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07-03-2016 05:30 PM
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Wimbledon

Third round

Grigor Dimitrov speaks to the media after his 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2 defeat by Steve Johnson


Q. It's obviously tough on everyone. How did you deal with the conditions and how big of a factor was it all?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, obviously it's tough conditions. I definitely didn't play up to my expectations. I think he played good throughout the whole match, but in the same time I didn't do also anything special, I thought. I was happy to come back and win that first set, but then obviously on and off, on and off, on and off all the time.
It is what it is. It's in the game. Yeah, it's just, I think, in a way it was like a poor match for me. I didn't adjust to the conditions fast enough. It was very windy. My first serve didn't work. I was sliding a little bit early on.
So, yeah, I think that's about it. I mean, there's not much I can say. At least I'm happy I had a few matches under my belt. Of course not satisfied, but in a way it's a step forward.

Q. It's been a while since you won back to back matches. When you did that, in your mind did you feel like...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course I'm feeling I'm doing better, that's for sure. I also got a little bit tired. You know, I haven't played that many matches and he came off a very good win. I think that the tournament before he won the tournament.
I knew who I was facing. I think if it was early in the tournament maybe it would have been better for me, but right now he has obviously again a lot of confidence. That helps him. That helps him a lot to go for his shots and just to follow his game a little bit more.
You know, he wins today, for sure.

Q. At some point today play was suspended on all courts except yours and Petra's. Were you playing under the rain?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't know. I really don't know. Like when you're on the court you don't think about that. That's what I said the conditions were very different.
The other day I played on Court 1 and all of a sudden on 18 like the whole dimension of the court was very different. It just took some time for me to really get into it. And yesterday we waited the whole day to just play seven games. Coming home late. You just have to do everything all over again.
You know, it's in the game. It's the same for both of us. He was the stronger person today.

Q. Would you tell us about your coach and your team.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What do you need to know about it?

Q. I don't think it's been addressed yet, but we haven't seen Franco around.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, no, I'm alone in this tournament. I'm not trying to hide it, obviously. Things just haven't worked out good for us. It is what it is. This is the situation.
I mean, I know how to play tennis in the same time. I just have to do a little bit extra work on my own with the racquets, with the stringing, the balls, the courts, the practice.
Other than that, you know, I'm pretty comfortable right now and happy.

Q. Is that a permanent decision or are you looking to change that in the near future?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Obviously if they're not around, it's for me to obviously find something else, something new, something that would get me back on the right track. I mean, I want to improve. That's my main goal. I mean, I want to improve and I want to win matches. If you do all that right, I mean, everything's coming together.

Q. When did you split with Franco? Was it right before this tournament?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Right before the tournament, yeah. The week before the tournament.

Q. What's the most important thing for you now and your next coach, do you think?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I haven't thought about it, to be honest. I'm just trying to that was the first time for me just taking obviously such a decision and especially before a tournament like that. You know, I'm just trying to stay positive and not think about it.
Obviously now I'm going to have a bit of time to think about all that, but the decision is taken. As I said, I'm confident behind that. So let's see. I mean, this is just a process now.

Q. You are a very experienced player. When you have a tough year or like tough time, in terms of maximizing your resources, would you look to psychologist or what do you do? Like what do you do? Like is there any specific behavior...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think not necessarily. I think it's just sometimes your game is just not there. No one sees like the way that any other players putting behind. Like they practice like crazy for four, five hours. Next thing you know they come out and cannot hit the ball in the court. On the other hand, you have guys that are practicing two, three times a week or whatever, and then all of a sudden they come out and get deep in the tournament.
So you can never, you know, calculate that of course. But I think a little effort every day counts a lot and goes a long way. I'm the type of guy that just likes I like working, I like working out. The other day when my match got canceled, I was down in the gym running and squatting, and I was the only guy there. Quite frankly, it felt really good. It's different for every player.

Q. You were one of the last ones to use a smaller racquet head, you and Roger back a few years ago. Could you go through that process of changing the racquet? How did you adapt? The testing?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: The racquet, it's something that, I mean, obviously you play with. This is something that I have in my hand and I always want to maximize the performance. So depends what you're looking in a racquet.
Like I said, every player is very different. Roger, Novak, Andy, whatever. Everyone uses a different pattern, different racquets, different strings, different grips. So like it's just details. It's so personal for each player.
My goal is to just, you know, just get the most out of my racquet. If that means, you know, change or get even better and better and better, yeah, of course I'm I like that process, and, yeah.

Q. You used to have the racquet that Roger the 90, right?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I never play with Roger's racquet.

Q. The size. You were playing with the 95?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I always had a bit smaller than him.

Q. With the 95? You still keeping the 95 head size?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Uh huh. Yeah.

Q. Have you thought about the Olympics? Have you planned anything? Are you preparing? Any chance you play doubles with Tsveti?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I haven't thought about it at all. Yeah, it would be nice. I don't know if we're going to get in obviously. It's exciting time. Olympics is always exciting. I remember here, yeah, four years ago it was a great atmosphere.
So it's just a long way to go. Right now I'm definitely focused on all the other tournaments and what my next step is going to be to prepare for those tournaments ahead. I mean, I'm going to be playing pretty much everything in America, so I just need to be ready and fit throughout the whole time. So my focus is on that right now.

Q. Do you remember when was the last time you played a slam without a coach with you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Never that's what I'm saying. I never did that. Yeah, I never did that. I mean, if you think slam, just in a way it's another tournament. Of course it's very big and it gets you excited and all that.
It's different. I'm not gonna lie. Of course it's different. You know, you have to go through all the logistics, as I said, the balls, to fix the practice, get the car in the morning. It takes a bit of energy. Of course it takes a bit of you know, I think also emotionally when you just try to do everything right and when you go to bed, you're like, Whoa, did I do everything right? Did I leave the racquets and the strings and all that?
But I'm pleased with it. For some reason I feel very positive, first with the decision that I took, and then to be able to control everything on my own after that, it shows me a lot. I don't do it for anyone else but me.
I think that's just very important for me right now, to show to myself to show that what I do is not for anyone else. It's just for me.

Q. If you're to catch the golden fish, the one that gives you the three wishes, what would your three wishes be?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Win Wimbledon, that's for sure. Win Wimbledon. Become No. 1 (smiling). I don't know. I'll let the third one just, you know, years down the line. I think that would be it.


Grigor Dimitrov: Third round - The Championships, Wimbledon 2016 - Official Site by IBM
07-02-2016 07:49 PM
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07-02-2016 11:29 AM
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Wimbledon

Second round

Grigor Dimitrov talks to the media after his 6-3, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 win against Gilles Simon


Q. How good does it feel to get a tough win in against a tough player on grass?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Excellent, excellent, excellent. I mean, I didn't expect anything less from me today. I came out on the court and I played a very solid, I think, two sets.
Third one was a little, I think, just I think not doubt, but I was not hitting the ball as well. I did a few unforced errors, but, you know, back at the fourth, I felt very comfortable.
I had quite a bit of fuel in the tank, which is a good sign. I was going after my shots. I broke him twice to finish the match. So it was a good match overall for me.

Q. Do you feel that losing the third and struggling and kind of reflecting on some of the hard matches you have had, ones that you have played really well, but not come out on top, and then to be able to get the fourth, coming back from a break down...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I was just saying, Not again.
Also, I have been, I think, quite a bit unfortunate with some of my matches the past months, I would say. I just figured, well, it is what it is. I can't do anything about it. But the only thing I can do is give myself the best shot possible.
When I got to that point, when I got to that feeling, you know, I just kept playing my game. My excitement for the game was there, which always helps. The positivity brings you good shots, good decisions.
I was like, I'm not losing that match, even if it went into a fifth.

Q. What went through your mind at the end of that, you won 7 1, that tiebreak and then it was like all of a sudden, the focus went...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I was actually up 1 Love and I had break point, and I think that break point cost me a little bit. I didn't think about it, but I knew he's gonna change his game a little bit, and the problem is I fell into that trap.
And, yeah, I was just following his game for a set. Set and a little bit. I think that didn't help me at all. You know, I started taking the wrong decisions, and I was not following my game plan. I was not going after my shots enough.
Then I knew that as soon as the third set was over, it was like, Okay, you can't do that again. Yeah, and I tried to correct myself.
Even though we had quite a few big rallies I think in the fourth, even though I was up a break, I knew I was returning well, serving well when I had to, and I had the confidence to finish the match.

Q. What did you make of having to play in the rain? Because Gilles didn't seem to be particularly happy with how the officials dealt with it. He seemed a bit frustrated that you carried on for a bit. Did you notice him being frustrated? Did that help you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I mean, everyone has their own way. I understand his frustration. But, you know, it's whatever, it's for him is the same for me.
I think it's just, you know, we have all the officials out there. We had the umpire coming down, the supervisor, so all these guys are taking unbelievable care of us, you know, to protect us and to take the right decisions and all that.
I know when there is a little mist in the air, the grass is a little slippery. Yeah, we all know that. That's logistics, yes. And you just try not to push too much, so you don't want to slide. You have to be a bit more cautious.
But, you know, in the same time, it's whatever is for him, is the same for me. You know, it's like we are both in it together, yeah.

Q. It doesn't really bother you just to realize that's what it is and you just get on with it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, you can't fight the weather, you know. It's like things in life you can definitely fight...

Q. He seems to get frustrated by it, where it doesn't seem to frustrate you.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't think he gets frustrated. My personal opinion, I don't think he gets frustrated. That's just, you know, I guess how it is.
He's a cool guy, though. We have mutual respect and all that, but everyone has their own ways...

Q. I'm just basing it on what he said after the match.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't know what he said.

Q. He said he was annoyed.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, then I guess he was.

Q. In the past you have had some good moments with Novak on camera. These things kind of go viral, back and forth. Do you guys ever think about doing a TV show or something?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Me and him? (Laughter.)

Q. It's pretty entertaining stuff.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: We never spoke about it. Obviously, I mean, we're neighbors in a way. We live close by in Monaco and our countries are next to each other.
I don't know. Maybe you should ask him next time. It's kind of cool. I mean, I'm happy to do whatever videos and stuff with him. It's fun.

Q. Did you ever ask him for advice? I mean, he's obviously in this other planet. Do you ever hit him up and ask him for tips on this consistency, longevity of the way he's playing?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I would say not yet. I would say this is I mean, I think we're still competing against each other and believe it or not, we all have egos. You know, it's very hard to take it out and put it in your pocket and ask another player.
Yeah, we all talk and discuss a lot of things in the locker room, yes, of course. But when it comes to tennis and, you know, professional stuff, I think it's a pretty fine line there that we are, like, I think keep a distance on.
I think if that happens, there will be just a few players that I'll definitely ask, but it wouldn't be him at that point, I guess.

Q. You had a good run a couple years ago. You beat Andy Murray. Up until today, it's been a while since you have had back to back wins. Do you feel like this is the kind of thing that can get your confidence back to where you were a couple years ago?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Absolutely. With each match you get more and more confident. You start to feel the grass more, your movement more, your shots, your routine. Everything becomes very natural. You get in a good rhythm. So that gives you that calmness when you come out on the court.
But for me, I mean, honestly I'm trying not to think so much about what happened two years ago, because if I just keep playing on that, oh, I had unbelievable Wimbledon two years ago, I will never be able to do better. In a way, I just don't want to live in the past. I take all the good moments and the good experience, yes, indeed I do.
But if I want to get even further, there is just obviously a long way to go. But in the same time, I just I need to focus and follow how I want to be and how I want to structure the whole tournament and any other tournament ahead.


Grigor Dimitrov: Second round - The Championships, Wimbledon 2016 - Official Site by IBM
06-28-2016 01:51 PM
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Wimbledon

First round

Grigor Dimitrov talks to the media after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Bjorn Fratangelo


Q. Well played. You looked really confident. Didn't look like somebody about whom people are saying his career might be going slightly down instead of up. Looked like you were in the zone. Do you pay attention to it when people say this is a player who should be playing better?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I'm always I mean, I always criticize myself. This is the person that, you know, I answer to, anyway. Coming back to Wimbledon, it always brings back good memories to me.
I had a good week, I would say, weeks of practice considering my previous results. So I'm just confident to get out there and play. I mean, I have always wanted to play my game in a certain way. Now, I mean, today in particular it felt really good. I felt like I was serving well, felt I was moving well on the grass.
Yeah, you know, I was just getting back to the basics. I mean, whatever everyone is talking about it, that's their thing. You know, I have said it before, I never listen and frankly I don't care.

Q. How does it feel now today compared to how you felt, say, in 2014 when you had a fantastic Wimbledon?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think 2014 was like throughout the whole year I think I had a fantastic year. But now I'm just you know, I'm just feeling in a way just as good. I'm very happy when I start striking the ball the way I was striking it today, and I think my confidence also is getting back after playing matches like today. I mean, I know I have struggled a little bit in the past weeks, but that didn't, in the same time, didn't discourage me. That also got me thinking a lot.
I think about myself I wanted to find also a lot of answers, and I was just I think I was just in my own, in a way, in my own world.
But, yeah, I was just focusing again on the tennis. That was the most important thing for me, and I just kept practicing, practicing, and practicing. It seems to be good for now.

Q. Can you give an example of what went wrong in the first round defeats you have suffered recently that you really focused on and thought, right, I can't do that again?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I can't say one thing in particular. I think I had quite a few first rounds in a row, but it's you know, it's also the work that you put in, you know, the team and what we have, you know, worked on. There is just so many components I think in the game that I just felt were not up to speed with everything.
And I think of course my confidence was down a little bit also, and I was not going for my shots. I was not playing my game in the way I wanted to structure the point and, you know, the first serves, returns. So there are just a lot of uncertainties around that I just couldn't, you know, couldn't get a handle.
But the one thing is I have always put in the work, so no matter the result, even if it's bad, you know, or anything else, at least I know that I'm honest in front of myself and know that I have done the work.

Q. When we spoke in Paris after your match you were telling me that you didn't know what the problem was and you were looking for answers. You said you were open to anything. What was the process like for you after that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I'm still looking for answers, you know. I just think I have played long enough to, you know, to know, as I said, how I like to play and how I want to structure myself, I think, in and out of the court.
So I just felt that I just was not settled enough, I would say. I was just not feeling comfortable the way I was practicing, the things I was doing. So that's why I said I just need some time, I need to find these answers, and what can I do better?
Because I have always wanted to be better. I always wanted to improve. You know, the moment you feel you stop improving, then you know something is not right.

Q. You were on a six match losing streak. Does that weigh on your mind at all? Are you aware that you are...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course I'm aware. I should be aware, of course. But as I said, this should not discourage you. It's not the end of the world. It's just, you know, a tennis match. But in the same time, you're like, Okay, what did I do wrong?
Obviously when something is not going the way that it should, I mean, then of course all of a sudden everyone starts talking. Oh, the guy is like losing first rounds and this and that. I mean, everyone has periods in their career and I think in their life that things are a little bit uncertain and they are struggling a little bit.
But to go ahead and start making assumptions and judging, you know, that's just there is just no need for that.

Q. What would represent a good tournament for you over these next two weeks?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Hey, I have gone pretty far out here. I have gone pretty the thing is I'm not fearing anyone. I'm not fearing...
(Novak Djokovic pops head in the door.)
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Are you sure you're not?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. Especially you. Especially you. (Laughter.) Especially you.
No, on a serious note, I mean, honestly I don't fear anyone. I have beaten I think top players and in big tournaments. Like I'm not afraid to get out there and get my hands dirty. I'm very happy to play right now. I think that's the thing is like I'm happy to play. And I think when you're happy, things are just happening.
I know I have very tough rounds in general. I'm unseeded. It sucks, you know, I must say. It's been a while since I haven't been seeded.
I take the positives out of that. Of course I don't forget everything else and I don't forget what I have done and I don't forget where I come from, of course. Now I just need to go back to the basics and just work my way through again.

Q. You don't fear him, then?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. (Laughter.)

Q.How much do you like playing on grass? Do you feel grass...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Oh, yeah. I think it's again, I mean, when I finished my last tournament on clay I was like, Oh, God. Thank God.
In the same time I I love grass. I mean, I remember the first time I came here I didn't I barely hit a ball on grass, and the following year I won Wimbledon as a junior. So I think ever since then, I was like, Yeah, I can play good on grass.
So I think, you know, I have I think mentally I'm always prepared coming on grass. So I think that's just something to have in your pocket and at least you know, like, Let's open the files. Let's see how it goes.

Q. Does the whole sort of Wimbledon thing, I don't know if we just like writing about this, but if you have gone through a period quite difficult to play and you come here and feel comfortable and you like the surface, does that sort of build momentum for you? Do you sort of feel more comfortable?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I guess. You know, I guess. This is where tennis starts. I mean, I think every player feels very special out here. It's just how it is.
I mean, I don't know if it's the air or if it's the grass or the strawberries or that we all stay in houses. Like, seriously, I don't know.
But whoever you ask, just a special feeling. Even guys that never liked playing on grass are like coming here, Oh, it's so nice.
Dude, you don't like playing on grass. Yeah, so that gives you that vibe. So, yeah.

Q. How difficult is it really to go from practice? You say you've been practising hard. But then to play in a match after waiting?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I have practising a lot. I think that's the problem. I think when you have that much time on your hands I mean, as a player, you always feel that, okay, you know, it's a tough loss. Let's just practice this week. And then another week. And then another week happens. Of course it weighs off your shoulders a little bit. That's why sometimes you're coming out of a match and you're a little bit anxious to just hit more balls or try to put the ball in the court and just to rally a little bit more.
I think this is also a little bit dangerous because you kind of get out of your rhythm and your game plan. So, yeah.
For me, it's just simple. I mean, it's tough to say simple, but it's simple in a way, coming out on the grass. At least I know what my game is and I'm following what's working.

Q. You say it sucks not being seeded. How does it feel being on court 16?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I was just about to say something about that and I didn't. It was different. I think, to be honest, that was the first I played my first round there as a junior before I won the tournament. So I took it as a good sign, to be honest, like a good omen.
Yeah, it was different. It was definitely different. I'm not gonna lie that. It wasn't bad or anything. I mean, it's still grass. It's still Wimbledon. Just was a little bit more windy than usual. People are walking a little bit behind, a little bit more noisy.
But it's not that I have never done that before. It's only positives.

Q. Your next round opponent?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Who am I playing?

Q. Simon? I think he finished while we were here.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: As I said, like, I have to play big opponents next round, so, yeah, the only way for me to get back to where I was is if I go through him. That's just how it is, guys. Nothing else would help me, even if I'm a wildcard or whatever. That doesn't give you an extra privilege or anything. Just back to, you know, back to basics and explore that you know, of course my opponents I have played pretty much everyone out there. I know what it is. I mean, I'm playing I'm playing Simon next round? Obviously he's a tricky guy on any surfaces. I need to definitely bring my A game, but in the same time I'm pretty confident that my game is going to be good enough to beat him. So I'm coming out there with of course expectations for myself to win.

Grigor Dimitrov: First round - The Championships, Wimbledon 2016 - Official Site by IBM
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

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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.

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN

May 3, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

Madrid, Spain

P. BUSTA CARRENO/G. Dimitrov

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.


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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).
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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.
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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.

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03-29-2016 05:27 PM
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Miami Open

Monday, March 28, 2016

Grigor Dimitrov

G. DIMITROV/A. Murray

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.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah.

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...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: About who?

Q. Genie.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: 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.

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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.''
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22-01-16

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.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course.

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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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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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