think we were the biggest kids out there. It was disaster. I have some videos. It's, like, wow.

Q. Did you find any difference between the second and third set in terms of Kei's performance? He took an injury timeout.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, for sure. I thought something was happening, but there was this one point, I believe in the second set, early in the second set, when I took a wrong decision to play that shot, and I felt like Kei took advantage of it, and I think that was my mistake in the second set from then on.

You know, players like him always -- they can sniff that, like they can just feel it. I felt from then on he changed his position on the court a little bit. I paid the price, obviously. Didn't win one point after that shot.

In the same time, I mean, it's part of the game, and one of the biggest things I'm happy with this week is just my mentality and my positivity on the court. Even though I was down or a break down or tough moments, Love-40, I was just, you know, keep believing. If you believe, you're halfway there.

Q. You're not playing Sydney, are you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No.

Q. You're going straight to the arcades in Melbourne?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Absolutely. Tomorrow night, arcades, Melbourne. I need to find it, so if you guys have some tips...

Q. Obviously winning a title, it maybe elevates you for the Australian Open results. How do you feel about that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, this is the type of thing I really don't think about it, because, I mean, nowadays everyone can beat everyone. That's just how it is.

Let's face it, guys, you have tremendous talent on tour, from No. 1 to, let's say, No. 100, let's say. Anyone can beat anyone.

Things have been pretty different lately in sort of tennis world. You see people are improving. Younger guys are coming up. So to speak traditional guys are starting to slow down a little bit.

We all see that, so let's not shy away from it, but I'm pretty focused on myself right now, to be honest, and I'm really gonna stay away from all that, you know, talk or the commentary or anything like that, because, as I said, I just want to do things and be with people in a way that makes me happy, makes me feel comfortable to come out there every day and under that sun, you know, 38 degrees or jump in the ice bath and feel happy about it. Just focus on that, to be honest.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
01-09-2017 09:45 AM
CCTennis
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GRIGOR DIMITROV BEATS KEI NISHIKORI IN BRISBANE FINAL

by: AP January 08, 2017


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) ó Grigor Dimitrov concentrated on fun and games at the season-opening Brisbane International, looking for something a bit different to his regular routine.

It turns out, that's what he'd been missing. Dimitrov ended a title drought that dated back to 2014 when he beat third-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Bulgarian attributed some late-night trips to the game arcades in downtown Brisbane for the change of fortunes.

"I played motor bikes, we played cars, basketball, I mean, I went there with my fitness coach and we were ó I think we were the biggest kids out there," he said. "You know, it's something so childish, if you want to say it.

"Well, every time I was going to bed, I was, like, 'Wow, that feels so good.' It's just something so small."

Dimitrov, dubbed 'Baby Fed' earlier in his career for his style similarities with Roger Federer, lost the Brisbane International final to Andy Murray in 2013. He won three titles and reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014 as he rose to a career-high ranking of No. 8.

But his form faded and he slipped down the rankings to No. 40 by the middle of last year.

That's when he had to make some decisions, refocus, set some goals. The first was to win a tournament in 2017 ó he's achieved that in the first week of the season. There are other goals, including better runs at the Grand Slams ó he hasn't been past the fourth round since a career peak in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014, when he beat Murray but lost to Novak Djokovic.

He entered the season-opening Brisbane event ranked No. 17 and seeded seventh, and could rise to No. 15 for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16.

"It's been pretty emotional," Dimitrov said. "This trophy means a lot."

He didn't elaborate too much on any emotional upheaval, saying it's part and parcel of touring so much as a professional player. But he did say he needed to adjust how he spends his time on the road.

"I'm the kind of guy that I cannot just lock myself in the room and just think tennis for 24 hours. It hasn't helped me," he said. "And since I have been here, every night I've been going to the arcades, for example, for an hour and a half, been playing arcades. It's given me tremendous joy.

"That's why I say those, I think, these 10 days that I have been here ó I don't remember having so much fun, but in the same time I was very focused, played quite solid all the matches. So I was just ó overall, I just felt good."

He beat defending champion Milos Raonic in the semifinals, improving his career record to 3-1 against the big-serving Canadian.

He'd never beaten Nishikori in three previous matches, and he had to save break points in the first game and again in the third. After that, he went on a roll.

Nishikori, who reached his first Brisbane final after losing three previous semifinals, fended off a breakpoint early in the second set and went on to break Dimitrov's serve twice in an almost reverse of the first set.

But the Japanese star lost momentum after a medical timeout for a left hip problem after the second set, and Dimitrov dominated before getting the decisive break in the eighth game and then serving out at love.

Nishikori said the hip pain was intense in the second set, and may force him out of a scheduled exhibition match in Sydney on Monday before he heads to Melbourne.

"Well, sort of it was OK, but yeah, a little bit sad to finish (the tournament) like this," he said. "But I think it was great week to start of the year. I had good four matches here. Well, I try to stay healthy next week and hope I can be ready for," for the Australian Open.


Grigor Dimitrov beats Kei Nishikori in Brisbane final | TENNIS.com
01-08-2017 12:54 PM
CCTennis
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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL

January 7, 2017

Grigor Dimitrov

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

G. DIMITROV/M. Raonic

7-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Obviously pleased with the way you played today?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. It's just one of those matches that you just need to be ready. Milos is one of the biggest servers out there. I mean, I knew what to expect, so I just had to execute the right way.

I felt everything went pretty well in the first set for me. From then on, I had, I think, a different mentality and different approach towards the second set, and I was just focusing on my game. I think, after that, I think -- that first break, I think, played a big role for me.

After that, it was just -- you know, I felt mentally I was strong. I was hitting the ball well enough. I think this is where I had the match in my hands.

Q. Could you feel the momentum change in that second set when you got on top of him?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, definitely. It's one of those -- you know, I played quite solid game to break him. I had quite a few passes, good returns.

Yeah, that was pretty much it. I think after that I was just solid overall, moving well, hitting the shots where I had to. And, yeah, I was reading his serve pretty well after that, too, to do the second break. From then on, it was a pretty smooth sailing.

Q. What does early success in a season mean for the rest of your year? Historically these tournaments kick-started a climb up the rankings for the players that have won.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it's always good to start the year -- you know, coming in the first week and being in the final, of course, that's the best-case scenario.

But my goals are completely different. I have a different approach, I think, in a way for the year. I'm really focused on the first six months of the year and the way that I'm going to sort of perform. Also, my schedule is pretty much based on that, so I'm just focusing on the matches and what I have to play. I'm not thinking, okay, if I win this tournament, I'm going to get that amount of points and I'm going to be better in the ranking. If you keep winning and keep improving, everything comes with it.

So, for sure, I give myself credit to be in the final for the first week. As I said, it's never easy, always a bit of nerves, you're a little insecure in yourself, you haven't competed for over a month.

In the same time, I think that's what we live for is to compete and perform. When you have a good start like that, you just have to appreciate it and just get on with it.

Q. What about your satisfaction that you're able to continue the momentum that you generated in the back half of last season?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I was working hard offseason. I felt I was working hard. I just wanted to keep that fine line, as simple as that, simplifying other things, simplifying, for example, my fitness sessions, the way I was practicing, what I was practicing on.

So I think that's about it. I was not trying to think how I'm going to start the year, or let's, you know, keep that momentum. It kind of just happened to be that way. I had quite a few tough weeks of work, but then, you know, I had to -- it's not easy to stay as positive as you like, but that's why also you have the right people around you to tell you that you maybe do good work. Because I'm very hard on myself. And even in the offseason, after brutal sessions, I was never happy with myself. There was people that, from my team, that had to set me down, like, Man, relax. What are you doing?

Yeah, I understand a little bit better what they mean. So, yeah.

Q. You have Kei next. You haven't beaten him. How do you approach it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Just like any other match. I mean, there is guys that I have always played, I mean, differently, I feel. Kei is one of those guys.

I think last year we played a pretty close match. I felt like I had my chance and my momentum. But it's just another match for me. As I said, it's the final. I'm not playing anything next week. So, for sure, I'm going to get out there and just leave it all.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
11-21-2016 06:02 PM
ch.tzv1
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Do you know where Grigor will made pre-season preparation for new season? In Miami like last season or?
10-30-2016 01:38 PM
CCTennis
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10 MINUTES WITH...GRIGOR DIMITROV

tennistv.com
29/10/2016

25-year-old Grigor Dimitrov is a passionate individual and lives a rich, rewarding life outside of tennis. With age, though, he believes that he is maturing into a proficient worker and more focused athlete. Heís confident that he can win majors and get to No.1 if he takes the right steps.

Back in the top 20 after a productive stretch with new coach Dani Vallverdu and ahead of his final event of the year at the BNP Paribas Masters, TennisTVís Chris Oddo caught up with the upbeat Bulgarian last week to talk about many topics, including his admiration for Rafael Nadal, surrendering to tennis and where he wants to be this time next year.

TennisTV: On your relationship with Dani Vallverdu, you mentioned thereís a closeness and a comfort there. Iím wonderingóis this the best youíve felt with a specific coach in a long time?
Grigor Dimitrov: Yeah, I think itís very important to find that balance between a player and a coach. I think we kind of started from one day to the next, it was a pretty rapid move for both of us, considering I still had my coaches at the time and he was doing some tryouts with other players. I think as a player I just feel that we kind of molded into each otherís lives pretty well and we found our rhythm pretty much right away.

But as I said thereís still a lot to get to know about each other. To work and to find even a better balance and start winning even bigger matches and of course bigger tournaments.

TTV: You are certainly off to a good start with him. What would you say specifically it is about Dani that you like?
GD: Heís one of those guys that likes to work. Heís work ethic is absolutely outstanding. Even after tough matches weíve been going on the court to keep on working on things that we could have done better during tournaments. Just little details like that in the long term make a bigger difference. I think it really, really helps, especially nowadays against the players that I have to face, to know that I have extra balls on them, extra practice time and all that. In the long-term hopefully things can even get better for us.

TTV: Your ranking has improved so much just in the last three months. Where would you like to be this time next year?
GD: This time next year hopefully I can be aiming at London. Itís been a dream of mine to get there, to the World Tour Finals. A couple of years ago I missed it by one spot so for sure I was sad about that and I always wanted to be able to play there and be part of it because I feel I deserve it. You know, like Ďwhy not me?í So I think itís pretty much the most important goal for me. But again, if we stay healthy and do the right work then everything can happen.

TTV: Is there a feeling between you and your coach that thereís a window right now? Youíre 25 and you look at the Big Four - Rafa and Roger have pulled the plug on the season; Novak and Andy will be 30 by this time next year Ė itís not that theyíre done by any means, but do you feel like the time is now for you to seize on an opportunity?
GD: I think regardless, the time is always now. In the sense of you have to beat those types of players to get anywhere you want to go, basically. I donít want to say ĎOkay hereís the crack, letís sneak in it and make this gap bigger.í

At the same time Iíve been winning quite a few close matches, beating good players, first time Iíve beaten players that Iíve never beaten, so thatís a step for me. Everyoneís got a different path so you never know, we see a few loose matches from Roger or Novak or players like that, but at the same time itís not like theyíve been playing bad the whole year. Itís just been a couple of tournaments. Itís kind of a mental game so in the end you just look at yourself and go on with the things that you have to do. I think the best thing you can do is look yourself in the mirror and say okay Iíve given myself the best chance possible. So, I think thatís what is valuable to me right now.

TTV: In Beijing when you defeated Rafa for the first time you had some amazing words for him that really pumped up the fans because they were thrilled to hear how inspired you were by Nadal and how much that meant to you. Besides Rafa, are there other players out there that also inspire you?
GD: I think there are a lot of players I can use for inspiration. Obviously Andy, for example, has been playing tremendous tennis lately and I think the older he gets the better he gets. Of course Novak, I can say a lot about him, but the reason Iím saying Rafa is because I feel I can actually relate to him a little bit.

The way he is I think on the court and I think a little bit where he comes from and his fighting spirit, so thatís why I say that Rafa is an inspiration. I think heís one of the greatest fighters in my eyes. And again, you know everyone has a different inspiration. And to that extent for what Iím doing right now, I have so many other interests in life, besides tennis, so for sure I can say that I have other things that inspire me, but when it comes to tennis, and mental toughness and work ethic and all that, Rafa is one of the workhorses that is just unbelievable. You can send him to war any time, any day, so thatís pretty amazing.

TTV: Youíve always seemed to live a passionate life outside of tennis, you embrace the arts, the fashion, the culture, the experience of just being a person in the world. How important is it for you as a person to be that type of well-rounded person and have that type of life away from the game
GD: I think tennis gave me everything in life. Everything. The contacts, the people, the life that I wanted, the life that I imagined, and I still feel every year that Iím playing, every year that Iím fortunate enough to play on the tour I always feel like, wow, thereís just more to it. I keep going and I keep finding something new each year, which makes me super-happy and makes life easier. Itís not easy travelling like 22-24 weeks a year, non-stop doing the same things. The rehab, the stretching, the taping the stringing, the opponents.

You have to fight through this every single day so I think itís nice to have a bit of a window where you can be like ĎOkay I need to open that window to breathe a little bit,í because at the end of the day tennis isnít everything in life. Itís a period of life that you experience. After that something else begins. Itís like a chapter. In my life, tennis has given me everything so thatís what Iím trying to embrace also - everything that comes along with it.

But, of course, with each year Iím feeling that Iím getting a bit more mature and that Iím getting more comfortable in tennis, and Iím starting to realise whatís really, really important and now I know when I should have the rest and whether I should or shouldnít go to this fashion show, so I appreciate tennis way more nowadays, and Iím enjoying every single part of it. Of course, when youíre young you also do some mistakes, you pay for it at some point and you try to just move on and put everything else behind you.

TTV: You recently said you had to surrender yourself back to tennis again. This was also in Beijing. You also admitted that you had some mixed emotions in your career before. What has it taken for you to arrive at this type of clarity? Is it a recent development for you?
GD: I think overall Iím a pretty deep person and I like to go with a lot of philosophical viewpoints in lifeóthatís how I like to see it sometimes. But I think there always comes a point in your life where you just draw a line and say ĎAlright, thatís it.í And I think this is where the man part of a real man shows up. The man always reaches that point in life where itís like ĎOkay, Iíve done my mistakes, so letís just give myself the best shot possibleí. And when you can look yourself in the mirror and say Iíve done it all, Iíve given myself the best shot, this is when that line comes.

Iíve always been a hard worker. Iíve always worked. Iíve never felt that I was lacking on the work ethic; it was just the right amount of work or doing the right work. Thatís what I feel was the missing part for me. Everything else was pretty normal, pretty natural to me. Thatís why at a certain point I was like: Ďwow, this is ití. And thatís how I surrendered myself and those are the things that are very important to me right now.

TTV: When itís all said and done and your career is over, what would you like written on your tennis tombstone?
GD: Well, a Grand Slam has always been on my mind. In my dreams and everything. I think that once you win a Slam youíve established yourself not only as a player but as one of those guys. And I often ask myself the question: ĎWhy canít I do it?í

I think Iím capable of doing that. I know I am. Iím saying, what makes me so different than the others? I work just as much if not more, but I still donít get it. I think definitely that and why not No.1? Why not?

TTV: So, tombstone: ďGrigor Dimitrov: Grand Slam champion and former No.1?Ē
GD: Yeah!

TTV: And last questionÖthe seasonís about to be over, are you looking forward to taking a nice break, do you have any holiday plans lined up?
GD: Iím actually going to go to Africa on safari with my family. Iím looking forward to it. Thereís still Paris to play so Iím just looking forward to ending up on a good note, then I can draw the line and say ĎThis what Iíve done this year, Iím happy for now, and letís get back to work after.í


10 Minutes With...Grigor Dimitrov
10-26-2016 05:51 PM
Mr.Cool
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Here is the article in English : Dimitrov, Thiem To Play Sofia In 2017 | ATP World Tour | Tennis
10-24-2016 11:53 PM
ali
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a good news to me, too.
10-24-2016 11:16 PM
CCTennis
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Great news
10-24-2016 11:16 AM
Mr.Cool
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Grigor will be playing in his home tournament next year (Sofia). Article in Bulgarian: ?????? ???????? ? ??????? ???? ?? ?? ???????? ?????? ?? ??????? ? ????? : TennisKafe
10-10-2016 03:01 PM
CCTennis
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CHINA OPEN

October 9, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Beijing, China

A. MURRAY/G. Dimitrov

6-4, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What do you think was the key today in this match? Your game and the way he was playing, too.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think the past couple of times, Andy has been playing really good against me. I didn't start my match the best way possible. Got broken right away in the first game. Very different conditions today. Pretty chilly. I think I just didn't have enough time to adjust. I think the previous two matches, I would say I've played indoors.

I think today was just different. Again, Andy's pretty much the greatest player this year. He's been winning a lot, a lot of confidence. He obviously knows how to move well on the court. All the credit to him.

I personally think I didn't play a good enough match to sort of rally with him throughout. Maybe the second set a little bit better. If the match would have gone to the third set, I'm not sure that I could have done things like way different. But just trying to take the positive side of the week, so...

Q. A bit of an unusual conclusion, wasn't it? Towards the end of the second set, you caught fire. I think you won 11 points in a row, then you didn't win a point on your serve in the tiebreak.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Just had too much up and down. Very different conditions. A little problem also on my string tension. I think I realized that a little bit later. I think I realized that later in the first set. Just small components play a big role.

Q. You kept running back and changing your racquet.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, just only one racquet that I changed was lower tension. Hitting conditions were very tough. I spoke with Andy after the ceremony. He said, Did you drop the tension?

I said, No. That's the problem. I didn't think I serve good enough as well. A good first serve with Andy, he's going to make you play pretty much every single point.

In a way, I did all I could do. In the end of the day, I'm on the court all by myself. I'm disappointed. I'm not going to lie. Played such a good tennis in the past week, better than the week before. I was hoping this time I would come out maybe a little bit different, maybe a little bit different attitude towards the match. But I guess wasn't the right time again.

Q. Did not being able to play your semifinal match against Milos have any effect on how you played tonight?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't think so. I mean, I think I've played quite a few matches over two hours, especially since the beginning of the tournament. It was kind of nice to have a bit of time off.

I don't have the answer for this really. I don't think of it that way. All I wanted to do is just play matches, play tennis. I mean, I think the past matches I've pushed myself I think over the limits, meaning physically and I think mentally. Today, I just didn't feel that I had another gear.

As I said, even if I would have won that second set, for some reason it was very hard for me to stay focused and be mentally at the same level. As I said, Andy's fighting pretty much every single point. You know you're not going to get anything for free.

So, I mean, it also would have been two completely different matches from yesterday or today. So you can't really compare it.

Q. Although you said you're disappointed right now, you still showed good momentum in this tournament, beating Rafa and coming to the final. Will this motivate you or give you more confidence in the next tournament?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think I'm motivated pretty much every single day to wake up and just get better in whatever I do.

Obviously when you get to a final, the disappointment is a little bit -- I mean, you're a little bit harder on yourself. So obviously right now I can't think really clear about how well I played this week or take the positives. So I'm not very appreciative at the moment, I guess.

Obviously I have to play the day after. There's not that much time to think. I have to put everything on the side or on hold and just focus. As I said, I have to play the day after tomorrow. There's no time to dwell on anything.

Q. You played Andy numerous times. He served 30% first serves in the first set and still got away with it against you. Has his second serve massively improved?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think today he served pretty good the second serve. He caught me off guard I think quite a few times. Especially in the body, he was serving a lot of body serves. Sometimes he was just catching me off guard, meaning I wasn't sure which shot I wanted to hit.

I knew I could run around and hit a good forehand, at the same time I felt comfortable hitting a backhand. When a player serves like that, it's tough to read his pattern. Even in he US Open he served pretty good. He definitely improved his game on the serve side.


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CHINA OPEN

October 8, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Beijing, China

G. DIMITROV/R. Nadal

6-2, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Rafa looked a bit of a shattered man when he came in here. Must have been a very good performance from you.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I'm pretty happy with that win. I'm not going to lie. I've played Rafa quite a few times. So many times I think I was close or like I remember a couple times I was cramping. There was just always something happening.

Today I just think I played an excellent match. Simple as that. I mean, honestly, there's not much else to say except for sure I'm proud. A lot of the work is paying off.

But, yeah, there's a lot for me to go till the end of this year. I'm just going to focus on each match, each tournament, you know, stay humble and pretty much just play the game.

Q. How did you deal with the first five games, five consecutive breaks, and you could have won the set 6-Love?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I thought about that, you know what. I thought about that a little bit. I'm not playing a mediocre player here. I'm playing a man that I really respect, always look up to.

I use him even sometimes as an inspiration when I'm down in a match or something. He's one of the biggest fighters for me by far. Honestly, there's nothing else you can say about Rafa. He has proven himself so many times.

I mean, especially after the first break, break, break, I was like, What's going on here? In the same time, I felt I was returning pretty well.

I think he was pretty aggressive at some point on my serves, especially early on. He was reading my serve pretty well. Even though I was serving good, with a lot of speed, he was just there.

I think after that first set, things were shifting a little bit. I still had so many chances throughout the second set, quite a few games 15-40. He came up with the goods.

With him, you never know. Till the last point, you just have to fight. Even when I was like 40-15 up, I served a pretty good first serve, and he just whacked that winner down the line. I was like, Okay, I know it's not over, so I better make a first serve at 40-30.

Yeah, I guess that was enough today. I know it wasn't also one of his strongest matches for sure. In the same time, I want to credit myself also a little bit for what I did tonight. I put him in a lot of uncomfortable situations today throughout the whole match.

So I think every little detail adds up.

Q. Do you think you changed something tactically compared to the seven past times where he won? Were you more aggressive?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, against certain players, I would say there's always maybe just a certain way you got to play. Against Rafa, he's never going to give it to you, so you got to go get it.

Absolutely, if you asked me if I changed a little something. Absolutely, I think I was a little more aggressive. I was trying to provoke for him to go for some of his favorite shots. In a way, I knew if he starts cracking a little bit, he's going to start doubt that shot and play exactly where I wanted. I think this is also what happened I think after the first breaks a little bit.

But overall I was just following my game plan pretty good. I mean, I was serving well, hitting my inside-out pretty good. I wasn't afraid to go to his forehand. This time I kept pretty good on my backhand side, as well. I was rallying with him quite a few points, which was good to feel. I felt like this time, Okay, there you go, finally.

Especially when you play that high looper against a one-hander, it's one of the toughest shots to hit off the bounce. I had to keep up fitness level, stepping in and not lose my baseline. There's just like little details that matter so much in a match like that today, and I was able to execute them I think almost excellent.

Q. Your season kind of went like that (indicating up and down). Was there one moment, one thought, that provoked you into upping your game again?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I wish I could answer that properly.

You know, I think overall the season hasn't been that bad, but I had bad results at some points, that's for sure. I think I was lacking in a lot of things on and off the court. There was a time that for sure I was not performing well, meaning I was not happy with myself, the way I was practicing, the way I was playing. There was a lot of things that in a way in my head I wanted to change, that I wanted to sort of construct differently. I think there was like a point to me that I said, Okay, well, it's just baby steps.

I think it's kind of hard for a player that has been there, meaning inside the top 10, and having to basically start grinding again. Knowing what I'm capable of, having to accept, basically I had to surrender myself back to tennis again all over again and get back to the basics.

I think it's been a great learning curve for me throughout I think the past year and a half, I would say. I wouldn't even say months, but year and a half. A lot of things made me realize that tennis is just a game that I love. I don't think I would feel the same if that wasn't going well in my life. You know what I mean?

There was just like kind of a lot of mixed emotions in my head, meaning, like, what would I do if I don't play tennis or if I practice even more. There were so many question marks in my head that at some point I'm sure every person goes through that kind of period in their life that you draw a line and you say, Okay, here we go, this is what I want, this is what I follow, this is what I stand by.

I created my own rules, my own world, my own people, my own friends. I think that period really helped me. In the same time, I'm pretty, like, happy and grateful right now that everything happened the way it happened for me.

But, you know, in tennis, you have every week. It's no matter to play one week good, two weeks good, it's a matter of keeping up that level throughout the whole season. I think if you stay healthy and you do the basics, I think everything is possible. No matter where you are, no matter what is your ranking, who you're with, who is your coach, what is your team, all that, I think that willingness...

Throughout those months, my composure helped me get through a lot of things. Of course, family and friends were there for me and made me realize also who is very real with me. Simple as that.

Q. What was the toughest part about playing Nadal today?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Playing Nadal itself is a pretty rough part. I think the toughest part is mentally, for sure. When you play against him, I think a lot of players can keep up with the game to a certain extent, but then you might get a little shaky, you might miss a few balls, all of a sudden he's back into the game.

There's a lot of obstacles throughout the whole match. Against him, you know that you got to fight pretty much every point. Yeah, I mean, I think that's pretty much it. At some point it becomes, like, a mental game, especially when you get out there and play against like a really good player.

I think that was it for me, to keep my focus and my game throughout the whole match. Of course, one of the most satisfying things for me, but in the same time was one of the most challenging things.

Q. Isn't this one of the biggest wins of your career actually?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, no, definitely not. I mean, for sure one of my biggest wins. But I had many other wins that meant more to me, for sure. Of course, beating Rafa has always been one of my goals, so to speak.

But as I said, again, if I want to be up there, if I want to get to the top, meaning not just to enter the top 10, but to aim even higher and possibly be No. 1 in the world, that means that I need to play against those players pretty much every single week and beat them on regular basis.

Right now I just want to look at it as just another match. Of course, I'm very happy and proud. Of course, I'm not going to hide that. But in the same time, I think right now I feel I can set my goals a little bit higher to what it is. Still I got to get out there, you know, semifinal match tomorrow, and possibly the day after. I just want to stay on track and focus on whatever is in front of me.


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US OPEN

Monday, September 5, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Press Conference

A. MURRAY/G. Dimitrov
6-1, 6-2, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Describe what you were feeling out on court tonight.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, first, obviously it's a great experience for me to get out there and play a night match on Ashe. Obviously I'm very disappointed from the result. I feel I've been doing really well the past five, six weeks, practicing-wise, winning a few good and close matches when I had to.
Obviously today I ran out of fuel I think physically and mentally. For sure I was a little bit overwhelmed to get out there, you know, playing that prime time match. Of course, it's a great experience for me. Andy right now is the best player out there. Of course, he deserves all the credit today.

Q. How difficult was it to play against Andy tonight?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I knew what I had to do. I didn't execute things the right way. I did a lot of unforced errors. First serve was gone. Andy was just putting everything back in the court.
I didn't feel he played unbelievable tennis, but I felt I just did a lot of mistakes. For sure he has a lot of confidence right now, a lot of matches behind his back. For sure he knows how to play in moments like that. Pretty experienced player.
So, yeah, it's all my fault what happened on the court out there.

Q. Did you feel early on that it wasn't going to be your night tonight?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: The thing is I tried. It's not that I didn't try. This is what I just said to my coach right now in the locker room. I mean, I knew Andy is going to play good tennis.
Even the first game I had breakpoints. Pretty unlucky I think the first game, especially with the two serves on the line.
What else? I mean, how would you know? I mean, anything can happen at any moment during a match. Obviously the first set, I felt, I mean, okay, it's just the first set. Slowly I think he was just getting his way into the court. He was moving me well, playing the right shots, just executing a lot of balls the right way.
Even if I just kept trying, I kept missing or I was going for a little bit too much on the shots. As I said, Andy is the best player right now out there for me, so he deserved the win today, for sure.

Q. How do you look at your US Open overall?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, as I said, I think it's been a great almost 10 weeks of traveling for me, starting in Washington. A few stumbles here and there, obviously a lot of traveling, a lot of practice and everything.
I'm kind of looking forward to just step back for maybe a week, just rest a little bit, just analyze what has been happening. But, as I said, especially the past five, six weeks I feel I've been doing the right things, been really good with my professionalism on and off the court. Discipline has been better I think overall. My game plan is a little bit better.
So I think things are moving a little bit forward. Again, I'm pretty disappointed right now. It's very hard for me to hide it. I expected definitely better from myself. But I just ran out of gas. I think not so much physically, but I think it was just more emotionally, mentally. I knew that I was just getting a little bit tired.


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