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Grigor Dimitrov: Fourth round
Grigor Dimitrov talks to the media after his 4-6, 2-6, 4-6 defeat against Roger Federer
Q. Did you feel that was about Roger being in peak form, or did you feel you could have given it more?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I'm for sure disappointed with the outcome. I didn't play my best tennis. Of course, if you don't play good against Roger, especially here on grass, it's very difficult.
Yeah, but overall I'm disappointed in myself, that I couldn't play better. I did a lot of unforced errors, and my first serve was not on point. Without those weapons, it's never easy to play against him.
Q. Were those factors there because it was him?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. You know, I think that factor with the pressure and all that, it's way past. If I'm out there on the court, it's to win, of course. It doesn't matter who is in front of me. I need to be able to play my game and make sure that if I win, I win on my terms, and if I lose, I lose on my terms.
But, yeah, today nothing was going my way, absolutely nothing. I mean, shame. I really felt I was on a good path. I felt I think physically very strong. Didn't waste that much energy the previous matches.
But yeah, I guess I need to accept this like this. I need to move on now, yeah, just start preparing for whatever's ahead of me.
Q. How did you rate Roger today? Based on what you've seen, how do you think he could go on?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Honestly, I don't want to judge from one match especially. I don't want to say that. It's early in the second week. For sure, with each match you get confidence. I think he played good, especially set two and three. I think first, we were both a little tight, trying to find the way to play the game.
Yeah, he found it faster. Yeah, I think his serve today was really the key against me.
Q. In a match like this, how much are you keying on the first set?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think I played a poor game at 4-All. Actually, I missed a few balls by an inch. Could have easily gone either way.
Yeah, I mean, again, honestly, there's not much else I can say about the match, especially that I haven't even taken a set. I wasn't able to, as I said, play my game.
I felt towards the end of the match a little bit better, I was tracking the ball a little bit better, but still that didn't really help.
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Grigor Dimitrov: Third round
Grigor Dimitrov speaks to the media after the 6-1, 6-1 (ret.) win against Dudi Sela
Q. How did you feel when you saw that your opponent was having problems and he stopped?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think early in the match, I couldn't tell you if he was injured or not. Obviously I was just trying to be very focused. I was just out there to play my game.
Of course, after that first set, I felt I was getting, like, my confidence was actually getting pretty high, I started to be a little bit more locked in, more positive with each ball, with each shot. I was following my game pretty well.
After that, he called the trainer. Then I just had to basically keep on going the same way that I was playing the first set.
I think I had a good hold in the middle of the second set. I think that was it for him.
Q. How is it for a player out there when that happens and you have to wait for an opponent to come back? What is in your mind?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it is what it is. You can't do anything about it. The only thing you can is just control obviously your thoughts a little bit. You try just to keep moving so your body doesn't settle in. You don't get into your head for unnecessary thoughts.
But, yeah, I think I'm pretty used to it by now. I had quite a few players that have done that before against me. Yeah, it's part of the game as well, so you need to learn how to deal with those kind of circumstances.
Q. You mentioned your confidence is sky high. Do you feel in that mood where you feel you can beat anyone who is put in front of you right now?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I hope so. Yeah, I think I'm just really focused on myself right now, on my game. That's about it. Whatever's on the other side of the net, I mean, I can't control it. I can control only what's on my side, in my team, what I do to prepare myself the best way that I can before the match.
So, yeah, I mean, I'm pretty positive. I like my chances.
Q. Will you watch Federer's match later?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, for sure.
Q. If it is Roger you face, he's a guy who has beaten you in all your meetings before. What has been the difference in those previous losses? What do you think you need to get right this time to beat him?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, there's still a match to play actually. Let's see how that one go. I think both of them are, I mean, great tennis players on grass. Roger has proven himself more than once, twice out here. Yeah, we all know what to expect.
Let's see who's going to win, then from then on I can think about what's ahead for me.
Q. You're now part of middle Monday, where both the men and women play on the same day. It's a great day for fans. What does it mean for you to be a part of that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's amazing. I mean, I always like that feeling. I've done it a few times already. It's just great. Especially tomorrow I think is going to be the best day, that Sunday just when everything is so calm. Yeah, it's just us, the players. All you can hear is, like, the hitting of the ball. You can just hear how the ball sits on the strings. You just hear that.
Honestly, it's a pretty special feeling. It puts a huge smile on my face. But, yeah, I appreciate that a lot. I mean, to be into that second week, not only in this event, but in all the other slams, it's kind of a little achievement I think for any player.
So, yeah, I really appreciate it. I cherish it. But my job is far from over.
Q. It is a different feeling for you? Obviously it's business as usual, but there's something different about it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: As I say, I think tomorrow is going to be more that different feeling that I'm talking about. I think for sure, as soon as the next week hits again, you're back on the court, back to prepare for your matches, back to preparing mentally and all this.
So, yeah, I think obviously tonight, have a great dinner, try to enjoy this a little bit. Tomorrow get out here, do what you got to do. Then, yeah, you know, Monday, it's game day again.
Q. Life on the tour is not easy sometimes. Rafa has a great support system. Tomic has a different reality, maybe says things that aren't appropriate. How do you see the game? What does it mean for you to be a tennis player?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: We all have different perception of life. I'm not even just putting tennis, per se. We all come from a different background, different country, different culture. So I can only speak for myself when it comes to that.
I have nothing but love for tennis. Every little win that I have, every little battle that I have to win in my head in order for me to win, I appreciate it more than anything else.
That's why I often say I appreciate my wins even more when I'm playing bad. This is the moments that you not only overcome the opponent, but you overcome yourself. I think this is where you, you know, put yourself on the line and you start to understand yourself a little bit more.
I think tennis is, I mean, part of that. It's why I play, also to understand myself. It's not only that I love the game. I put everything else aside. That's why when you have that great feeling, when you're locked in on the court, when you're just so, you know, you feel like so alone, just you and the ball, this is a feeling that I just love. Or this little feeling before you get those butterflies. Like today even before the match, I was saying to my coach, My God, I'm so nervous.
He's like, Me, too. Don't worry.
I'm like, Yeah, right. You're just smoking right now, which he is, but in a nice way.
This is like that feeling. I believe as a competitor this is what you crave, in any sport, not only tennis. You crave that type of adrenaline.
Of course, a support system is very important. Family first. Yeah, after that you kind of see who you want to surround yourself with, who you have, you have your team as well.
Q. If it was Roger in the next round, a good chance you would be bumped up to Centre Court or Court 1. What is the difference between the atmosphere playing out there, you have good memories in the past?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I've only played on big courts here. I'm pretty pleased with that. I'm not going to shy away from Centre Court. I've played there before, I've won. I know my way now to the Centre Court, which is great, not like the first time I walked out.
Yeah, just going to embrace it.
Q. You talked about the love of the game. I guess playing Roger Federer on the Centre Court of Wimbledon is a climax of a career.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Let's see. There's a match to play. I don't want to speculate again. Yes, maybe he's the favorite. Yes, maybe he'll win. What's the point of talking about this now? There's still a match to play.
But, yes, there's many times that I felt I had like a huge moment in my career playing against any player. I wouldn't just put that. But, of course, again, any match that you play into that second week is a special match to me.
Q. What are you working on now? You talked about learning from tennis.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You got to love the disappointments.
Q. Say the one or two things you think you've really learned about yourself.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Tennis I think taught me a lot of discipline. I mean, this is the first thing always comes to my head when someone says tennis, is like discipline.
Yeah, I think this has been my biggest asset throughout the years, my discipline and will to keep on working, even when things were going downhill for me. There's quite a few times I dropped my ranking to about 40 in the world. You know, I was down on myself, trying to find a way to get back to it, trying to find a way to work better.
So, yeah, I mean, I can sum it up in one word, and that's discipline right now. At least that's what it is for me right now.
Q. Are you proud of yourself?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I am, absolutely. Through all the obstacles I had to go through, not even on court, but off the court, with a lot of things that were surrounding me, I think I dealt with pretty well.
But, of course, in the same time I feel pretty lucky, pretty blessed to have certain people in my life that have always been there for me, always try to guide me the right way.
Q. Any professional has a set of skills or a craft they continue to develop and work on throughout their career. In terms of your craft, how do you stay motivated to keep working on specific parts of it? Do you look at it that way?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: In terms of my game, you mean?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, you improve every single day. I mean, you work to improve every single day.
Like, for example, I finished my match today, and I went on the court, because I felt I could have done a few things better. So those are the kind of examples I can give you.
Other than that, I mean, I don't know. I've never thought about it that way, because I always want to improve, I always want to do better than the day before. To me, that's way more important.
Often I'm very hard on myself. That's sometimes why I struggle to find that fine line of saying, Good job, Grigor, or, Oh, that's not good enough.
Yeah, I guess that's it.
Q. You got to the semifinals here in 2014. How do you feel now in comparison to back then? Do you feel stronger, wiser?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I feel better. I feel better. I feel my game is better. My physique is better. I'm in a better place in my life, in my head. Those are a lot of positive things. I'm going to stop right there (smiling).
But, yeah, again, I'm just excited. I'm just excited. I'm not hiding it. Again, I appreciate being in that second week. You know, my goal, ultimate goal, is always to be to win Wimbledon.
Q. How tired are you of the question of when the next generation is going to break through? What do you think the one key factor that the next generation has --
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Are you considering me the next generation or the past ex-next generation? I don't know where to put myself. Categorize me and then I'll answer (smiling).
Q. The group of players who are not what I'll call the big five obviously have had a big challenge, very few victories over the past 54 slams. The group who are younger than Rafa and Andy.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think everybody is trying to find their way to succeed. Everybody have like their different path of doing those kind of things.
Again, I can only talk for myself for this. I think I'm on the right path. I think I'm doing the things the right way in order for me to put myself into those kind of positions, I mean, in terms of to win and to hopefully win a slam one day.
Again, what the other guys are doing, I don't know. For sure, I see their game. I watch their matches. But you never know what's inside of their kitchen. You don't know what are they up to, how are they practicing.
On that matter, I don't think I'm good enough to judge that. I can only speak for myself and follow my program, follow my schedule, follow my game, the way me and my team want to position ourselves, again, to make sure we win those kind of matches.
For example, in the second week, it is that kind of match I want to put myself in. Yeah, I'm there. So, yeah, just go out there and play.
Q. It seems you have more balance in your life.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You said it, it's balance between everything. When it comes to, yeah, from your diet, the way you practice, again, the way you sleep, the way you have the right amount of time for everybody around you, also to make sure you do the things that makes you happy in order for you to recover and be positive and excited to play.
Again, I can sum up all that thing in one word: discipline.
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Grigor Dimitrov: Second round
Grigor Dimitrov speaks to the media after the 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win against Marcos Baghdatis
Q. How happy were you with this performance? I think it was 57 minutes before you made an unforced error. There was nothing you could do wrong, it looked like, from the outside.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Didn't know that (smiling). Yeah, that's a good day at the office.
It was, I think, a very comfortable match. Obviously I knew I was playing a dangerous opponent. Marcos is always very dangerous, especially on grass. He's done well here in the past.
So yeah, I felt that I was just playing good tennis; very focused, composed, and calm at the same time. I was doing everything the right way. I thought I was taking the right decisions. Serve was going in a good way, my forehand was working well, I kept the ball low, and I was using every opportunity I can to either break him or, yeah, look after my game.
Q. With the junior draw coming out today, I wonder what message you may have for the guys and girls starting...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Today I think... Yeah, exactly.
Q. What would you say to them? How would that set you up from in the past nine years?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What kind of advice I can give? I wouldn't be the best giving advice right now, knowing how I was back then (smiling).
So I wouldn't go there. But, yeah, I think when you step out on the grounds of Wimbledon, it's just -- you feel that respect, you feel that heritage, you feel the history, and all that. For me, winning here -- was it? Nine years ago?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Jesus. Wow. Yeah, winning nine years ago was one of my greatest memories that I have ever had. Yeah, winning that final on Court 1 was really special to me and definitely one of my, you know, my highlights of my career.
I have won different matches, different tournaments, especially now on tour level. But I think what I had to go through back then was way more emotional. It meant a lot to me, to my country.
So yeah, I think advice, I think as soon as you get out here on the court, you try to find your own grounds and try to create your own person, and this is -- because those kind of moments, I think those years in your career, like, define a little bit how you're going to be and who you want to be.
Q. You won on a diving volley. Have you ever won a match a better way?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't think so (smiling). I remember when I was a junior I played a few matches that I finished similar, but -- I didn't expect him to get that last ball, that's for sure. I mean, I knew I had to cover the line, but I was like, Come on. The ball was solo.
It's just that moment. That's how it is. This is where I feel I can count a lot on, you know, sort of my shots and you improvise. The last point was just great.
Q. You have a lot of experience here having done well, how the grass court changes as the event goes on, you get the brown in there. What's it like? Is it different bounces?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely.
Q. How do you feel about it?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think -- I mean, I hit on the courts I think way before Wimbledon started, and I kind of felt how the courts are going to play out. It also really depends a little bit on the weather. And I think the past weeks was pretty sunny and warm. During the week of Queen's was really hot. And I think the courts, I think, are in great conditions so far.
But, yeah, you just need to adjust. That's why I think I like grass so much, because it's not only how the grass will play or if the balls are soft or hard from the previous year maybe. You need to adjust for the opponents and everything like that. So for me I find it very kind of easy to adapt and to adjust.
So, yeah, seems so far everything is going the right way. That's all I can ask for.
Q. What's the difference in the spot that is like brownish, the grass isn't there anymore?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It gets a bit faster. And sometimes when you need to kind of push through in a quick moment, you have to be a little bit more cautious. So that means you have to stay a bit lower because it might get a bit slippery.
Q. With four guys having dominated the majors for as long as they have and you witnessing it first before you were on the tour and then since, what would you say you have learned maybe from each of those four guys or perhaps admired from each of those guys?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think all four of them have a lot of kind of similarities in terms of, you know, mental aspect and the way they play the game, the way they see the game. I have watched obviously all the finals and all the sort of big matches, as we like to call.
I cannot name one thing in particular. If you ask me to name one thing in particular, I cannot. Each one of them, you know, have their own kind of, you know, go-to play, so to speak.
Yeah, for example, Roger likes to, you know, play serve and volley in certain moments. Novak likes to hit that return. You know he's going to wait for the return there. You know he's going to make it. Andy tries to, you know, kind of stay in the point and use every opportunity that he has as soon as you're into the point.
So there is just so many different things that all of them are doing well. So, yeah, I think just watching from outside I can just really kind of pick their brain a little bit and see where they go on big points. Those are just details that I feel I can, that I think I have learned a lot from outside watching. Obviously every time that I'm against them, I will try to play, you know, the right way.
Q. Your next opponent is something of a surprise, John Isner just lost. He was a foot and an inch taller than his opponent, who is 5'9". What have you seen in the way that Dudi Sela plays and what challenge does he present for you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, he beat John on grass. Obviously he's doing something right. He's playing really well. I don't need to -- I mean, I'm not allowed to underestimate the opponent or whatever. I mean, that's a hell of an effort, for sure, like for him to beat John.
I saw a little bit of the last game of the match, and, yeah, he's just playing well. So, yeah, for sure it's going to be a tough match. There's nothing -- there's no way that I can just predict what's going to happen right now.
Q. We are past the days when people talk about you being the next Roger and all that stuff.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Thanks (smiling).
Q. Because you have a one-handed backhand, can you watch him on grass here and there are things about the way he plays here that can help you, because your games are recently similar?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, yes, but in the same time no. I mean, we, I think, move a little bit different. For example, I slide and he doesn't. I can give you like so many differences in our game and all that.
But yes, I think I can see maybe some of the plays that he does more than how he's hitting the shot or something like that.
But I think, for me, it stops right there. Yeah, again, I love to watch whoever those guys are playing, you know, it's just magnificent time for me. Every time I'm in front of the TV, I'm always watching, because it's interesting, and you can see maybe on tight points where they going to go, how they serve, how they think.
Yeah, there is a lot to learn.
Q. I think you did a trick shot behind the back and you did the splits a couple of times, the diving volley. Do you think you're the biggest showman at Wimbledon?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I don't know. That's up for you guys to determine. The one behind the back, I thought the ball was out so I just kept on walking to the chair, and luckily nobody said anything (smiling).
Q. You won the point, anyway?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. I mean, but that was pure luck that I won the point. But, you know, today on days like that, you just take everything as it is and just put it behind.
Q. How much do you enjoy the other showmen? Who are your favorite showmen among the men?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. Well, Gaël was doing a great job with that. Of course when Nick is at his best, it's pretty amazing to watch the stuff he does on the court.
I mean, I think quite a few players are pretty crafty, and I think nowadays I feel everybody has improved so much overall so you never know who's going to make the best shot overall. I mean, it's not a competition for that, don't get me wrong, but it's pretty nice when whoever does it, I think, it's pretty amazing to watch. It just shows you how -- I mean, how nice, how cool the sport is sometimes.
Q. There were theatrical moments out there, like you did the splits and the last diving volley. Do these come naturally to you or was it because you were more relaxed because the match was going well?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, the diving volley, there is nothing else you can do. You dive and you pray. I mean, I don't think of those -- honestly, I don't think of those shots. As I said, when they come to the match, they come at the right time. That's what I like to say. They come pretty natural, whether it's for me or whoever else.
I mean, that's the beauty of it. You never know when those opportunities will present themselves.
Q. And also today is the anniversary of your junior win here in 2008. Do you often think about that moment and also does it give you confidence or does it put more pressure on you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Definitely pressure. I mean, how cool is this? I won Wimbledon nine years ago. As a junior, though. Well, my goal is to win, you know, Wimbledon now. So that's what's in front of me.
Every time I go to actually practice at Aorangi I always see the board out there and see my name. Every year I take a picture and every year my coach goes, Grigor, you take the same picture every single year. I say, I don't know. I think it's cool.
Hopefully I can come back one day here and take a picture on that side.
Q. Did you ever play on grass when you grew up and if not, when you first did this did you fall in love with it right away?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think the first time I hit on grass was maybe the year before, I believe. But I always, like, I felt, like, comfortable on it. Like, I never thought about, you know, oh, my God, it's grass, I need to do something else or something different. No, just keep on working, you know.
And just like every surface, just keep on working, stay humble, be hungry for every point, every tournament, every match that you've got to play. Yeah, give 100% from yourself every single day, whether it's a match or a practice and how the cards will unfold wait and see.
Q. Talking to Gaël, he was saying his movement on grass, he has to think about it too much and that's why he doesn't like it. But for you it seems more instinctive, the way you move on grass seems instinctive.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, like I say, I don't think about it. When I do certain shots, I don't think about it. They come to me natural. As soon as I get on a grass court I don't think about how I'm going to move or, oh, my God, I need to make sure I put the right foot in front of the left, no, definitely not.
When things are coming natural, I think it makes things easier, and, yeah, you focus more on your game and what's the obstacle in front of you.
Q. Considering Nadal's much different style than a lot of other guys, does it make sense he's been good on this stuff?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course. Oh, yeah, absolutely. This guy has proven himself more than -- I mean, I feel more than anybody. He basically adapt his game to win Wimbledon. If you guys disagree with me, please. But I think he just adapt his game to win Wimbledon. And he keeps improving, you see him every day on the court, whether he works on his serve or it's distinct every time I see him out there. I see what he's working on, and it shows.
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Grigor Dimitrov: First round
Grigor Dimitrov talks to the media after the 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-2 win against Diego Schwartzman
Q. Did you think that the key of the game was in the end of the first set?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, for sure the first set played a big role. I think the first game of the match was a very poor game for me, but I managed to win it. That was important.
Yeah, had a few games that I had a pretty loose points, about 10 in a row. That obviously wasn't ideal for me.
But, yeah, after that first set, I had a bit more confidence. I played better I think overall. That was very positive. I'm just pleased to go through first round in straight sets.
Q. You looked very uncomfortable with your drive, could be?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: When?
Q. In the second set, the start of the second set.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I didn't feel uncomfortable with my game.
Q. With the drive.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: With my forehand?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I don't think so. I think I started with the break, I think in the second set. So, yeah, I missed a few forehands. Other than that, I don't think that my forehand was not working today. I think especially, yeah, end of the second set, beginning of the third, I think I was striking the ball pretty well.
Q. You did really well at Queen's. Have you placed yourself any goals for this tournament?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I'm planning myself to win 18 sets (smiling).
Obviously it's not easy. First matches are never easy. But, look, today was a pretty tricky opponent to play in an opening round. I've known Diego for quite a time. We had quite a few matches to play against each other. I knew it was not going to be an easy match, for sure.
But, hey, this is what it is right now. Yeah, I'm just looking forward for what's next.
Q. Did the match with him bring back some maybe bad memories from last year?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, no, no, no. Actually we're pretty friendly to one another in the locker room. Before the match today we spoke a little bit. That's all behind, I think.
Q. On Saturday you gave a tennis lesson to Romeo Beckham. How did this come about?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Romeo, he's a very talented kid. I think he hasn't played tennis for that long, but he sure showed I think a lot of potential. It was very nice to spend some time off the court, especially I don't want to say kids, because I like to give a bit of my time as well when they really appreciate something like this.
Yeah, I just wanted to do something nice for him. He came to quite a few of my matches I think on the days. Yeah, glad to spend also some time with Victoria and get to know the family from close.
Q. Lots of fans were waiting for you outside the court today. How does that make you feel?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's always great. Always great. I think obviously there's quite a few countries when I'm playing in, I see the Bulgarian flags. The supporters are pretty awesome out here. Yeah, hopefully in the next matches I'll play on even bigger courts and I can see a lot more of those audience around.
Q. You and Roger are in the same end of the draw. Are you planning any songs for your boy band?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, not here. I think here we all are pretty focused to play the tournament, just like every other one. But, yeah, we haven't had much time to all three sit down and discuss what might be our potential third song to end up the trilogy on that.
Q. It's better for you to play in the small courts because you feel the feelings of the people?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, it doesn't matter. I don't think Court 12 is also that small court. I think everybody was pretty happy. Everybody got what they want. The crowd was full. It doesn't matter.
It's the first round of a major. Everything counts. So doesn't matter if you're going to have, you know, 20 people or 100 people, you're there to do your job.
Grigor Dimitrov: First round - The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 - Official Site by IBM
|06-25-2017 04:13 PM|
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June 23, 2017
G. DIMITROV/D. Medvedev
6-3, 3-6, 6-3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. It was a tough match. Maybe the fact that he got into the match already injured on his shoulder played some role in the way you approached the match? Maybe changed your tactics according to that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, not at all. It is what it is. You know, you're injured, you're injured. It's just tough conditions today. It's pretty windy. It just wasn't easy to play the game that I wanted to play, but I think I had a right approach for the match. Honestly, that's about it.
I'm just glad to go through the match. Yeah, I'm feeling pretty positive. Whatever it is next, I'm just going to, you know, face it and try to play better.
Q. So it was nothing like I'm going to play on his forehand, for example, because his shoulder might be...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I don't believe in these things. Yeah, for sure I wanted to do probably a little bit more of, you know, maybe come to the net a little bit more. But it was pretty windy today. It was not easy to play the game that I wanted to play, as I said.
So, yeah, I just played a little bit more slice and simplified my game, yeah, stripped it down to as much as I could. I just had to just count on certain weapons and play right at the right moments.
Q. Berdych or Lopez next. It's a pretty tight match out there. A quick word on both those opponents.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Either one is going to be pretty tough. Feli is extremely good grass court player. He knows his way around the court pretty well. Very experienced, as well.
Tomas, on the other hand, is a pretty strong hitter, especially on faster surfaces. He's a very tough opponent. So whoever it is is going to be a very challenging match for me.
Yeah, I'm in the semifinal of Queen's. As I said, I'm pretty positive, excited to get out there and perform again. It's been a while since I have felt that good on the court, so I'm just going to try to use that momentum, and whoever I play I'm going to focus entirely on my side of the court.
Q. You talked about this a little bit earlier in the week, but I wonder, what is it about grass surface that suits your game so much, especially where grass is such a rare surface and one that practically doesn't exist in your native Bulgaria?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, you get used to it. I think earlier hitting on the grass court really helped me. I'm enjoying it, just because you never know how many matches you're going to play on grass and how many times you're going to get a chance to get on the practice courts. So every practice, every moment spent out there, it's a moment that I appreciate. Just trying to make the most out of it.
So, yeah, I wish for sure there were more grass court tournaments, but in the same time, it is what it is and you make the most out of it.
Q. I'm not sure if you're aware, but while you were playing, Dan Evans has just tested positive for cocaine. He's been kind of provisionally banned starting next week. Do you have any comments about...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I just hear this from you. I had no clue. Any news like this, it's sad for tennis.
Q. You said when Sharapova was banned that you thought that was right. Does that kind of mindset change when it's a nonperformance-enhancing drug?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think none of that is comparable, so I think it's not even important to talk about things like that right now.
Q. But you believe he should serve his time? He's accepted the charge, et cetera, so you believe...
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It is what it is, and there are circumstances to everything. I haven't -- I don't know exactly what it is. I haven't -- I heard it here for the first time.
As I said, it's sad to see it. Yeah, whatever it is after that, I think it's to be determined. So let's see how it evolves.
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June 21, 2017
G. DIMITROV/J. Benneteau
4-6, 6-3, 6-4
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You were down a set. Three of the top seeds went out yesterday. Did it come across your mind, oh, no, I don't want to be the fourth one?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. I mean, you don't think of these things when you're in the match. That's not a healthy way of thinking when you play a tennis match. I mean, it's tiring as it is already to have to fight for every point and try to find a way to win, and if those kind of thoughts are starting to come into your head, then you're going to lose the match way before you actually get to the match.
So, no, of course not. I'm just focusing on my things and what I had to do. The outcome was great. I'm just happy that I won the match and I think even happier that I didn't play my best and I won.
Q. The first game was pretty poor as a start, by your standards. But from then on it was pretty much on serve in that first set and from then on you looked pretty good, I thought.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah.
Q. Were you happy turning it around? And where do you think your level is at?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think with each match, level gets higher and higher. I need to think what I can do better the next match. Indeed a pretty poor start for me. Three double faults. That's very unlike me.
But what can you do? It happens. It's as simple as that. I don't want to get too down on myself just because I think throughout the whole match I did a lot of double faults, but they were all intended double faults. It's not like I was tight or nervous or anything like that, no. I was just going for serve.
In a way I'm happy that things turned out to be that way, because if it wasn't for some double faults, I wouldn't have served that well I think throughout the, yeah, set 2 and 3.
Q. Are you feeling as good as you were at the very start of the year, semifinals of the Australian Open?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, I don't compare tournaments in the past to now. The point is to feel good every week. We all know how hard it is to try to compete week in and week out, especially the level that we are playing right now. Everybody is playing well.
Yeah, so I think for me it's just -- I think I'm improving, which is the point. Yeah, in Australia, again, early matches, I didn't play good. I didn't think I played good, but with each match my level was increasing. My confidence was getting better. My game overall was just increasing by each match.
So I'm trying to do the same thing every tournament, not only beginning of the year or, you know, March, February, whatever it is. That's just the way it is. And now I just look forward for every other match I have.
Q. Your ranking has improved again. It was about 37 last year. Closing in on the top 10. Do you set any goals this year?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I haven't focused on the ranking much. But my goal is to, of course, try to get to London. Quite a few times I have missed it by just, you know, whether it's a spot or two the past years.
So this is, I would say, my goal. What it requires to be, whether you like it or not, like top 8, I think that's a higher goal as it is. But again, right now I need to stay grounded, stay humble, and focus on what's ahead of me, to be honest. I'm very excited about not only the grass court season but the summer ahead. I feel it's going to be great. My team is feeling good, and we don't know what we're gonna do. We have our goals in front of us. We have everything that we need to do in order for things to work.
And, yeah, all I'm saying is that you can give yourself the best chance every day to be the best that you can. How the match is sometimes, it's entirely up to the match. You can do whatever you can for yourself.
Q. Vallverdu, good experiences with Murray at Wimbledon in the past. Have you drawn on any of his experiences of that sort of success in Grand Slams to help you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, yeah, it's going to be our first Wimbledon together. So, yeah, I'm sure we're gonna sit down and talk about that a little bit. But right now we have quarterfinals in Queen's Club. That's No. 1 priority.
Q. You won here in 2014. How much would it mean to you to get the title again, and what would it mean moving on to Wimbledon?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, that's an extra boost, coming to Wimbledon and, let's say, you win here again. Yeah, that you're a good contender for the tournament. But again, I don't like to look that far ahead, because I have done that in the past and it just never has led to any good.
As I said, you just have to stay in the moment and stay in the present, and for me that's the key right now. I think I have been doing a lot of work on and off the court, even on days that I'm not supposed to be on the court.
I mean, yeah, whether that's going to pay or not, that's another thing. As I say, I love the process right now. I'm excited every day to come to the courts, and I think this itself adds up a lot of value to me. And if it doesn't happen now, I know in the long term it's going to come my way.
Q. Any thoughts why many of the top seeds have gone out? Tomas is having a little bit of a battle at the moment.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, it is what it is, guys. Let's face it. I mean, everybody is playing good nowadays. I don't think we should be that hard on the situation. I believe all these players that are out right now, they will be extra motivated when Wimbledon comes around. They are going to have extra days to be on the court, extra days to rehab or to work on certain, on their tools.
So, yeah, I mean, it is what it is. What happened happened before. It's not like the first time we have seen something like this. But, yeah, we just pay the right respect to everybody, and then, yeah, you always have two players that come out on the court and one has to come out a winner, and that's I think the beauty of the sport. And even more so now, I think, when you see so many changes, what it is in the ranking, the generations and everything. I think it's great for the sport, great to have that kind of, you know, like fresh new matches all of a sudden, and that's also what makes it special.
Q. How do you think you have evolved as a player between your 2014 win and today?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think I definitely played better tennis since 2014. I think that was the year for me that I was kind of riding the wave and I wasn't really ready, I think, prepared enough to keep on maintaining that. And I think that first year was -- I think it took a lot out of me physically and mentally. Yeah, coming to the year after, I didn't really like find the right way to start well.
And I had other changes outside of the court. So just everything played a big role into I think into my development. But, yeah, there are tough moments, and, yeah, I think I'm tougher than anything that I had to overcome.
So I'm proud of myself, I'm proud of my team, the people that have been close to me, my family. This is something that I don't want to forget.
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June 19, 2017
G. DIMITROV/R. Harrison
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How do you feel after your first win on grass?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Great. It's nice. Nice to win. Coming out on the grass courts always have high expectations from myself. Yeah, but this match just proved that I have practiced, I have done a lot of work on the court, felt confident, which is very good.
And, yeah, I was just happy to close the match in two sets and didn't have to waste any more energy or anything like that. Yeah, I'd like to build up from this match and go on with whatever is in front of me now.
Q. What was the difference between here and Stuttgart?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Just match is a match. You have days that things are not going your way and some days things are just clicking. I mean, I think I have put a lot of work in the past two weeks, you know, on and off the court. So for sure I expect something to come around.
Yeah, today was just, you know, a solid match. It's never easy to come out on that centre court or Monday. The grass is still a little bit slippery. You need to be careful a little bit. I found my way around the court pretty well, and I think I'm most pleased with that today.
Q. Were you actively trying to keep the points short?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. I was pushing myself to just stay in the moment, stay in the present, return every ball that I can, make sure that I take the right decision, yeah, trying to serve as best I can and making sure that I keep that focus throughout the whole time.
Now we are playing best of three, but in two weeks' time we are going to be playing best of five. So you need to push yourself to get over that extra hurdle. Even if it's in straight sets, you still need to kind of push yourself to have that mentality that you have done the work, you push yourself for two, three sets. Yeah, today was, as I said, overall it's just a good performance for me today.
Q. Bulgarian groups here. Do you feel the support?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Always, always, always when I see the flags around. Yeah, this year the surroundings look so much bigger. As I said, I see so many familiar faces, but it's great to see actually on a Monday with such great weather, people are coming to watch and enjoying the tennis. That's just beautiful to see. It's great for the sport, and especially when it's on grass, it's even more special, see the Bulgarian flags. It's always a good sign for me.
Q. You won the tournament in 2014. Does that give you more motivation every time you come here?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Absolutely. Yeah, I mean, I would love to repeat that. As I said, every tournament you play on grass, I just want to win it. The grass court season is pretty short, so you just need to make sure that you get the most out of it.
In my case right now, I mean, I didn't have such a good match in Stuttgart for which I was obviously quite disappointed because I kind of felt like a wasted tournament.
But I didn't get discouraged. I kept on playing, kept on practicing, arrived here and just pushed through the days of work in practice. And today I was just very happy and positive to come out to compete.
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June 2, 2017
P. CARRENO BUSTA/G. Dimitrov
7-5, 6-3, 6-4
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. You played unbelievably for the first four games then suddenly something got off?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. Just played -- had a good start. Just couldn't get in my rhythm after, simple as that. There's not much I can say about that. Shame, because I thought I was, you know, just playing well.
And to have a start like this for the match was just perfect. And I think I just couldn't sustain that level. And I think this is, like, accumulation from the past months that I had a bit of a dip. And I didn't play enough matches, I think, on clay.
And yeah, just how is it. And I think he just deserved to win. That's, I mean, that's what I can say regarding the first set and probably the rest of the match.
Q. You had a fantastic sort of first month, month and a half. I guess you mentioned the clay hasn't been great. I guess you had a couple of disappointing ones towards the end of the hard. How do you identify the different phases that you have been through this year?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: At some point you're going to have a little bit of a dip. I think the end of last year and the beginning of this one, so I would say the past eight months I think I gave a lot for myself, I think, on and off the court to keep up on the good practice, playing solid matches, winning tournaments.
And yeah, I think just now I just didn't follow a good path. Especially, as I said, on the clay court, I didn't have enough matches. My game wasn't as consistent. So when it comes down to those clutch moments like today, I wasn't able to turn things around. Just simple as that.
But yeah, I'm not discouraged. I think I have a lot to look forward to. The grass court is around the corner. I'm excited about that after, you know, the hard court.
So yeah, I need to stay positive right now, simple as that, and keep things as simple as I can and just go back to the basics. You know, try to create my routines again, follow a good path when I play matches and move forward. Yeah. That's just how is it. There's no secrets when it comes to that.
Q. What do you think the challenge for Milos will be against Pablo?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: When they play against each other?
Q. Yeah. What will Milos' challenge be playing Pablo?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: He played really well, I must say. He played a good match today, like, against me. And I think he was going a lot for his shots and he tried to even improvise a little bit at certain occasions. I think this is something that might hurt Milos for sure. But yeah, if Milos serves well and plays his game, it's always tough. It doesn't what surface you're playing on.
But as I said, I think just Pablo has quite a bit of confidence right now. He's been -- I think he's been playing well throughout the whole clay court season and even before that he had good results. So for sure that helps him to do well. And also for sure after today's match, he gained even more and more confidence.
And yeah, I mean, I think overall that's what is going to be important. I mean, he fights pretty much every point, and he was able to do it over and over again today. And I think it's going to be interesting match for either one of them.
Q. What will you do now? I know that Queen's is a tournament you enjoy a lot. Are you going to get there a bit earlier?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I'm playing Stuttgart before that. So, yeah, probably couple days off, just try to get the body ready for the grass. Starting to prepare differently now, work on the fitness.
And, yeah, I just get back to the basics. I mean, this is the only thing that I can do right now. And yeah, I need to just -- the only thing I feel I really need to do now is just stay humble. Be on the path that I'm in right now. Because I feel I've been doing good on and off the court, working really hard on the fitness side. Even on the days off here was just doing constant work.
So I'm pretty happy with this. The team feels that everything is going towards that path again that we feel that the confidence is coming back and that I'm ready to compete even harder. And I'm excited about what's ahead.
Q. Roger is playing Stuttgart. How do the boys in the locker room feel about him coming back?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I mean, I think nobody really, like, thinks about that anymore. I mean, it's for sure great to see him back on the court. I'm a big admirer of his game. And he's my singing partner. So yeah, I need to support that.
But yeah, you know, grass court always brings back good memories to me and brings a good smile on my face as soon as I step on it. And yeah, I'm really looking forward to what is ahead.
I mean, for sure I'm going to dwell on that match a little bit. I wish I could just erase from my memory, but I have to put it behind. I'm sure I could have done a lot of things better. But the clay court season is over for me, so onto the next one.
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May 31, 2017
G. DIMITROV/T. Robredo
6-3, 6-4, 7-5
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. Through two matches, how are you feeling about your form?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Good. Good. I think it was a better match today than the first one. A lot of positive things. Also a lot to look forward to for the next round. I still believe that I can do a few things better.
But, yeah, overall, I think it's a good, good second match. Tough opponent. We all know how Robredo can compete. He's been quite a few times do that the second we got here. So super experienced player.
And just pleased, just pleased. That's all I can say right now. Pleased with my game and looking forward to what's ahead right now.
Q. You said that you could do a few things better next round. Like what?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I can just improve a little bit on certain shots. Take maybe a few better decisions on occasion. I think the first serve was very good today and the second as well, but I still feel that I can do even better. That's the one thing.
And my movement can improve as well. And that's the best thing is actually with each match you just starting to feel better and better. You're starting to find your way around the court. You're hitting the ball better. Your confidence is coming.
So just there's a lot of positive things that I can take from today, but still the job is far from over.
Q. I'm not sure if I have seen you since January and you obviously had a pretty amazing start to the year in Brisbane and Melbourne. How do you think things have been going since? Do you feel like you lost the momentum somehow, or are you regaining it, or how do you feel about how things went after that? Because you started at a very high level this year.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. It's great. That's what I wanted to do. I wanted to get my ranking high. I wanted to improve to win a few more matches, so to speak. Good start in Melbourne. Also winning at home was pretty big for me. It was one of my highlights for sure.
If I lost some momentum, I can't say something like that. I wouldn't call it that way. It's just a few tough rounds here and there. Indian Wells, quite a few match points. I can just sit there and name quite a few matches that I had so many opportunities and it just didn't go my way.
But that's tennis if you think about it. It's a pretty competitive sport, and especially where tennis is at right now where there's absolutely no easy rounds. You have to be on top of it day in and day out.
Yeah, for sure, if you just -- you know, I battled a virus also for quite some time. So it was just like a lot to add on. But at the same time I didn't feel discouraged. I was just keep doing my stuff, keep going through the routines, keep working on my game.
And yeah. Just, I mean, the worst thing you can do is get down on yourself, because then you don't feel you do the right things and you start to be in this negative feeling. And for me that's just not in my nature and I refuse to be that way.
It took me quite a few years to get to the level that I am, and now it's just all about my next step. And I think I'm on the right path now.
Q. I'm not sure if you followed any of the controversy going on around Margaret Court that's been going on the last week or so.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I haven't read anything. I have to be completely honest. When I'm playing, I'm staying away from social media and everything that surrounds me.
Q. Then next match. I'm not sure if it's finished yet, but I think Carreno possibly next, and he's had a big year. He was in the top eight for London a month ago or so. Just thoughts on that match. He's obviously a guy that maybe likes clay more than you do.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, he has improved a lot especially over the course of the past two years. He loves clay a lot. I think the last time I played him, I lost against him. So for sure it's going to be a great match-up, I think, for both of us.
Whether it's any surface, I don't care. I think I've proven myself that I can play good on pretty much all the surfaces. And I had good success on clay, as well, beating good players. So nothing is going to -- I think nothing is going to stop me on wanting to do that and achieving my goals. It's just the way it is.
And whoever I have to face, I'm pretty excited to play. I think this is the best thing when you come on the court and you feel happy and excited to compete. This is also where the character comes in.
And, I mean, come on. We're at the French Open, third round. Let's just get it going.
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May 28, 2017
G. DIMITROV/S. Robert
6-2, 6-3, 6-4
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. Grigor, congrats. How does it feel to finally get the first round win here? It's been a few years.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I was sure that question was coming. It's great. I'm so happy. It's good. You know, it's always good to win that first match, especially at any Slam, but here for the past three years I haven't been able to win a match.
So just today was a good day for me to start a good campaign. You know, I like my chances out here. I like the clay. So I just want to make sure that I'm doing the right things in order to win every round.
Q. Does that kind of record from the last three years creep in your mind before a match like today?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. No, no, no, not anymore, I think. It's important when you're focused on your job and your goal not to think about these things. It happens for sure.
One of the first times passing by the grounds a week ago, I was just like, Wow, you know, I'm back here again. I was like, Come on. This year is different. Different mentality.
But, yeah, I had good practices leading up to this week. So, yeah, I'm just taking one match at a time right now.
Q. You had a fantastic start of the season. After that, you hadn't results as you hoped for, I guess. What happened then? Were you overplayed from the good start or what?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. I just played -- I played good match. I played a lot of matches, which was important for me. I had to get my ranking high up.
Yeah, I don't think I've been playing that bad to be honest with you. I've been playing good tennis, just a bit unfortunate in certain tournaments, match points here and there.
So I wouldn't call that bad play. I'm putting myself in those positions to win and it just didn't go my way this time. And, yeah, the clay court hasn't been the best season so far for me, but I'm right there, and I think I can compete with the best ones on a clay court. I've been playing good tennis. I think my tennis has improved a lot.
So it's just switching that mentality and, you know, trying to be more positive, trying to be more -- even more disciplined, more focused on the days of the matches.
Yeah, overall just be a better player, and I think this is what I've been focusing on, and I believe in the process and I believe that is going to happen.
Q. And what are your expectations for Roland Garros after the semifinals in Melbourne?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, every Slam I have always had expectations. I like my chances of playing best of five sets. I think I have the stamina and the endurance to go all the way.
But, right now, I'm trying to lower my expectations since I haven't had the best start on the clay this year. So I'm just trying to take it one match at a time and really, you know, stay humble and compete.
Q. You're facing Tommy Robredo in the next match who is an experienced clay court player. He battled past Evans today. What are your expectations for that match?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's going to be an interesting match for me. I mean, that's a pretty good round to play. Robredo is -- I played him actually once this year and I didn't do so good against him. So I'm looking forward to play that match again. Different conditions here. Different atmosphere for sure, best of five sets anything can happen.
Yeah, but I just need to go through my routines now in the next couple of days and probably watch a little bit of the match between him and Evans and see what I can probably do better and make sure that I'm 100% ready for the next match.
Q. I would like to talk on another topic. The finals of the young guns will have a new system with games to four, shot clock, and stuff like this. What is your opinion about that? Would you like to play this kind of tennis or you're more of a traditionalist?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Fortunately, I'm not that young anymore so I'm not going to be able to compete. Yeah, I think it's great, great idea behind it. I never had this when I was playing in Juniors.
So I think the best thing is that ATP and, of course, our chairman, Chris Kermode, are doing one of the best work that I've ever seen in tennis. I think tennis has evolved so much throughout the four or five years. It's been a tremendous success overall with the prize money and everything.
So I think they're doing a great job and something like this for the NextGen, it's a great thing. And I believe everybody should play on that because there should be no exceptions because this is also how you represent the sport that you're playing. You're an ambassador of tennis, and that's pretty amazing. I mean, I wish I was 20 right now to just get out there and make sure that I get to that top final.
Q. Grigor, you have experienced different types of pressure throughout your career, so when you were younger it was the Federer reference and that kind of stuff.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah.
Q. How do you compare that kind of pressure with the pressure that comes now with the fact that you are highly ranked and difficult to beat and you have a target on your back?
A. I mean, this is great. I mean, that's why we play. We like the competition. We like to prove things to ourselves, I think, as a player and as a competitor.
It's never easy. I mean, the pressure is always different. When I was younger, it was, How can I get to top 30? After, I was, How can I get to top 20? Then it was, How can I get to top 10? Next thing is like, How can I stay top 10? Next thing you know, you're chasing those big titles.
So yeah, I mean, it's such a fine line, though. This is the bottom line. It's such a fine line. Everybody can beat everybody. The competition is so tough nowadays. So it's just those little details that make the biggest difference. It's just as simple as that. Tennis is, I think, just a simple game for -- you know, for, I guess, for intelligent people so...
Q. Simple in what way?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's just simple. Like, you know, if you're clear in your head, you know what you're doing, it's just simple. You know, it's just you know the rules. You know what you got to do. You got to follow your path.
And, yeah, just enjoy it. I think every time you get out there on the court, whether it's practice or a match, I think it's very, very important to enjoy those moments, because you never know. You never know.
And like today, me playing on center court, I did not expect at all to play on that court. And when that happened, I was like, Well, thank God I'm playing here.
You know, like, it's that appreciation for the sport itself and also playing in front of that crowd. You always remember these moments. You're going to turn back, Oh, I played on that court. I won my match. So it's like, yeah, you take pride on that.
Q. You sound very different to how you sounded last year in terms of positivity, and I'm just wondering what lead to that?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, work, maturity, there's just so many things. I mean, the different stages of your life. You're trying to figure, you know, what rocks your boat and what is important to you, and you are starting to find things that are more simple to you and you value the things differently.
And, for me, I think overall I've done, I think, a lot of improvement on myself on and off the court. I got my priorities straight. I have the right people around me and just trying to be as simple as possible so when I'm out there on the court I can take the decision to hit the ball.
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|01-28-2017 01:09 PM|
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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.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Early on.
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.
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|01-26-2017 08:37 AM|
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DIMITROV SAYS HE'S FOUND HIS TENNIS IDENTITY; COULD IT BE SLAM CHAMP?
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 ATPWorldTour.com 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 ATPWorldTour.com.
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.
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|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?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: On court?
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.
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