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05-24-2016 01:55 PM
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Struggling Grigor Dimitrov feels Ďinsecureí on the court as he exits French Open at first hurdle
23rd May 2016

A slumping Grigor Dimitrov makes a third consecutive first round exit at Roland Garros and admits his current struggles are "scary" and that he is "insecure" on court.

Once touted as the next Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov now finds himself coming off a third consecutive first round defeat at the French Open and describing his current struggles as ďscaryĒ and his feeling on court as ďinsecureĒ.

The Bulgarian, a former top-tenner, now down to No36 in the world and unseeded in Paris, was up two-sets-to-one and leading 4-2 in the fourth before he succumbed 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to No22 seed Viktor Troicki in a three-hour, 35-minute battle.

Dimitrov has not won a match since his meltdown in the Istanbul final on May 1, where he destroyed three of his racquets before forfeiting to hand over the title to Diego Schwartzman. First round exits in Madrid, Rome and now Roland Garros ensued and he admits he needs to go back to the drawing board and figure things out with his team.

The talented 25-year-old seemed lost and genuinely concerned when he addressed the press after his five-set defeat on Monday, with his biggest frustration stemming from his inability to find solutions for his troubles.

ďIíve lost a lot of confidence in myself,Ē said a dejected Dimitrov.

ďItís not easy to come off losing those kind of matches, those close matches. In the past years Iíve been winning those close matches and that gives you a lot of confidence and motivation and everything and overall Iíve lost a lot of thatÖ

ďIíve been there before but this time itís just kind of different. Sometimes itís scary of course, itís just really scary. But Iím positive and happy to come out and work and work and work, that never scares me.

ďWhat scares me is that Iím really not finding a way and usually Iím pretty good at bouncing back, whether itís from a loss or something else. A lot of losses have always motivated me Ė just right now itís not happening.Ē

Dimitrovís start to the year was promising, making the last eight in Brisbane, finals in Sydney, third round at the Australian Open where he took Roger Federer to four sets before surrendering, and semis in Delray Beach, where he lost to world No86 Rajeev Ram.

Itís been up and down since then for him and he canít decide why things ďarenít clickingĒ.

ďI think right now my serve is very off, Iím breaking a lot of strings on clay this year, today I broke six strings again, over the course of five sets, which is a lot considering we were changing balls quite often,Ē he explains.

ďJust small things that arenít working, a little piece there, a little piece here and you canít really fight it. It is what it is, you accept it and you try to find solutions. Right now Iím just fighting to find a solution. Iím disappointed. Iím very disappointed, itís my third French Open in a row that Iím losing in the first round, itís not like Iím playing bad on clay or anythingÖĒ

Dimitrov, who teamed up with Juan Martin del Potroís ex-coach Franco Davin in September last year, canít determine whether the problem is more mental or technical and says heís relying on his team to sit down with him and draw up a plan of action.

ďThose doubts start to come and once they come they make you very insecure on the court and then you have to change your game a little bit, whether stay back and hit some more shotsÖ it gets you off your game plan a lot and thatís not good. As a player when you have a game plan and you have to change it, itís really no fun. You find a way and sometimes itís too late and sometimes itís not working and for me right now itís both,Ē he concedes.

ďI do put the work in but thereís just hurdles non-stop that at least, Iíll be very appreciative of whomever from my team or anyone to sit me down and say Ďlisten this canít go like this anymore and we need to do something about ití. Iím very open to that kind of discussion.Ē

Some have questioned whether his failed romances with WTA star Maria Sharapova and more recently pop singer Nicole Scherzinger have been sources of distraction but Dimitrov insists the tennis court has always been his happy place irrespective of any off-court drama.

Asked whether he has considered seeing a sports psychologist, he says: ďI donít know. I donít think Iím there yet. I donít know about sports psychology or any of that. If for example someone from my team says Ďhey, maybe you should try thatí, Iím always open to try things in general.

ďBut I donít know, I think Iím not there, itís just more mentally for me when Iím alone out there on the court than outside factors. Whatever you have in your life in your life you have it, but then after you come out on the court it should be your nice place, a place that you can feel good, smile and play the game.Ē

The real problem is that Dimitrovís opponents can detect all those doubts he has in his game and Troicki said it played a factor in their match.

ďYes, I did (sense that he doesnít have confidence in himself now). I knew that, after his loss in the Istanbul final, where he was serving for the match, and he didnít play well especially this year on clay. I think he can play very well on clay but I knew his confidence isnít very good right now,Ē said Troicki, who next faces his fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic in the second round.

Struggling Grigor Dimitrov feels ?insecure? on the court as he exits French Open at first hurdle - Tennis - International | Sport360
05-16-2016 08:33 AM
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05-05-2016 09:19 AM
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May 3, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Madrid, Spain


7-6, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You looked a little bit uncomfortable, like you couldn't get into a rhythm. Was it just a little bit soon after the final or just the courts were different?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Everything is different, you know. It's a new tournament. It's a new match. What can I say? Whatever I say it's going to sound as an excuse.

I don't have excuses whatsoever for it. I'm not going to lie. I had a pretty rough final out in Turkey, and then I flew yesterday morning.

I didn't even hit on the courts yesterday. Today was my only sort of 20 minutes to adjust for the match. Only thing I could do is go out and try. I mean, this is something I have to accept and move on. I'm looking a little bit on the bright side. I'm going to have a few days' rest and get the chance for my body to recover, maybe go early to Rome, and hopefully it's better.

Q. What is the mindset now? I guess emotionally it was pretty hard for you past couple of days. How did you feel on the court before that? Is it a tough period you feel you're in now?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't feel it's about the period. I'm very hard on myself in general. I always want perfection. I know there is no such thing as perfection, but I'm always aiming to be the best that I can. Sometimes it gets to you a little bit. Like I wanted it too much. That also showed that I cared a lot. I'm not just playing sometimes a match just to say that I'm playing matches, but they mean something to me.

Yeah, the past days have been rough, but in a way I'm happy that this just is behind me now. It just passed like a little storm. Like I felt a little bit like a kite in a perfect storm, so to speak, you know. It felt all right, you know, so...

It's in the past, and only thing I can do is just put a smile on my face and be happy for what I do. I'm healthy. A lot of tournaments ahead. Just get on with the positivity and keep up the good work.

Q. About the Istanbul match, looking back on how it ended, what are your thoughts on it? I guess you can explain what was going through your head as the strings keep breaking and the warnings were piling up.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, a lot was going on. It's no fun when you break strings on such big points and in such big of course moments. As I said, it gets to you. That shows also that we're all human. I mean, I let myself down, and mainly like my family and my team. Of course all the audience. You know, me. I don't usually do that kind of stuff. It sets a super bad example for the youth, in a way.

It happened. That just happened. That was me that day. I'm not trying to hide it. I'm sure everyone saw it, so I don't shy away from it. As I said, I care a lot for the matches. I care and I was so close. In Sydney I was so close. I had a match point, then serving for the match there. So it just builds up a little bit, yeah.

Q. Did you talk to Diego after the match? It was obviously a weird way for him to win his first title.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, of course. He was in the locker room and of course I apologized. I know what is it to win your first title, and to win it in that way, I know it feels shit. If I were him I wouldn't talk to me, you know what I mean?

Yeah, I congratulated him and really apologized for taking that moment away from him. I can only learn from it. In the same time, in the heat of the moment, you just sometimes don't know what can come up. Actually I tweeted as well because I really owe like to him personally that apology.

I mean, I would've done it to whoever I played because I know it sucks.

Q. You said for this year you want to reboot and start over but get off to a new platform. How do you feel that has gone in the past four months and would you rate your year so far?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think I'm a better player right now. I feel I'm in a better spot. A few sets back, like they're not going to like really bother me too much.

I have a strong team around me now. We're just, working to find the best way possible. It's not easy. It's going to take time to structure the game again, everything. Everything takes time.

I feel I'm a better player than one year ago. Of course I don't judge this by the results or the ranking or anything like that. For me, it's important in my game. I feel, for example, like my backhand side is so much better and stronger, so I feel that I can count on that a little bit more.

Few other elements of the game are getting there. Now the only thing is to put it together into the game and to find that rhythm.

It's not about rebooting anymore. I don't feel that. I think I've established quite a few things around me. I've established myself as a player. Now I want to get back to of course where I was ranking-wise, and then think after that.

I think I've learned my lessons. I know the feeling what is it to be 8 and 28, so I'm sure when I get back there I'm going to do things differently and have a different approach.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
04-30-2016 10:30 PM
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Here is the presser after the semi-final with Karlovic. It was done in Bulgarian and I've used a couple of sources (my own translation), but I think there are a couple of very promising things in there...

Grigor Dimitrov reached his second ATP final of the season, having defeated Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (0) 7-6 (2) at the tournament in Istanbul. In an attempt to grab his fifth trophy of the ATP level the Bulgarian will face Diego Schwartzman, and here is what he said at today's press conference:

- Grigor, you play better with every match. What did you change in your game?

- Am I disappointing you? (laughing). I have nothing much to say, the result speaks for itself. Ivo is a very tough opponent and I knew I had to be patient and use every chance. I played two good tie-breakers. In such cases it is very important to stay focused and try to put the ball back in. Today I made several very good returns in the tie-breaks, placed the ball close to the lines. I got the mini-break, then another one, and that makes things easier.

- Against Karlovic there is no easy match. How did you manage to survive against his mighty serve?

- Ivo has many qualities, but definitely the most dangerous one is his serve. Indeed, it was a game of nerves. Especially in the early minutes as I was unable to put a single return of serve in or even find my position on the court, which is dangerous, because you have only two sets to come back if you screw up. I played well when it was important. Returns today were the key thing.

- Finals are always special matches ...

- I'll stop you right there. There is nothing particularly special to me in tomorrow's match. The way I think of it: Tomorrow I have a match, then onto Madrid on Monday where I play another one, so I do not see anything too particular. A match is a match. I do not want to burden myself by giving it too much significance. This will neither be my first, nor my last final. I just have to focus on myself and on my game, as I said in the previous interviews. This is the most important thing for me at the moment. It does not matter whom I play against, what matters is how I play.

- How did you manage to unsettle Karlovic in the tie-breaks?

- Ivo, tends to play risky in tough moments. And sometimes he does get nervous, I have noticed this in many of his matches. I knew that the more returns I manage to put back in, the more he would start thinking about where to serve, how to serve, how fast to serve. And in such matches that sometimes makes the difference.

- You look more settled and stable with every match in Istanbul. Will we see the trend continue tomorrow?

- Hopefully. As I said - the important thing is to go out with the same attitude and just play. For me this is the most important thing at the moment. Iíve got two more tournaments, Madrid and Rome, one straight after the other, then Paris. So the more matches I get to play on clay, the better. Iím absolutely settled at the moment, my game is gradually settling as well, I am becaming more consistent.

- Do the Bulgarian flags help?

- Yes, always. I've said this before. Wherever I am, no matter if I'm 200 km from Bulgaria or 20,000 km, Bulgarian flags are always helpful. I have a Bulgarian passport, I play for Bulgaria, so ...

- When was the last tiebreaker you won by 7:0?

- I cannot remember. Actually, that's what I was thinking after the match (smiling). Especially against such an opponent... I donít think itís happened to me before. I think it may be my first.

- May be not the last ...

- Hopefully (smiles).
04-22-2016 07:00 AM
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Grigor Dimitrov arrives to Bulgaria to become honorary citizen of his hometown Haskovo

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Haskovo is looking forward to welcoming its tennis ace son Grigor Dimitrov. The best Bulgarian tennis player arrives today in Bulgaria to become an honorary citizen of his hometown.

Shortly after the ceremony Grisho, as the Bulgarians like to call him, will play with the future tennis hopes of Bulgaria. This will happen in the new courts in Haskovo, owned by his father, who also used to be his trainer.

Dimitrov's stay in Bulgaria is expected to be short, as his forthcoming tournament is in Istanbul, for which he has to prepare.
04-21-2016 08:15 AM
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Bulgaria's Haskovo to Recognise Grigor Dimitrov as Honorary Citizen

April 21, 2016

The highest ranking Bulgarian male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov is expected to arrive in his hometown of Haskovo on Thursday.

During a short ceremony, which is to take place at the new tennis courts in the afternoon, the mayor of Haskovo, Dobri Belivanov, is to award Dimitrov with honorary citizenship.

Haskovo's municipal council voted unanimously in 2014 to bestow upon him honorary citizenship, making the tennis player the youngest holder of the distinction.

After the official ceremony, Dimitrov will hold a tennis lesson with the children from the local tennis club Haskovo 2015.

From his hometown, he will head for Istanbul for participation in the ATP tournament which begins next week. Last year, the Bulgarian reached the semifinals of the tournament.

03-29-2016 05:27 PM
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Miami Open

Monday, March 28, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov


6-7, 6-4, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In terms of your career, I know you've beat Djokovic once. How does this victory rank up there for you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I'm happy. Of course I'm happy with that victory. Every time you beat a top player you know you must have done something good.

As I said, I'm just very happy with the win and just focusing on the next round. I'm not trying to rank anything right now. I'm still in the tournament. Looking for my next opponent. It's a good win. Still in a way it's the beginning of the year. Clay is coming after.

So just focusing on what I have to do.

Q. Just a quick follow up. Are you surprised at how the tournament, with the Top 5 seeds, has been going? Four of the top 5 now out. Do you feel like that might clear a path for you a little bit?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You still have to go through everyone. You know, of course there has been a lot of retirements and all that, but everyone can play nowadays. I like to say that.

You still have to beat the player, right, whoever you play? Of course in a way if you look at it it's like, Okay, you have a legitimate chance to do better, but there is still a lot of matches to be played.

Q. There have been results that for your standards that haven't gone your way that you should have closed out in the last six, eight months. How did you keep things together in this one, knowing he's Andy, how tough he is, and it worked out?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I played quite a few times against him. I think we know our game pretty well, to be honest. I just played better in the good moments today. That's it. I had quite a few opportunities and I used them very -- I think I was just a smart player throughout the course of the whole match.

Even though I lost the first set, I kept a good composure. It's tough. Even though was 4-Love up in the second set I felt it still isn't over. Also the whole situation kind of sucks you in and you try to do a little more. Next thing you know the one break was back. So I had to stay in the match and had to be really focused.

I think when I was 3-1 down in the third set, I really felt that I know I'm going to get another chance because I was returning well, playing very good in the key moments. I'm happy with all those things, to be honest, today. Yeah.

Q. Were you surprised at how frustrated Andy was getting? He made more errors than he normally makes in a match.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I didn't see -- I mean, I just saw him on the other side. I don't know if he was that frustrated. I'm sure it's frustrating as a player to do a lot of unforced errors. I know the feeling. But it's part of the game.

As I said, some of the mistakes I actually felt like I pushed him to do. He had to go for quite a few shots today I felt when I was pushing him with my slice, and I think he was just -- at some point he was just shooting
some balls

Of course I didn't expect that, but I felt I have provoked that. That's a good sign for me. Yeah.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about I think you faced Andy in 2013 here the last time.

Q. What changed in this couple of years in your career? Also, if you have taken a look at the draw can you talk a little bit about your next opponent. I think it's between Monfils and Cuevas.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think that year, 2013, I started -- actually I played final in Brisbane against Andy and I was serving for the first set; came here and I remember I served for the first set again.

I mean, the one thing I felt I've improved is at least I'm playing a little bit better on those key moments against him especially.

As I said, we know our game pretty well so we know what to expect. But it's always good to have a win like that. I mean, again, I'm not going to hide it. I'm happy with that because it's still the best result of the year so for me.

On to the next one. Whether it's Cuevas or Monfils, I mean, two unbelievable players. That's all. I have pretty much the same respect for them, and I need to come out and play my game again and win.

Q. Do you fell less pressure this year than lastyear?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I try not to compare the years. Every year is a new year. You start from the beginning. Because I played good 2014 doesn't mean anything. It was just a good year for me. If I have to judge every year like that I don't think I'm going to improve at all.

So farthings are going in a good way and everything is coming together. So just patience, hard work, and everything else will come.

Q. This week we asked Rafa and Novak which players they would like to watch. Both of them answered Monfils. What would you choose and why?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Who would I pay to watch?

Q. Yeah.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Roger for sure. Rafa. Novak. Obviously these guys. I mean, I'm not going to hide it. It's cool to watch. I mean, I like tennis and I like watching good, strong matches, knowing that the players -- you knowing the players and maybe you've played against them.

So it's kind of nice to sit down at side and watch.

Q. (No microphone.)
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Not there yet. We're still competing against each other. I mean, of course it's maybe interesting to watch a little bit of Nick and Milos, but definitely it's the experience that sometimes you see the little details in.

Q. Sorry to ask you this, but people are doing some gossip on the Internet about you and Eugenie. I don't know if...

Q. Genie.

Q. Yeah. She was watching your game, so I would like to ask you...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Ask her that question, you know, who would you rather pay for a ticket. I didn't know that.

Q. Okay. Thank you.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Appreciate it, guys.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
02-20-2016 10:23 PM
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Grigor Dimitrov aka Baby Fed wants to carve his own path to top of tennis rankings

Grigor Dimitrov aka Baby Fed wants to carve his own path to top of tennis rankings - Sun Sentinel

Similar to child actors, the transition from teenage phenom into the cut-throat, competitive world of professional tennis can go smoothly for some, but quite bumpy for others.

Besides growing up in the public's spotlight as a top-ranked junior, Bulgarian's greatest male player, Grigor Dimitrov, has had the added burden of being dubbed, 'Baby Fed,' for his mirror-like stroking style to arguably the greatest player of all time, Roger Federer. Talk about Dickensian-like Great Expectations.

By 21, Dimitrov was living up the hype by reaching the 2014 semifinals of Wimbledon and a career-high rank of No. 8, as pundits were pegging him to be the next young player to break up the big four's (Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal) stranglehold on Grand Slam trophies.

Not so fast. Now, 24, and coming off two down seasons, the 27th-ranked Dimitrov is flying under the radar as the highest remaining seed (4th) in the Delray Beach Open after struggling past diminutive Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, ranked 88th, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an evening match Wednesday at Delray Beach Tennis Center to advance to the quarterfinals.

"I've always been flattered we resembled [each other] a little, but when you haven't done half of what someone else has done,'' Dimitrov said of the Federer comparisons. "People were trying to put you down, saying you're a potential threat, but everyone on the Tour wants to win and there's always going to be someone wanting to put a stick in you. At one point you don't want to deal with it anymore.''

Dimitrov's off-court reputation as a ladies man has become legendary after being linked romantically to world No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 6 Maria Sharapova and singer Nicole Scherzinger. His former coach Roger Rasheed told the New York Times in January that Dimitrov's relationship and eventual breakup with Sharapova, his fiance, last year, factored into his slide down the rankings (11 to 28).

Dimitrov, who has won four ATP titles on different surfaces, said last year's tribulations will benefit him in the long run.

"It was an unbelievable wake-up call for me in any aspect of my life on and off the court,'' Dimitrov said.. "Changing [my coach], Maria, everything happened personally. It's never easy, but nothing but love in that aspect.

"I realized what I had to work on and I also found out who really are your friends. I'm positive and in a great space. I'm enjoying [tennis] again. Ö I learned not to live for other people. It was more of a life lesson Ö I'm relieved the year has passed and all that's behind me.''

As for Wednesday's match, the 6-3 Dimitrov littered the court with unforced ground strokes but found a way to come from a set down and 1-3 in each of the last two sets before putting away the pesky, 5-9 Dzumhur.

"Just said to myself find my game,'' Dimitrov said. "I was patient, centered and composed at the end of the match. A win is a win, credit to Damir. Ö I found a solution.''
01-22-2016 01:40 PM
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Australian Open

Grigor Dimitrov


Roger Federer def Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4

Q. You played him a couple weeks ago. How do you think this match was different? How do you think you did out there?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, I think I obviously -- I felt I could have played better tennis throughout the whole match. After the second set, I was just getting a little flat, that's it. I mean, my goal this week in Australia was to play a lot of matches. I played around like 10 matches. I achieved what I wanted to, of course.

I was hoping to have a better result. I'm not going to lie. Losses like that always hurt, but in the same time I just lately haven't played that kind of matches I think. So, yeah. I mean, I could have done better. I mean, I'm not going to lie. Just haven't played that kind of matches on that level for a while.

It's good that I actually got the chance to do that a little bit back-to-back. Yeah, I mean, that's about it.

Q. I think I heard you tell the trainer your arm was hurting you.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Just a little bit of a sore elbow. As I said, I played a lot of matches. I didn't have much time to rest. Especially after Brisbane, I got to Sydney, I was playing matches pretty much every day since Tuesday or Wednesday. I flew straight after the final, then came here, played on Monday. Even though I had like a day off in between, it's just not enough obviously.

It took a bit of time to adjust, to find the right tension on my racquet. There's just a lot of small components that were not in place.

But I knew that I'm risking that a little bit. And, yeah, I achieved what I wanted to in a way coming down to Australia. So, you know, I just keep my head up high right now and keep working and keep playing.

Q. Overall things are going the right direction for you? 2015 rankings-wise, things were going the other way. But you feel like now you're getting your footing back and headed in a positive direction?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, I think slowly. Slowly, you know, the pieces are coming together. But obviously when you lose matches against obviously the top guys, there's a lot you can see that you can still work on. That I think is just a positive I think for our team. It's a good feedback in the same time to sort of see, you know, where we at right now, what we need to work.

And, yeah, just don't get discouraged in the same time. It's not like I'm losing every match or anything like that. I thought I played a good tennis at the beginning of the year, and that's important. Still a lot of tournaments to come ahead. So I'm really going to try to come out there and use all my confidence that I've built so far and, of course, keep trying.

I know that every match, it's a different match, different opponent. But right now I'm just focused on my game and what I'm doing.

Q. Do you think you might drop your schedule back a little bit to give you a little bit more space and time?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: We'll see. I mean, right now I dropped obviously a bit in the ranking. I've lost a lot of points. So in a way I need to play that to get to that level again.

After, of course. I mean, it's something that we going to discuss, you know, with the team and see how we going to sort of decide which tournaments we want to play and where we want to play in the same time. Of course, in the same time you don't want to fly back and forth everywhere.

But, yeah, right now the body feels well. I'm tired I think just mentally, mainly mentally than physically, after competing for, yeah, now four weeks almost.

So, yeah, I just need to relax a little bit and sort of look back at the weeks and sort of go through all the matches and see what we can, as I said, improve, see how the game is working so far.

Q. When you look back at the last year and a half or so, with some perspective now, do you see where you started to lose momentum or something might have started to go wrong?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think every season you learn a lot about yourself, I think, and of course a lot about the game, followed by everything else.

But I think, you know, obviously 2014 was an amazing year for me. But in a little bit of way I was just riding the wave. I was getting points after points, playing well all the tournaments, getting easier draw I think throughout the whole time. So that makes a bit of a difference.

Then, yeah, 2015 was just a rough season. I had problems with the racquets, you know, switching back and forth, changing the team. All that's a big factor, I think. It takes a little bit out of you. Your focus shifting a little bit. Next thing you know, you find yourself in a very tough spot. I think that's what happened with me.

But I can only learn from it.

Q. Do you think David Goffin can disturb Federer's game?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, he's a great player. I mean, I know David pretty well. Played quite a few times with him. He's pretty talented, of course. I mean, whoever gets out there against whoever, you know, has a chance. You never know what's going to happen on that day. It can be your time. It can be your time of day to play well and win. Why not?

So, I mean, I think it's going to be a good match, that's for sure. I mean, it's really up to those two.

Q. Do you feel like with Franco now you have some more stability, a good platform to build off of?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's started off good. It's still fresh, it's still new. There's quite a few things to put in place. But, yeah, so far, you know, I can't complain. You know, in a way, also, I'm just focused right now on things, whatever I have to do, whether it's going to be practice, gym or whatever I have to do, I'm just there to do the work.

I think once you start doing that, once you get on a really good roll there, everything becomes like a habit. Then you know how it's going to work, so...

Q. Are you going to play Sofia? If so, are you looking forward to it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Right now we still don't know some of the tournaments we're going to play. We're not sure what we're going to do after. That's for sure. Obviously for me it's just very important to rest right now, to really rest and sort of look back at those weeks and see where we heading and what we want to do. That's pretty much it.

Q. You say you feel like you got what you wanted from Australia. At the end of the day I'm sure you wanted to go further.

Q. Looking back, would you have done anything differently? Do you feel it was important for you to play all those matches?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, no. I mean, it's actually one of the fewest times that I've played a tournament before a slam. It's been a while that I've done that.

I don't regret it. I don't regret any decisions I've taken so far.

Seems to pay off in a way, the work. As I say, I wanted to play a lot of matches. I did play a lot of matches. Lost to quality players, twice to Roger, once to Troicki. That's how it is.

Q. You've gotten a lot of attention in your career for off-court life stuff, even in Brisbane. I'm wondering how you keep that from being a distraction.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, well, I mean, I'm really trying not to think about that. My private life is my private life. That's how it is. Whoever's next to me, it's my own business in a way.

You know, obviously I'm focused on what I do right now. That's it.

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Grigor Dimitrov def Marco Trungelliti 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5

Q. Could you tell us what happened in that second set?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. He played well. I know the feeling when you don't feel no pressure and you're just coming out on the court to sort of enjoy and you start swinging a few shots here and there. Next thing you know, you find yourself with quite a few breakpoints down, finding yourself in a defense mode for a little bit.

Yeah, that was that. Nothing. I wasn't really worried. It was just I had to play an extra set.

Q. Now Roger next round.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. I mean, I just played him a couple weeks ago. Obviously it's not an easy match. But I felt that I've been playing good. I have quite a few matches behind my back already.

I mean, it's exciting match for me, you know, to be able to get to the third round and play against him. You know, it's a good start.

I'm out here to perform the best way I can, and hopefully, you know, I can play better tennis and sort of play better I think than Brisbane and maybe do couple of things different that I thought I could have done back then.

I think that's that about it, you know.

Q. How about the Brisbane match? Do you have the impression he wasn't 100% fit and there was something wrong with his game?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think even if there's something with him, he always plays well. I mean, he never shows the opponents that he's down or anything like that. I also felt that I had my chance, I think, even after winning that second set.

But we all know how he plays. Tremendous competitor, all that. So, I mean, it's a match that I want to play. You know, I definitely want to get out there on the court and sort of have a rematch - with a different outcome, I hope.

Q. You played a few matches in 2016. How do you compare your game this year as opposed to the last few months of 2015?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, last few months of '15 were actually not that bad. Overall I think I played good in Basel and Paris. I end up I thought in a good style. I was playing a good tennis. I didn't have that much time to rest after the last tournaments. I just started working right away. That was important to me, to just have a good off-season, then come off to '16 fresh and ready to play, have extra matches under my belt.

So far, you know, it's been good feedback, I've been winning quite a few matches, gaining confidence. I think that's important early on in the year.

Q. Have you set any goals for yourself for the whole year?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I always have goals to play good at every tournament. I want to be 100% and give 100% from myself and be the best that I can be out there.

I think with each tournament, you never know how it's going to happen, you know. You never know, one tournament can change everything for you. You never know when that tournament might be.

Q. You always had tremendous groundstrokes, one of the most fit guys on the tour. When you started working with Franco, which part of your game did you decide to work more on, more mental or more power?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think it's a combined work for us. I think I mentioned early on that Franco has a different approach towards the work, sort of tennis and our working ethic is a little different than what I've done before.

But I think we've worked a lot obviously on the serve and return. I mean, those are pretty much one of the most important elements in tennis, you know. Just small things. You know, like now, I mean, I can hit the ball well enough. It's not so much of getting, you know, like forehand and backhand in, but to spice it up, the game, to sort of put the salt and pepper in the end, just the details that are very important to me.

And, yeah, I mean, and simplify in the same time, simplify everything around us, so...

Q. That match point in Sydney, did you digest it? How is it working now?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's tough. I didn't have much time to think about it, considering I came to Melbourne the following day and I had to play on Monday. I didn't sleep that night, that's for sure, I can tell you that much. I mean, I should have gone cross. I still think I should have gone cross.

After I believe it was over 20 shots rally, you know, I actually thought I could just, you know, sort of chip it in down the line, then be there at the net. But I guess the luck was on the other side this time.

Yeah, I take it as it is. There's nothing else I can do about that.

Q. It hurts more or less than one of those set points in the semis against Novak in Wimbledon?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What happened there? I forget.

Q. Three set points.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I remember that. That's true, yeah. Just open another wound (smiling).

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January 16, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

V. TROICKI/G. Dimitrov

2-6, 6-1, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Must be a tough one to take, the way it finished.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, it's never easy losing from a match point. It's in the game. Obviously was Viktor's day today. I think everything was pretty much going on his side.

Especially even after that first set I knew he was going to do something else. I think early on he got a few good calls, few good shots, so that kind of lift him up. I'm giving all the credit to him today.

Q. Do you think he learned from your match in Brisbane last week, which was close?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I didn't play quite the same player, to be honest, so of course I take the experience out of it, but it's just not the same -- you're talking the one I played against him or...

Q. Yeah, in Brisbane last week. Do you sense he kind of had learned from that, changed tactics, adjusted?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, not really. I thought he played the same game. I came out the first set I think pretty strong, and, yeah, was just playing my game. As I said, I was focusing on myself.

Also been a while for me to be on the final. I think even early on I was nervous, but I still played good tennis. So, yeah, that's that.

Brisbane was just a past tournament. None of the matches are similar to the ones you play before obviously. Every match is different. Different city, different courts, different surroundings.

Maybe the same player, but in the same time, you know, that's how it is.

Q. What do you think changed for you? You were in such control the first set, and second set was completely different.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think I didn't serve good enough the second set. I was definitely out of sync and out of balance throughout the whole second set.

I thought I strung my racquets also a little bit too tight because the temperature was a little bit different tonight. That didn't give me enough bite on some of the shots.

You start thinking about a few things here and there, and next thing you know the set was gone. I had no doubt that I'm going to play good in the third set. I had too many opportunities. I had I believe eight breakpoints in the third set and he put eight first serves. What can you do on that?

Just too good with the outcome. Yeah, I mean, that's what it is. There is nothing else than that.

Q. Is it going to be easy for you to put this result behind you going into Melbourne? Will it sting a little bit or forget about it right away?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It has to. If not, then I have some issue -- it has to. But in the at the same time, I'm looking forward to Melbourne. I'm playing Monday, so that's definitely not easy. Going there tomorrow obviously, first thing in the morning.

Going to get out on the court again I guess. Not going to have much time to rest. I don't have much time to think about it.

I think in a way that's going to be good for me. I have nothing else to think about. Just need to focus on one thing and one thing only: My match on Monday and how to acclimatize as quick as possible.

Going to get out on the court and hopefully everything feels well. I have no doubt that physically I'm going to be good, so, yeah, it's just a little bit also how the body is going to respond. Not going to get much sleep tonight obviously.

It's part of the game. As I said, the most important thing for me right now is not to feel sorry for myself or be pissed or anything. Looking forward it to it. I want to take it as it is. I wanted to play a lot of matches, so here we go. I have a lot of matches. Nothing to complain about.

Q. Would you say from that perspective - you played the maximum number of matches you could - mission accomplished for you? You got what you wanted out of the week?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Also the quarters in Brisbane, so wasn't the maximum amount.

Q. In Sydney.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, a lot of positive to take out of those weeks. Yeah, obviously I've played a lot of matches, singles and doubles. I've played a few doubles matches, which was good for me. I felt good throughout the whole time, so...

I don't know, to be honest. I'm taking -- as I said, I'm taking every match as -- I'm embracing it and just trying to play the game and trying to learn, but in the same time apply all the things I've worked on the past weeks.

Today, again, you know, I felt I did good, but in the same time, I think also my -- I got a little bit nervous at some point I think even before the match. I think even though I came out pretty good.

So that was something that I was happy with, because it's been a while that a match meant a lot to me like in that manner. You're in the final, so of course it means a little bit more than any other matches. Over a year since I was in the final.

It was great. So I'm happy to have that feeling back; happy to feel like those little butterflies again. That's its most important thing for me right now.

Yeah, I've played a lot of matches. Hopefully I'll play double the matches in Melbourne.

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January 15, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


6-2, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Very unusual day of tennis.

Q. Ever experience that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I was talking to my team today. I was like, When was the last time that I had to go off the court that many times in a row? I mean, yesterday was four times; today was twice, I believe.

But it's in the game. It's what we have. Just have to cooperate the best way possible with the weather and of course with your nerves. I also thought the mental toughness was pretty good today. I was tested.

So yeah.

Q. (Question regarding warming up and cooling down over and over; which is worse.)
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think it's all together. The fact that you have to like stop and warmup again and then go back and just stop for -- the second time I remember before the tiebreak I had to serve at 6-5. We were out for like eight minutes out of the court and I had to come out on the line and serve right away.

That's no fun. What can you do? It's how it is. In the end comes down to a few points here and there. If you're on it, you're on it.

Q. It was an unusual day as we said, but an incredibly successful day for you winning your quarterfinal and semifinal matches in one day. You must be feeling pretty good right now.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I am, I am. Been good day in the office for me, so to speak. Yeah, I was pretty tired yesterday, I have to be honest. Four times on and off the court and I played against Alex in tough conditions. That took a lot out of me.

When I came back today I felt good as new. I stretched, went through my routines, a little bit of a hit, and I think after I was very happy to complete the match with Alex. Then coming out the second match was just like I felt like was just a new day for me. I didn't think so much of the previous match or how I'm going to finish or what I'm going to do.

I was just trying to focus on what was important to me.

Q. Troicki in the final. Must be confident after last week?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, last week I was down a set and a break against him. He plays good tennis. All-round player. He knows his way around here pretty well. I've seen couple of his matches, so obviously he's capable of playing incredible tennis.

I think the match is pretty even up. You know, it was just one of those days it's a great way for both of us to come out there and perform.

Of course I like the odds on my side. Been playing better each match and feeling confident with each win, so that really helps a lot coming into a final or anything like that.

I'm trying also not to put like any pressure on myself right now. I'm playing well. That's all that matters. Everything else comes with it.

Q. Do you feel like you're close or where you were two years ago?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think it's hard to say. I think it's really hard to say. I can't really judge it that way.

Even if my ranking gets sky high I'm probably not going to realize that. Because as I said, other things are more important to me in my tennis and in my game. I'm focusing on completely different stuff rather than the rankings or how many points I need to win and which tournaments I want to win.

Of course I set myself high goals, and, you know, raising the bar to the extent I feel I can do it. But tennis is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Just trying to set myself up in the best position I can and give 100% from myself.

If you do all that, results, ranking and everything else comes with it.

Q. Against Dolgopolov you came from a set down, and the first half of the second set seems like everything simplified in your game. Do you think that's what you meant when you were saying you were trying to find your true colors the other day?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it's different against every player. You play against a different player every day, different style. I think one of the best qualities I have is that I can change my game right away. If something doesn't work from the beginning I know I can adjust and sort of turn things around.

I've done that quite a few times in the past, and so now I'm really not afraid of any opponent in that matter. Like I feel I can turn any match. The problem is like not to put yourself in that situation and to get that moment early on so you don't have to deal with it later in the last couple of games.

You never know how the other person will feel on the other side.

Q. Against Muller you lost two times, but this time you looked in control the whole match. What has changed?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I didn't want to lose, so...

I mean, I knew what to expect from him, but I felt I was really sharper early on. My returns were on the dot right away, which I knew he felt.

Then I think I broke him first game of the first set, so that was already a big statement enough for him. I knew he was very uncomfortable. You know, it was another break that we had to get out of the court, and again.

So I think that helped him out to find his spots after on the serve. He eventually played better tennis. I think thought the whole match I was just solid, solid enough, and I was putting the balls when I had to and winning the big points.

That was the difference in the end.

Q. Thinking about Australian Open next week, you think your game is getting closer to where you want it to go? You know what I mean?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I do. I do know what you mean, actually. Depends what you're asking me for that. You know what I mean? Like it depends what you're asking me. My game is getting closer to what? If I have to compare it to two years ago or one year, that is pretty irrelevant for me. After every year I'm playing tennis and I feel I'm getting better, so.

I'm never going to compare to myself to what I was two years ago. Yes, maybe certain shots, maybe certain -- you know, on the mental side, the physical side, yes.

But when it comes to the tennis side, I like to be mentally prepared and know that I'm better each year.

Q. (Question regarding last win in 2014 Stockholm.)
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I want to be in the finals, of course. Who doesn't want to be in the final? But I think last year I felt I had a lot of chances in a way. Even though the year didn't really turn the way I wanted it to, I still had a couple of quarterfinal matches. I lost I believe four or five matches from a match point in the quarters, so it was just small things that were just going against me.

I just couldn't do much else except accept it, come back, work, and next time you get another chance or something you go for it. Again, I'm not going to lie. Of course I'm happy to be back on the final. I'm aiming definitely higher and looking at the big picture right now. As I said, whether it's Brisbane or Sydney or any other tournament, it's just as important as any other Grand Slam event or any of the 1000s.

I'm just taking this very seriously, but in the same time trying to enjoy the moment. I think I know when you do that, you feel happier.

Q. We've seen some withdrawals here, and most of the top men's seeds are down in Melbourne preparing already. Do you have any concerns about the workload you've had in the last couple days?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, none. Absolutely none. I've done that before. I've played quite a bit before a slam.

I mean, that's what I want to do right now, play matches. So there is no excuses for me if I go there and lose or anything like that. I just don't really think about it. I have a final to play tomorrow.

Going to give 100% from myself. Yeah, going out to Melbourne, probably playing on Monday. That doesn't scare me. I'm in a way I'm kind of happy because I'm in a good rhythm.

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January 15, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

G. DIMITROV/A. Dolgopolov

4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Q. Congratulations on today. You came back for just a couple games and seemed to be on a bit of an express train and served it out very well. Were you pleased with how quickly...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I was actually rushing a lot this morning. I didn't expect the match before to finish that way, so I jumped straight to the court from the practice court.

I served well, so I think that was good enough. I knew Alex was sort of come and start shooting every ball, so I had to be ready.

I had a good night's sleep and I'm kind of good.

Q. Semis continuing like a bit of a return to form for you? Must be pleased about your form going forward.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, as I said, right now I'm just focused to get as many matches as possible and get ready for Melbourne.

That's my main goal. My job here is still in progress. I'm excited to get on the court again, semifinal.

Q. Muller next.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. So Muller next. Yeah, it's going to be a big match. Big server. Experienced guy. Tough conditions today, but going to be the same for both of us. Yeah, that's how it's going to go.

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January 13, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Three matches in Brisbane and at least three in Sydney. Obviously acclimatizing to the heat pretty well.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, today was not that warm I think, but it still was a little windy; tricky conditions. I think I played against a good player, and so I'm happy to finish the match in straight sets. I think that was the most important thing for me.

Yeah, looking forward to tomorrow.

Q. You played in Brisbane the last four years I think.

Q. Reason why didn't you come to Sydney? The way the schedule is...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think in the previous years I was in a different situation. I think right now I need to play more matches, as many matches as I can get early on in the year. It's going to help me I think with my ranking, but also with the level that I'm trying to achieve.

I've worked a lot on a lot of things this off-season, so I just want to make sure I put them into play and just make them as a habit. I think that's the thing that is very important to me.

And then, yeah, hopefully everything goes well and I can reduce on some tournaments so I can focus on the big picture.

Q. At one stage you were leading a set and a break, and I think you might have had break points for 4-1. You missed a couple shots and seemed very frustration. What was the frustration for you when you were playing so well and leading?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Because I want more. I want more from myself. If I can finish the match faster, why not? If I have the advantage, why not get a bigger one and save energy and also build up a little bit more confidence, anything like that.

It was just because I was playing good tennis. I thought I was playing good. I as solid throughout the whole match and I created so many opportunities, that I wanted to see some of them -- you know, like I just wanted to grab a little bit more.

But, yeah, I still felt mentally that was good. Didn't really bother me. It was more of advantage on my side, I guess.

Q. You play Dolgopolov, right?

Q. You must know him pretty well. A lot of variety. Talk about that.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, we've played I think quite a few matches against each other on pretty much all the surfaces.

Dangerous player. Never know what to expect. Especially here. The conditions are pretty suitable for him. It's faster court and a little bit windy. So it's going to be definitely a tricky match for me.

On the other hand, I'm here to play. So for me, whoever is on the other side, I'm not going to try to focus on him. I'm just going to focus on my job, on my shots, and what I need to do out there.

Q. So in the last ten days you played pretty well. Were you pretty pleased against Federer? I know you lost, but it was close though.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I'm happy that I played that way. Of course I'm not happy that I lost because I thought I had him there for a little bit. I played I think an excellent second set.

Just small margins, that's how is it on this level. Small margins. I missed one forehand deep and missed the slice, and that cost me the break in the third set. That shows you what it is.

Overall good performance so far from me, but I'm aiming higher each match. Hopefully everything goes well for me.

Q. You are working with Franco Davin. How would you rate your off-season, and are you comfortable with him?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think we've established a team around me, so that important. Yeah, I think he's very different than all the coaches that I've worked with. Definitely different approach.

Still adjusting to certain things, but overall we had a great off-season. I think we've worked on the things that are primary important for us.

Yeah, I mean, that's the only thing you can do right now, is just go on and play tournaments and matches, spend more time together, and, yeah, things will come together.

Q. What do you mean by he's different to other coaches?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Just different approach. The way I been practicing and different things that, for example, he sees in me that maybe I haven't seen, nor anyone else.

So I'm pretty happy with that. Yeah, I think that's about it.

Q. What are some things are you working on?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I worked a lot I think on a lot of my serve return. I think some of the first shots in my game were really sort of not working well enough, I would say.

Now they're coming together. Also a bit of tactics, plan, how I want to structure my game. Basically show your true colors a little bit, your identity as a player.

I'm still on a way of finding that. It sometimes is kind of tough when you have so many tools in your bag and you don't know which one to pick.

Trying to simplify the game as much as possible, and yeah...

Q. When you work with Franco now who has worked with Del Potro and he's a Grand Slam champion, was very good player, are you interested to hear about his experiences working with Del Potro?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, not really. I'm not that type of person anyway. As I said, I'm focused on what I'm looking for and what we're looking for as a team. Of course his expertise and his experience is going to bring a lot; I'm sure about that.

But I don't really question him or anything like that.

Q. You spoken to Juan Martin in the last couple months, and do you expect him to come back at all?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: If I have spoken to him?

Q. Yeah.


Q. But you've spoken with your coach and all that. Do you think Juan Martin will come back this year at all?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't know. I'm always a believer in a way. I'm sure if everything goes well he's going to come back eventually. Whether it's going to be this year or later on this year it's hard to say.

Q. Did you get to watch any of Djokovic and Nadal last week?

Q. Surprising, though? He beat him pretty easily. Is he playing that well, Djokovic?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I didn't get a chance to see the match, but as we all know, Djokovic is just playing unbelievable tennis right now. Everything seems to click for him right now.

But you just never know when you're going to get the chance and the opportunity in general. Doesn't matter what tournament you're on or which round you're playing.

In a way, as I like to say, anything is possible if you have the will and the faith.

Q. So maybe the young players, like yourself and Milos, are getting better?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think we all do. Milos, Kei, me, we're just working towards one idea and one goal I think right now.

I think at some point I think we're going to be great enough to have that.

Q. This year then?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Hopefully. (Smiling.)

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January 7, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

G. DIMITROV/V. Troicki

5-7, 7-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Happy to come through that one. It was a tough one.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, yeah. Good, good. I'm happy. I'm happy, that's for sure. Viktor is a pretty tough opponent. He served unbelievable today. I think I was definitely struggling a little bit at the beginning of the match.

But, yeah, I mean, it was good. It was a good match for me. That's how I see it. And I'm happy that after two hours 45 minutes my body felt really well. I took the heat pretty good.

So, yeah, on to the next one.

Q. What do you step away from that match like that most proud of? Is it the fight? A big shot? What's the positive?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think quite a few good shots, and I think I fought really hard. I think I was down a set and a break, so that was -- I mean, it's not easy to regroup and get back into a good rhythm.

But, yeah, just physically I was happy because I knew I was wearing him down a lot and playing my game a little bit more towards the end of second set and the whole third set.

So that gave me a lot of confidence, and in the same time a lot of fuel to keep going and to end up the match in that style.

Q. You might play Roger tomorrow. Can you comment on that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, it's not going to be my first match against Roger. We all know Roger. There is nothing new we can say about that.

I'm going to focus on my game. The most important thing for me right now is to focus on myself and the game and just try to put my game the way I want it. You know, structure it what I've been practicing, working on, and if he comes up with the goods, that's fine.

Q. Can you talk about your coaching situation? You changed coaches twice I think last year.

Q. Didn't you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, not twice. No, I stopped work with Rasheed, and then, yeah, started working with Johan ÷rtegren. Yeah, towards the end of the year I put Franco Davin on board so that's...

Q. You're still with the same...

Q. I thought Davin was like...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, no, it's just all official now. That's how we structured the seem. Yeah, we spend quite a bit of time together in the off-season. We had good sessions, good days on the court.

Yeah, year has begun, so let's keep going.

Q. You're still with the Good to Great Academy?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I'm not with them. Just Johan, the guy who works with them.

Q. In the off-season did you change anything in particular?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Not really. I think just worked on details, minor things. I kept my fitness level pretty good, which I was very happy with.

Just worked a lot. That was it. It's about repetitions and see basically how the past year passed. I just wanted to see how -- like how Franco sees the game or if we're on the same page and all that.

So took a bit of time to find the right rhythm and the right exercises and everything. It's all about routines in the end of the day.

So, yeah, we had quite a few good days, as I said out there on the court. Yeah, it's all about playing matches right now.

Q. So in 2016 do you need to be more consistent this year? More aggressive?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I think I've always been aggressive when I play. I think that's my style, I think. But consistency is always the key. I think if you play well and have consistent results everything else come with it.

Yeah, just want to play. Just want to play. That's all I want to do right now. And focus one match at time, and whatever the outcome is, to put my head down and just keep working again until one day everything just becomes better and better.

Q. Are those the kind of matches, like the one today, that you feel like you've got to execute more this season to get back into the top 10?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. First match I played Simon. That's not the best draw you want to get. Then again Viktor is a top 20 player for the past year. We have to go through matches like that. There is not an easy match going to be out there for me.

But I know what it is. It's not my first time. Yeah, sometimes you got to play on the outside courts. Yeah, just got to go back to the basics. But I think, I mean, I enjoy it. I enjoy what I do, so I don't look at it that way.

Q. Surprised at about Federer? He's 34 years old and still ranked No. 3. Gets to the top all the time. Pretty amazing overall?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, of course. Of course. I mean, the results speak for themselves. Yeah, what can you say about it? Everything is just said and done out there and he's still one of the best competitors out there. I mean, the greatest player out there.

So, yeah, I mean, I'm sure there is still a lot to come. It's just how it is. If you love the game and obviously you've achieved a lot, everything becomes pretty natural after that, I suppose.

Q. With Djokovic, is he going to win another three slams this year? Four slams? Is he actually playing that well?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I haven't played with him I think the past year. He won everything that was out there. You never know. If he keeps going that way and if he keeps performing the way he's been performing the past years, everything is possible.

As I said, there is a lot of us that are also like pretty hungry and we want to win and we want to prove ourselves. So let's see how the year would unfold first.

Q. Was there some frustration at the end with the chair umpire as far as calls during the match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. I mean, it's normal when you don't have the Hawk-Eye and a little bit of shade here and there. Tends to get -- you know, you a little tense if it's a tough point or -- and then you have a tough call.

So that's inevitable part sometimes. I apologize, whatever it is. No, we're all good in the end.

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