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01-28-2017 01:09 PM
Re: News & Articles about Grigor


Grigor Dimitrov 27-01-17

Rafael Nadal def Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4

Q. You've had a little bit of time to digest. What are your feelings after that epic match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's never easy to lose a match like that. I'm happy, though, with a lot of things. I'm going to stay positive and keep my head up high.

For sure Rafa deserves pretty much all the credit right now since he's such a fighter, such a competitor. At the same time it was an honor for me to play a match like that against him. It also shows me that I'm in a good way, I'm on the right path.

Yeah, I'm just trying to take all the positives out of this month in Australia. I'm sure I'm going to look back at that match and see what I could have done better.

But at least one thing I can say is that I left it all out on the court. I'm proud of that. I'm proud of my team. Proud of my coach. Everyone that has taken care of me that month, it's been super intense. We can relax for a little bit now and get back to work.

Q. Even if you lost, has this been the most exciting match you have been involved in in your career?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I would rate it one of those ones. I think it's the first time actually I'm playing a match over four and a half hours. I don't know if I've played more than that. So it's great. It's so nice to be part of it. Unfortunately not the way I wanted things to be.

On the other side, I had a super experience with that player, in the face of Rafa. As I said, I mean, he really shows why he's Rafa today.

Q. He said he felt tired, some wariness in the fifth set. You looked fresh in the fifth set. Talk about how you stood up to him physically.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, that's a good question. I felt good overall. Yeah, even if the fifth hour was passing by, I still felt that I had a lot of energy to go, which was nice for me.

Plus I've been staying up late, like, a lot of nights. I didn't feel sleepy or anything, which is a good sign. And physically it's been great. I'm just happy there was no cramping or anything like that, since I had quite a few notorious big cramps against him.

Yeah, I'm just happy that physically I was good. I felt that he was going, like, a little bit slower at some point. I mean, again, he's such an experienced player that he knew exactly what to do in those moments. I think that was the key. Especially the two breakpoints I had the fifth set. Even on the first one I felt I could have done maybe a little bit more with that shot, but I didn't really do it. Then he stepped in. I mean, this is what a great player does, you know, takes the momentum out of you. He did do an exceptional shot.

Yeah, but overall I'm very pleased with my fitness right now.

Q. You had three breakpoints.

Q. Don't you think you were a bit unlucky when you lost your serve because there was a net cord that helped him.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, that's in the game. I cannot control the weather, the wind, the lines, let calls. It's just the way it is. I mean, I wish I could -- there's 10 other things I wish could have gone better for me in some of the sets, but it didn't.

Yeah, on that note there's not much else I can say, except I was just trying to focus on my game and what I was doing out on the court. It's as simple as that.

Q. How does the disappointment you're experiencing now compare to those in the past? Does the fact that you were so close tonight make it easier or harder?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't want to say -- for sure it's a disappointment to me, but I don't want to get too down on it because it's just my second Grand Slam semifinal. I'm building on that.

I'm sure I'm going to look back on that match. As I said, I'm going to see what I could have done better. That's also built up an experience. I really need to take the positives out of it.

I just don't want to put my head down for a second right now, especially when I'm feeling good, I'm competing great. Physically I'm getting there. Despite the disappointment, that's going to feed me, I think, for the upcoming events.

The one thing that's going to be hard for me the first three or four days, to really absorb that, like, Wow, I was so close. I need to appreciate it. At the same time I'm appreciating my run so far. It's been a great start of the year. It doesn't happen often that you come off from 10 matches in a row.

Yeah, in the same time I want to give myself a little bit of credit, just get on with it.

Q. Whatever the rankings may say, how well do you think you're playing at the moment? Top five, top eight?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I've never been a fan of those numbers. The game speaks for itself.

Q. Last year you beat him. He passed 30. He had tough games here. You played four and a half hours. 4-3, 40-15, five points from your first Grand Slam final, he comes up with big shots. Did you expect that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course, it's what the greatest player do.

Q. Were you surprised how much you were able to dictate over the course of the match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I was not surprised at all because I had a clean game plan. I knew what I had to do. I knew what he would do, in a way. He changed the way he played against me I think last year, late last year in Beijing. He changed his pattern a little bit on his serve. I felt that right away.

But other than that, again, I was very focused on what I had to do. Whoever's on the other side, you know, they have their weapons, and you have your weapons. How the cards fall in the end, that's entirely up to the game.

Q. The Nadal-Federer rivalry is one of the greatest. You were in a position today to change history. Did that cross your mind at all that you could change history or create your own?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, who doesn't want to create history, especially when we are in such a competitive sport. Of course, everyone is going to see that final now. Including me, I'm going to watch it for sure.

It's super amazing. It's great for the sport again. But, you know, during the match you don't think about that kind of stuff. For me, again, just focused on what I had to do. This is what I've been doing the past month.

Q. Players don't like to make predictions, but considering the surface and the situation of Federer and Nadal, do you see one of those two as a favorite?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: We've seen all kind of scenarios in the past when those two are playing. It's not a place for me to comment on that, to be honest. I just know that two of the greatest players of tennis are going to square off on Sunday, and it's going to be a freakin' amazing match.

Q. Does it feel any different than Wimbledon 2014 when you were in the semis?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It felt familiar. I wasn't as nervous. I think Wimbledon, I was very nervous for a set and a half. I'm not going to lie. I was just nervous. Today I just woke up, Well, just another match, man. Like you're building up, and this is what my coach Daniel was telling me about. We were just trying to get on with the day, simple as that.

I think if you really aim higher and you expect more from yourself, you cannot allow yourself to think that way.

Q. You're not a big fan of stats, but did you ever lose a match with 79 winners?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I never looked at the stats, so I cannot answer that.

Q. You must have worked very hard to play the way you played tonight, so congratulations.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Thank you. Thank you, guys. Appreciate it. Have a good one.

Grigor Dimitrov 27-01-17 - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2017 - Official Site by IBM
01-26-2017 08:37 AM
Re: News & Articles about Grigor


by: STEVE TIGNOR January 25, 2017

Even when a player’s results dramatically improve, it can be difficult to put your finger on what exactly has changed about his or her game. The grips, the strokes, the tactics, the movements, the mannerisms and the facial expressions are likely to look the same as they ever did. And so far that has been the case, at least for this observer, during Grigor Dimitrov’s sudden run of brilliance in 2017.

As of two years ago, the boy once known as Baby Fed had dropped out of the Top 10 and been chalked up by most fans as a lost cause. He was style over substance, a cautionary tale about talent gone to waste; the leader of Generation Soft, a group that appeared destined to spend their careers toiling futilely in the shadows of the Big Four.

Now Dimitrov has won his first 10 matches of 2017, a run that has taken him to his second Grand Slam semifinal (and first since 2014), and includes real-deal Top 20 wins over Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Richard Gasquet and David Goffin. Even for hardened tennis fans, it has been a thrilling ride. Dimitrov, at his best, really does play the same type of appealingly varied and aggressive tennis that has made Federer the most popular player of this era.

What has changed so drastically?

My first observation was a simple and unhelpful one: “The shots that he used to hit out are now all going in.” In Brisbane and now Melbourne, Dimitrov has been setting up for his forehand earlier and hitting it for winners more often. His one-handed backhand, which has often been a shank-riddled liability in the past, has become steadier. And twice at the Aussie, against Denis Istomin and Hyeon Chung, Dimitrov has taken a quick first-set loss in stride and bounced right back to win in four.

Yet all of those things are the effects of improvement; the causes have remained a mystery.

It wasn’t until Dimitrov was asked, “In which specific ways have you matured?” that something in his answer clicked with me.

“I think my focus has been good,” Dimitrov said. “The mentality has been there. I’ve been present when I’m playing matches.”

“I’ve been present”: That was it. Watching Dimitrov for much of 2015 and 2016, he looked absent much of the time. His eyes were hollow and his body seemed to be going through the motions of playing tennis. The poor results weren’t a surprise. While Dimitrov isn’t any more demonstrative than he has been in the past, in 2017 the eyes are alive and the walk is determined again.

Dimitrov has taken his share of rides on the tennis-coaching carousel over the years. He’s been to Sweden, Paris and Southern California, and worked with people as varied as Peter McNamara and Franco Davin. Until now, he had his best run with Roger Rasheed, an Australian taskmaster known for his motivational skills. It seemed that the placid Dimitrov needed someone who was his opposite to kick him into gear. This time, though, he’s succeeding with a coach, Dani Vallverdu, who is just as mellow as he is. Opposites can attract, but compatibility usually works better in the long run.

“Now that I’m working with Dani, it’s also nice to have someone you can really get close to and share a lot,” Dimitrov told last summer. “We’re simplifying things, working on the right things in a way that helps you become a little bit calmer.”

According to Dimitrov, that can involve playing a match and then immediately going out to hone specific aspects of his game.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work, even after matches— working on small details, whether it’s backhand cross or backhand down the line—to try to make everything a little bit more automatic and lose yourself in the game,” he said.

“He’s determined to play the best tennis he can,” Vallverdu said. “During the past year he’s been struggling to find his own identity; he didn’t know which kind of player he was.”

Dimitrov and Vallverdu talk a lot about the Bulgarian’s “identity.” As a longtime prodigy sponsored by Nike, he tried too hard in the past to be a star, rather than just a player, and spread himself too thin.

“I have so many different interests in so many areas that sometimes I just need to chill, step back and let it be,” Dimitrov told

Dimitrov, according to player and coach, was also spreading himself too thin on court. As was often said of the young Federer, Dimitrov had too many options; he needed to learn to pick the right one for the right occasion.

Once again, though, when it comes to shot selection, the differences in Dimitrov’s game from last year to this year are subtle. He’s using his backhand slice more, and more effectively. He’s doing more with his mid-court forehands when he gets them. He’s changing paces on his serve. But that doesn’t add up to a radical shift in his approach.

Mostly, I think there’s been a mindset change. When your coach says “keep it simple,” you tend to relax and play more instinctively. That alone is enough to help most players improve.

Dimitrov’s improvement could be seen most clearly at the end of the first set of his impressively one-sided 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 quarterfinal win over David Goffin, a player four spots ahead of him in the rankings.

The match was all even through the first seven games. The rallies were long, a fact that would normally favor Goffin. But it was Dimitrov who held firm, stayed patient and got his opponent to crack. With Goffin serving at 3-4, Dimitrov won a long game on his fourth break point.

In that rally, Dimitrov had a number of chances to go for an outright winner with his forehand from behind the baseline. The old Grigor would have pulled the trigger; after all, we’re always told that “being aggressive” is the only way to play. Instead, Dimitrov held his fire, sent a few forceful but safe rally balls back, and waited for something better. Goffin eventually missed, and Dimitrov never trailed again.

There’s a fine line between patience and passivity in tennis, and a fine line between using your weapons and overusing them. Dimitrov is learning to stay on the right side of both. It’s a subtle, almost invisible shift, but an exciting one. And it may be enough to give the boy once known as Baby Fed a new identity: Grand Slam champion.

Dimitrov says he's found his tennis identity; Could it be Slam champ? |
01-25-2017 04:42 PM
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Grigor Dimitrov 25-01-17

Grigor Dimitrov def David Goffin 6-3 6-2 6-4

Q. Did you think it was going to be as straightforward as that after the first four games?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, absolutely not. I mean, I knew David is going to fight till the end. I think the first four, five games were a bit tight from both ends. I was trying to find the right groove.

The conditions were a little bit tough today. It was a little bit windy on one side. You had to find your way around the court. Toss on the serve as well. There were just a few details that I felt I had to fix in a better way.

After the first set, I felt a little bit better, for sure. Then I felt I was in control of the match after that.

Q. You had a low period in the middle of last year. You're playing incredibly well now. Was there any one point you can look back on as the turning point in your fortunes?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I don't think so. I don't think there was one particular moment where it was, Oh, wow, now I'm starting to play good again.

I think I just keep doing the things that I was doing, what I was believing in. But, again, I think I have to give a lot of credit to my team, especially to my coach, to Daniel, to my fitness guy Sebastien, and then the other people that were there for me at the tough time.

We kept on working. We kept on doing the right things. Yeah, I mean, I think that was one of my biggest supports. I don't want to forget my family. Those two components were really amazing.

I think that was it for me. I mean, I never felt that I was doing something wrong wrong. I just felt that I was not playing and practicing well, not doing the right things.

But, yeah, with the right set of people, things started to slowly move forward for me. Now I think I'm just in a good place.

Q. You're in another semifinal. You've only dropped a couple of sets for the tournament. What makes you feel like you're able to go one step further this time?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, all the things. I feel like I have all the tools to go further, and my job isn't over yet. I'm looking forward to my match on Friday. I think I'm prepared. I think I'm ready to go the distance.

I don't shy away from that. I'm confident enough to say that I feel good physically, and overall like on the court. Just going forward with the confidence that I have built up also from the previous tournament. Now with each match I've been feeling better and better. It just all comes pretty natural right now.

Q. Can you describe in which specific ways you have matured on the court.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I can't see myself obviously from the side. But I think I'm taking better decisions when I come out on the court, better decisions in terms of points or how I'm going to play certain players or how I'm going to prepare, for example, before my matches. Little things that are important for me in order to come to the court.

I think my focus has been good. The mentality has been there. I've been present when I'm playing my matches. Just fighting. I keep on fighting. I have a good spirit on the court, being positive.

There are obviously a lot of small things that when you put them up together it makes a big difference.

Q. Dani said you have a sweet exterior but you're a fighter, and he's trying to bring that out in you.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What do you mean?

Q. Do you feel like you're fighting or competing differently on court now? Do you feel better in that sort of aspect?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, right now I'm enjoying the fight. That's for sure. I'm enjoying to run down every ball. I think also when you feel physically good and you feel well to kind of get into a match, I mean, that gives you a different perspective as soon as you get out on the court. Whoever you play, you know you're going to get your chance. That's already an advantage before you even step on the court.

But, yeah, it just pretty simple. Like I come on the court. I'm just happy to try to find a way, even if things are not going my way. Like the other day, the first set, I didn't have my racquet on the ball, so I had to find a way to do something else and something better. When I did, I'm just proud of that, that I did. Those kind of moments, as I said, they mean a lot more to me.

Q. Are you regretting your loss seven times out of eight to Nadal, but beat three times out of four Raonic? Is it an easy bet that you prefer one instead of the other?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: There's no easy bets here, my man. There's no easy bets out here.

Whoever I play, yeah, I don't really care.

Q. Not the slightest preference?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: In order to win a slam, there's no shortcut. If you think about it, I mean, when have you seen an easy semifinal or something like that? You got to work for it. Whoever I'm going to play, I have to fight, I have to be ready.

Q. Are you fully concentrated on that semifinal? Is there anybody that can distract you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Nothing, nothing. Nothing is distracting me so far. I mean, I know what you're referring to, again.

But, no, no, everything is good. I'm enjoying a lot my downtime in Melbourne. I've been going out to the parks recently, so I'm staying away, out of trouble. As I said, I'm enjoying my time here. I'm enjoying coming out on the court. I'm going to enjoy other things maybe next week (smiling).

Q. You said things are simple for you now on court. What are the sort of things that used to make it complicated that you've been able to block out?

Q. Yes, or off.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think I have straighter priorities right now. I know what I want from myself as soon as I come to a tournament. I know why I worked. I think also to have a nice and good schedule, to know what you're doing week after week. You know, you win a match, what's the next step? Whether it's rehab or to grab some food, to recover, these are the things that I've just been really focused on.

It's not to the point that I'm too crazy about it, but I feel like I'm doing the right things. I think that itself helps me to simplify everything around me.

Again, I think we all work really good as a team right now. I think we all got the goal, and that is to win.

Q. Years ago when Goran Ivanisevic started to win, some of the old Croatian media started to appear at the slams. Is something changing in the Bulgarian media? Are more people following you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: So far, I mean, I haven't seen any major change, so to speak. Who knows.

Q. Do they show your matches on TV in Bulgaria?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yes. I think mainly when you play on the bigger courts.

Q. The gap between juniors and making it at the top on the full tour seem to be getting longer at the moment. It's nearly 10 years now since you were a top junior. What have you had to learn in that intervening time to make you a regular on the top level?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: First of all, tennis has changed so much. I think my first time I played a professional match I think was against Tomas Berdych. I was 17 years old. Played in Rotterdam. I beat him that time. I had to play Rafa second round. He just came off from a win here. It went to a third set. I mean, I kind of thought like, Wow, I'm there.

I was nowhere to be close. I mean, it took me another two years to get to the top hundred and all that.

It's just there's so many things that are different than before. I wish I could give an example. I mean, but I see the juniors nowadays, a lot of kids, they're like 6'5", 6'4". They already have a tremendous advantage. They have the right people in terms of team. Some come with psychologists, fitness guys, a physio, this and that.

Personally I couldn't afford that till I was like 23 probably, 24. You just can't compare one thing to another. Again, tennis has changed so much. But for sure, I think you're going to see a lot of juniors doing good this year if not next, for the upcoming years.

Grigor Dimitrov 25-01-17 - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2017 - Official Site by IBM
01-23-2017 01:55 PM
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Grigor Dimitrov 23-01-17

Grigor Dimitrov def Denis Istomin 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2 6-1

Q. A few weeks into 2017 and you already managed to reach goals that you missed in the past two years. How does it feel? What do you think clicked in in the off-season?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I've been on tour for about eight years now. I kind of know what I have to do. So, I mean, I haven't done anything different different in my off-season. I think I was just very, very composed, and I had a good structure with my team. We were focusing I think on the right things.

I've learned a lot of new things about myself, I think, starting to work with Dani, with my coach. It was just nice that he came at a good time, the end of last year. As soon as the off-season was on, it was just very simple. Had quite a few big talks. We discussed what we can do better, what we need to work on, what we need to improve, and how we want to be in 2017. I mean, simple as that.

Then, for sure, the belief after. I started believing a little bit more in myself. I started the year very well, winning in Brisbane, beating good guys.

So, yeah, I think that's about it. I mean, I feel good right now. In the same time also humbled with the results I have so far. But now you enter into a different phase of the tournament, so I'm just focused on that.

Q. You're playing for a spot in the semis against Goffin. Your thoughts about the match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's going to be a tough match, for sure, without a doubt. David is an excellent player. In a way I know what to expect from him. We've practiced against each other a few times this off-season. And he's a very dangerous player.

I just need to be ready mentally and physically for the battle. Honestly, there's not much else you can say about that.

Q. It's one thing to have a good chance on paper. It's another thing to take it. How happy are you with the way you played today and what can happen next round?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think first set I just didn't play well, and he came out too hot. He was just swinging for his shots, playing a lot of down the line, hitting his spots on the serve, so...

I mean, I knew I had to fight, that's for sure. I never wanted to underestimate him. He's an excellent player. Experienced, as well. I just needed to, you know, fight. I needed that one game to kind of get into the match and have that rhythm going.

Yeah, I mean, I was just happy with the win, for sure. I mean, I fought I think through that second set. Then the third, I was just playing very steady. I was doing the right things. In the fourth, I was just stepping in and absolutely playing my game to the point I was doing everything I wanted pretty much each game. So that gives you a lot of confidence.

Yeah, I was just excited to play again.

Q. Does the draw look like a good opportunity for you as a crack at a Grand Slam? Does it feel like it's a good opportunity because Novak isn't on this side anymore?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Obviously there's been a lot of talk going on around those two guys exiting the tournament, but, I mean, you should never look at it that way, the draw is open. What does that mean? I mean, just two guys are out of the draw. Okay, big deal.

For sure it's different. I'm not saying that it's not. But in the same time, we saw that everyone can beat everyone. If you follow your own path and the way you're playing, the belief that you have, anything can happen.

Right now I think it's just important to focus one match at a time, enjoy it, embrace it. I mean, I'm so thankful to be playing, like, all these matches on such a big courts. The crowd has been amazing.

So it's an unbelievable feeling. I'm not lying. I'm happy to be on that stage of a tournament. Quarterfinals of a slam, it's great. I'm happy that I'm capable to do that. Just looking forward to the next one.

Q. What is the toughest thing when you're playing David? That he's defending so well?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think recently he's been serving really well, really well. He served his way out of trouble. I think this is, for sure, one of his biggest weapons I think right now. For sure, he's one of the greatest defenders out there.

I mean, that's what I'm saying. He's very dangerous all over the court. He can hit quite a few shots, moves well on the court, reads the game well.

It's going to be a tough match, there's no doubt about that. So as I said, I just need to focus on my game and just do my thing out there. This is what I'm going to be focusing on.

Q. In the US Open you made some popular famous quotes, which is you are falling in love with tennis. Can you talk about how it happened and how you feel now.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I fell in love with tennis many years ago. Yeah, it was just a time that I wasn't in I think a really good mental place. I was, I don't want say grumpy, but there were things going on around. I just needed to find that inspiration again. I needed to find that way of playing and enjoying again, loving again.

So my best friend was tennis, of course. 'The person,' I was counting on that. I was coming on the court. There was just days after days I was going through that momentum. That's why I said I fell in love with the game again. It gives me the excitement. It gives me all those butterflies every day coming out to a match.

I count those moments, and I appreciate them way more than actually some of the wins or anything like that. Like the moment makes you feel, like, that special feeling.

I can give you an example. Today, the second set meant a lot more than one of my previous matches here. Even though when you're not playing good, you're fighting, you're struggling with yourself, with the shots or the opponent. To be able to dig that match out in that way, you know, that count a lot for me.

Q. Talking about falling in love, do you think that falling in love with something else than tennis did delay a little bit your rise?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What are you referring to (smiling)? Go ahead, say it to me. It's okay.

Q. When I was young, I did like very much the young girls. Sometimes I got distracted. So I'd like to know if you get distracted, too.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You deserve the best answer now. Let me think about it (laughter). That was the greatest thing I've heard, man. Oh, wow.

I obviously have a soft spot for that. You know, on a serious note, I always try to keep whatever else outside the court. I think when I was younger, I was struggling to kind of differentiating love from a personal love or a tennis love or whatever else, for sure.

You know, there was time, a period, that I wasn't, like, kind of sure how to deal with both things in the same time. But you learn. I guess we grow. I mean, I don't want to say I've learned from my mistakes, but I've learned myself a little bit better. I think that helps me. Hopefully it's going to help me for the future through any kind of falling-in-love stuff. But yeah.

Q. Good luck.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Thank you (smiling).

Q. In 2008 you played the Wimbledon junior final against Finnish player, Henri Kontinen? How happy were you to see him win the Barclays World Tour Finals in London?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's always nice to see a familiar face, especially when you're playing together pretty much forever. I actually played his brother once in Davis Cup. I think so, in one of those ties in Bulgaria, I played against him as well.

Henri is a great guy. We still talk about that final over there, the dropshot I did at 5-All or something. He was telling me. I don't even remember that stuff. Apparently it hurts him a lot.

It's always nice to see a fellow player kind of through the years just winning and becoming No. 1. I think winning the Masters is even more special. I'm sure he's happy with that one.

Grigor Dimitrov 23-01-17 - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2017 - Official Site by IBM
01-22-2017 04:04 PM
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Grigor Dimitrov 21-01-17

Grigor Dimitrov def Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-2 6-4

Q. How did you feel about going onto the court so late, two minutes before midnight?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, a lot of thoughts can go through your head around that time. The past couple of days I've been going to bed pretty late just to get the feel going to bed late. I don't fall asleep if the match goes on.

But again tonight, I'm just happy I finished in straight sets and I didn't have to waste more energy or more time on the court. So I'm just happy with that.

Q. Was there any talk about a curfew, a midnight curfew?

Q. You couldn't go on after a certain hour.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I've never heard of that. We had matches in the past finishing 4, 5 in the morning. It's in the game. Whatever it is, it's in the game. I just had to deal with whatever was in front of me. Yeah, I'm just moving along now.

Q. What kind of impact do you think it will have on your tournament moving into the latter rounds?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: For sure a match like that, it helps me. I helps me to have more confidence, to feel better on the court, more secure in my shots. Just a lot of positives. Take a lot of positives out of that match. The first couple of matches were so-so in my opinion. To be able to come tonight and step up against a player like Richard, it means a lot to me, gives me good credit. In the same time I just need to focus now, just need to keep the same line, just control what I can.

Q. In Brisbane you said you changed your routine a little bit, you were going to arcades and playing games. Been doing anything like that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Actually I went to the arcades a few nights ago. I think it's important to kind of disconnect a little bit, just hang out with friends, walk around, do whatever you feel like doing. I think it's very important for the mind and the body to be synchronized with you. If you feel that you're in one element, it always feels good to be on the court warming up, you feel loose, happy. I think this is great. In the same time, you need to enjoy every match you play. You just never know what's going to happen, if it's going to be your last match on such a court. It was my first win on Rod Laver. I'm going to remember that for sure. Those moments for me count a lot.

Q. Will you be requesting a later start on Monday?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I'm not one of those guys that go, Can you please play me at 1 a.m. in the morning, whatever. Whatever time. I really don't care. I wouldn't think they're going to put us early to play anyway just because of my match and Denis's match. Getting ready for that one.

Q. What time do you think you'll be able to get to sleep tonight?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Hopefully by 5 I'm going to be done with everything, all the stretchings, the rehab, just sleep in, come back tomorrow, hit some balls. Kind of go to bed again.

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01-15-2017 09:30 AM
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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
Yeah, I saw this one. The part that impressed me the most is this:

Dimitrov’s 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 “easy work, because Grigor’s a good boy – he just does what he’s told”. Together, they have been trying to address Dimitrov’s unfortunate habit of forgetting his game plan on big points. His groundstrokes might evoke Roger Federer’s poise and elegance. Thus far, though, he has failed to match the great man’s impeccable shot selection.

“It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time to have too many tools in your bag,” says Dimitrov. “But we’ve been practising to simplify the game as much as possible. I’ve said that before in previous years, but I was never able to sustain it for a long period of time. Now I think it’s 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.”
01-15-2017 12:19 AM
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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 12:51 PM
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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?

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.

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01-09-2017 08:45 AM
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by: AP January 08, 2017

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — 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 — 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 — he's achieved that in the first week of the season. There are other goals, including better runs at the Grand Slams — 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 — 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 — 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.

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January 7, 2017

Grigor Dimitrov

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


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.

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11-21-2016 05:02 PM
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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 12:38 PM
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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. He’s 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, TennisTV’s 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 there’s a closeness and a comfort there. I’m wondering—is this the best you’ve felt with a specific coach in a long time?
Grigor Dimitrov: Yeah, I think it’s 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 other’s lives pretty well and we found our rhythm pretty much right away.

But as I said there’s 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: He’s one of those guys that likes to work. He’s work ethic is absolutely outstanding. Even after tough matches we’ve 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. It’s 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 ‘why not me?’ So I think it’s 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 there’s a window right now? You’re 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 – it’s not that they’re 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 don’t want to say ‘Okay here’s the crack, let’s sneak in it and make this gap bigger.’

At the same time I’ve been winning quite a few close matches, beating good players, first time I’ve beaten players that I’ve never beaten, so that’s a step for me. Everyone’s 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 it’s not like they’ve been playing bad the whole year. It’s just been a couple of tournaments. It’s 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 I’ve given myself the best chance possible. So, I think that’s 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 I’m 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 that’s why I say that Rafa is an inspiration. I think he’s one of the greatest fighters in my eyes. And again, you know everyone has a different inspiration. And to that extent for what I’m 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 that’s pretty amazing.

TTV: You’ve 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 I’m playing, every year that I’m fortunate enough to play on the tour I always feel like, wow, there’s just more to it. I keep going and I keep finding something new each year, which makes me super-happy and makes life easier. It’s 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 it’s nice to have a bit of a window where you can be like ‘Okay I need to open that window to breathe a little bit,’ because at the end of the day tennis isn’t everything in life. It’s a period of life that you experience. After that something else begins. It’s like a chapter. In my life, tennis has given me everything so that’s what I’m trying to embrace also - everything that comes along with it.

But, of course, with each year I’m feeling that I’m getting a bit more mature and that I’m getting more comfortable in tennis, and I’m starting to realise what’s really, really important and now I know when I should have the rest and whether I should or shouldn’t go to this fashion show, so I appreciate tennis way more nowadays, and I’m enjoying every single part of it. Of course, when you’re 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 I’m a pretty deep person and I like to go with a lot of philosophical viewpoints in life—that’s 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 ‘Alright, that’s it.’ And I think this is where the man part of a real man shows up. The man always reaches that point in life where it’s like ‘Okay, I’ve done my mistakes, so let’s just give myself the best shot possible’. And when you can look yourself in the mirror and say I’ve done it all, I’ve given myself the best shot, this is when that line comes.

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

TTV: When it’s 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 you’ve established yourself not only as a player but as one of those guys. And I often ask myself the question: ‘Why can’t I do it?’

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

TTV: So, tombstone: “Grigor Dimitrov: Grand Slam champion and former No.1?”
GD: Yeah!

TTV: And last question…the season’s about to be over, are you looking forward to taking a nice break, do you have any holiday plans lined up?
GD: I’m actually going to go to Africa on safari with my family. I’m looking forward to it. There’s still Paris to play so I’m just looking forward to ending up on a good note, then I can draw the line and say ‘This what I’ve done this year, I’m happy for now, and let’s get back to work after.’

10 Minutes With...Grigor Dimitrov
10-26-2016 04:51 PM
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Here is the article in English : Dimitrov, Thiem To Play Sofia In 2017 | ATP World Tour | Tennis
10-24-2016 10:53 PM
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a good news to me, too.
10-24-2016 10:16 PM
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Great news
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