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Old 01-19-2015, 12:05 PM   #616
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Grigor Dimitrov 19-01-15
Monday, 19 January, 2015



Q. That the start you wanted?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, it was a good start for me. Of course, I expected it to be tricky. The conditions were good. Court was great. I think it was just a little tough for everyone to get into that rhythm, to get used to the court. It was pretty windy today, so, yeah, I think overall it's been a good start for me.



Q. You were playing the sets goals. Have you set any goals for this year what you want to achieve?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I always have goals, especially when it comes to slams, I would say. I don't want to say the other tournaments are less important, but every tournament I enter is to win. In the same time, you know that a tournament can change your whole schedule, your whole world. So in a way, this is my goal: To basically win everything that I play. From then on anything can happen. But to set one goal in particular, I'm not sure I'm that type of a guy.



Q. Since Roger Rasheed took over as your coach your slam form has been much improved. How does he make a difference to you?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Been working with Rog I think over a year now, and I think we established a really good platform, a work ethic, and I think a good relation. I think all those components in a way are really, really important, especially when you want to have such a close and tight relationship with a coach. It's never easy. But at the same time, I think we sort of found our way of practicing, of scheduling, of doing things in the right way. I still don't believe we were perfect, but we're still working on that, too, to get the right groove every time you come to an event or whether it's off-season or anything like that. So I think he brought a lot of good things into my game. I would like to say it's always been about the details, especially when it comes to big matches, big moments. That's quarterfinals, semifinals, and all the slams, of course.



Q. Does it make a difference that this is his home country?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I feel it help. I mean, I guess it does help, but I always felt good coming out of here and always had great support in Australia. Feel like an adopted Australian sometimes, especially when you come out on the court and you see all the fans cheering for you, which is great. It really helps you and boosts your confidence. It's just little different to play out here, and I like the vibe. All positives leaning on my side.



Q. Do you know any of the Bulgarian fans?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Not personally, but I think they are here last year and it's so nice to see them again today.



Q. Dustin is kind of a unique player. How tricky was it for you to play against him? Maybe hard to get into a rhythm?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, it's never easy to play against him. I believe I played against him on clay court maybe three, four years ago. I remember it was tight three sets. You don't know what to expect against him. I think the biggest thing for me today was that I just came out on the court and I was really composed. I knew what I had to do, and I just didn't -- I didn't feel like I gave him chance to do his game, so to speak. Didn't give him chance to play his shots. I think that discouraged him a little bit. After a couple breaks I already knew the match can go on my side, but at the same I have to stay focused. It's best-of-five sets and you never know what kind of shot or ball can take you out of that momentum.



Q. Do you know him personally?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: A little bit. But, yeah.



Q. Do you think personality-wise it lends well to succeeding or excelling on the court if you're an outgoing player? Do you feel like you face the pressure points easier?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I guess it helps, but sometimes I think it's on the negative side if you think about it. I just never thought about that question. I don't believe I have. I don't know. I think when it comes to certain matches, it really does help you. In the same time, you got to -- at some point you really got to look for yourself. If you play a really good friend of yourself, for example, you can't be that friendly when you come out to play against him. I guess that's that. On the other hand, you can be anything out of the court but everything is said on the court. You just got to give your best shot out there and forget about everything else.



Q. Do you consider yourself shy off the court?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: No.



Q. What's the condition like out there on that court? The courts can get pretty swirly.

GRIGOR DIMITROV: They were very swirly. That was the trickiest thing today. I think I had a warmup around 9:00, 9:30 and it was pretty dark and cold. I was thinking, God is it going to be like that the whole time. The next thing you know I came out on the court it was all sunny and nice weather and all that. It was pretty windy, I must say.



Q. Don't have the roofs over them here, are they less windy because of the way they're constructed?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I didn't think about that, but I guess at some point it helps a little bit, but not much.



Q. We've seen Milos Raonic debuted a new haircut. Nick Kyrgios has quite the interesting haircut himself. Have you ever thought of doing something like that with your own hair?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think I've past that phase. I've had a lot of haircuts, but I think it's -- visually it looks pretty good. Let's see how the guys or the people would rate that. I like it. (Smiling.)
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Grigor Dimitrov 21-01-15
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Q. Would you mind talking about what men's rivalry has been sort of the most impressionable on you, whether it's coming up or now, in men's tennis?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Whew, I don't know. Personally for me, I haven't felt that there's a rivalry at the moment to play against one player over and over again. I mean, obviously, so to speak, the younger generation, the younger guys are really pushing through and winning rounds. If you can call that a rivalry, maybe that's the way it is. But, you know, so far in a way it's early in the tournament to say that. In general, the year just began. Let it unfold a little bit before we jump into any conclusion.

Q. What about for you when you were younger? Were you a tennis fan growing up when you were a kid?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I'm not that young anymore if you think about it, but definitely growing up of course I had idols. I've looked up to a lot of players, following their success, their path. But I think now all that is behind me. I'm doing my own personality in my own way. So I think that's good.

Q. Have you been surprised by Lukas Lacko? He played a solid game today.

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I know him well enough. I think we've played once or twice before. Can be a dangerous player. I mean, of course he's playing pretty flat. He moves all around the court pretty well. He played a really good second set. After that I had a good momentum throughout the whole match. I think I was in control ever since that set.

Q. Within yourself, do you think you're ready to win a slam or do you think you might have a little ways to go?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: If you ask me, of course I'd say yes. But that's something that I definitely need to show I think throughout all the matches and be even more consistent. If I'm ready? Yeah, I think I'm ready. But before you get to the final or something like that, you need to go through quite a few players that are the top right now and playing their greatest tennis. I think the game has evolved so much in the past years that instead of getting easier, it's getting harder. I think you have a lot of guys, they have more experience, they're older, they're fitter. You have that on the radar. But in the same time, you know, I've worked throughout my career so far to position myself in those kind of matches. I'm out there to win those ones, so I think I'm aiming higher.

Q. Maria scored an incredible come-from-behind win today. Can I ask you what makes her so tough?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think days like that defines who you are. It's simple.

Q. And the definition of Maria is just...

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think I should be the last person to sort of judge that, but I think you can't name one thing in particular with her. I think she's been fighting throughout all those years, through everything that is in her way, jumped all the hurdles and all the obstacles. By far the greatest fighter ever.
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Q. Reward for the physical work you've been putting in?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah. Where should I start from? Tough game. I mean, obviously it was a tough game for me. Didn't really feel comfortable on the court. Thought Marcos was playing dominating tennis early on in the match. I wasn't really able to turn things around as fast as I wanted to. I felt quite good physically, which was I think the best sign for me today. I'm not going to hide my excitement of winning the match because it meant a lot to me. To be able to play three and a half hours and win 6-3 in the fifth and feelin really good after the match physically, that says a lot for me. Just getting ready for the next one.

Q. A couple days ago you called Maria the greatest fighter ever. What about the match today, the fight that you showed?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I just said matches like that really defines I think who you are and how you want to be, I don't know, remembered, your nickname, whatever you guys want to call it. I just feel that matches like that, it's really important to win, even if it's not on your best days. I think this is how you go forward. Today was one of those days for me, that I didn't really feel good on the court, wasn't really comfortable with my game, but I found a way to fight through it two sets to one down. To me that says a lot. In the same time, gives me a lot of confidence.

Q. Do you think 18 months ago, two years ago, you might have let that match go?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Let it go (smiling)? I'm sure I wouldn't perform that way, that's for sure. But, you know, I think that's in the past. I'm happy that I've worked my way through that stage and that I'm going to be better from now on.

Q. Why do you think you weren't feeling comfortable today?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Because it's not every day you wake up in the morning and you feel 100% to play tennis, you know. Especially on days like that, it's really important to keep your sanity, you know, give what you got, play with what you have. So to me was just one of those days that pretty much nothing was going my way. But the only thing I had was like my composure, my physicality that really came through in the fifth set. I thought I played smart when I had to. I think that made a lot of big difference, especially in his game. I thought he was performing really well. I thought he played a really good tennis. So I just had to come up with some extra stuff from me, and I think I did.

Q. Did you have some shoe issues? You switched two or three times.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, but it's all in the frame. I think I finished the match with shoes on my feet, so that's good. Yeah, I have enough to finish the tournament with.

Q. Andy took the first set 6-1. If it's going to be him in the next round, how much do you look forward to that matchup?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, it's a great matchup for me. I'm always excited to play against him. You know, I had a tough loss against him in Paris. So, you know, it's a good matchup. I always like that kind of challenge. I think physically and mentally I'm ready to play that match and really give 100% from myself. I'm going out there to win the match. So there's nothing else I can say about it.

Q. Do you look at your Wimbledon quarterfinal as maybe the best match you played at a slam so far?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Maybe. I would say maybe. But I don't really think so. It just happened for me on that day to really play good. I thought I really played good on that day. I use every single mistake that he did. I'm sure if I play him in the next round he's going to be really focused and composed and wants to do everything to stop me. In the same time, I'm feeling really ready, and I like my chances every time I go out on the court. So I think it's going to be a great matchup.

Q. Are you expecting a different Murray from that day? He was very flat on that day.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I think you hardly ever see like top players to feel really flat early on in the match. I think it's a different scenario this time. I think he has a lot to look forward to. I think adding up the new team, I think it's all fresh. I think it's going to give him a bit more excitement to compete, which I'm certainly aware of. But in the same time, I feel that I'm pretty stable around me as well. I think the only thing I can do is get out there and play my tennis.

Q. It was twice last year. Was there anything particularly you did both matches that that you think will come to you forefront?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Played only once at a Grand Slam. As I said, just that day it was not him out there on the court. I think we all know that. I think all the other matches have been always close against him. We always had good battles. We know how we play, so there's no secrets out on the court, which is in a way nice to have. At least you know what to expect. I think it's going to come down to those kind of little moments that we can use.

Q. You gave a passionate salute to your box today. How has Roger helped you on days like today?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I thought I was really calm and composed throughout the match today. I think this is what I really needed today. I couldn't really push myself even more. But deep down I knew what I had to do. I knew what I wanted also from my team, to cheer me up in a certain way. I mean, I'm sure they believed in me throughout the whole match, so I knew I had their backup. In the end, I just really pulled it through in a manner that I wanted to. You know, it's all teamwork.

Q. What you said about Maria the other day, did she have anything to say about your praise?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You should ask her about that (smiling).

Q. The atmosphere was charged on Show Court 3 with all the cheering. Did you feel strong support from your fans? Did that help you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Always. You know, it's always. But Marcos has always been a favorite guy out here. Of course, the crowd was cheering that's in the game, and you just got to embrace it. I like it. I mean, I like it when the atmosphere is like that. Actually fills me up with a positive thoughts. At the same, time it's nice to prove someone wrong.

Q. Gives you something to hit against?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I wish I could have hit a ball in some other direction, but that's not the case. I think also those kind of matches really help you through mentally. I think I played also quite a few matches, Davis Cup matches, that got me through situations like that. For me it wasn't something new that I was discovering, but in the same time it felt kind of nice.

Q. You and Andy still good friends?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think we respect each other. We say hi to each other. No hard feelings. When you get to the court, everything's changing, right?
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Sunday, 25 January, 2015


Q. Did you feel like you were a bit jinxed at the end?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Jinxed or not, when you play a match like that, you don't actually think about anything. I'm not going to hide my disappointment. I'm pissed.



Q. That was a bad call on the serve, the one that had to be replayed?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I guess when it comes to moments like that, everything is in the game. Obviously it was supposed to happen that way.



Q. Murray said it came down to a bit of luck. Is that your view, or do you feel there are other things you could have done?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: You mean me playing my game?



Q. Yes.

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Of course. I mean, if you lose you obviously haven't done some things right. You know, I'm happy that I competed at a good level and it takes a player like Andy to beat me like that. You know, I'm just disappointed because it's not the result that I wanted. For sure I could have done things better, some things better.



Q. You were leading 5-2 and it was deuce. You hit a forehand on the line. The line judge called it wide. Murray's shot was wide. Do you think that was a breaking point of the match?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: No. I don't think this is a breaking point. Especially when it comes to points like that, you don't think about it. You just want to focus for the next shot, for the next point. I mean, I thought it was just a weird call because he actually played the ball and the ball went out, and then I don't know. I don't even remember anymore, so... It's in the past.



Q. The level of the match seemed good. You both played well. Does that give you any kind of satisfaction?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think this is what is expected, to come out there and play a match like that. Satisfaction? That's very hard to say. I mean, that's hard to say. You know, it's also good for me to see what I did good, what I can do better next time. I think Andy played a really high level throughout the whole match. Not going to hide that. I mean, that I could have done things better? Yes, I could have at certain moments, but that doesn't justify the match.



Q. Do you think he played well enough to go much deeper in the tournament? Do you see him as a strong favorite now?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think only the upcoming matches would show that. I say it's still early in the tournament. Even though it's quarterfinals, the next rounds, anything can happen. I mean, if you play, if you compete, the odds are on your side.



Q. Do you feel you should have taken more risks in the match or are you happy with the way it went?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I don't think I should have done anything different. I had a clear game plan and I knew what I wanted to do. I was actually pretty relaxed. And coming out there on the court, I just felt that I've played matches on this kind of court before, I knew the opponent, and so in a way I was really composed with the way I wanted to play and what I wanted to do on the court. As I said, you know, you always can do something better. But taking risk or not, it's a whole other story.



Q. Do you feel Andy really stepped it up in the fourth set when you were 5-2 up?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I thought he returned really good today. My serve wasn't at the level that I wanted. I think that sort of made the biggest difference. If you think about it, it was just one break. You never have a guarantee that, you know, you're going to win the set. I mean, Andy's a great returner, so you always got to pick your spots pretty good. If not, you know he's going to get the ball back. Of course, that puts a little bit more pressure on your side.
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Q: One of the things we heard your colleagues say about you this last time when you had to pull out of the tour again—I think it was Dimitrov and Nadal who said this—is that maybe you should try to change the way you hit your backhand. How long can it take for a player to change his style of play when he’s built a whole career playing a certain way? Is it possible to change the way you do something, when you’ve done it your entire life in a determined way?

JMDP: Yes, I listened to those things. Dimitrov even told me this in person, that I should start to hit a one-handed backhand. I think if I start practising one-handed backhands today, I wouldn’t even be able to hit it like Franco [Davin] hits it today (laughs). But, it’s too hard. It would be way too complicated. I’m not even considering it. I want to recover my hand and be able to hit [my backhand] hard like I’ve done throughout my career. I think they meant something like, “If this is a career-threatening thing, then you should try to hit it with one hand.” If that was the case, I’ll take it as advice; but right now, I’m willing to make the effort to recover my backhand. I want to have not only a powerful forehand but also a powerful backhand, like I always did.
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Grigor Dimitrov has plenty of reason to like Acapulco. For one, “it’s the best when you have the beach so close” said the 23-year-old Bulgarian, who has used every spare moment to take a dip or walk along the coast.

Beyond the beach, Dimitrov has fond memories of his visit last year, when he won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on his tournament debut. He capped off his title run in dramatic fashion. After defeating Andy Murray in a semi-final battle that finished at 2:30am local-time, he returned to the court the next night against Kevin Anderson and closed out another three-hour, post-midnight victory in a third set tie-break.

Now it’s time for Dimitrov to get back down to business as the defending champion at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament. “It’s a nice feeling to have” he said. “There’s always a strong field out here. I’m at a good level at the moment and I’m excited to start my campaign.”

Despite the competitive field, Dimitrov felt good about his chances in Acapulco. “It’s not easy conditions” said the World No. 10. “It’s very warm and humid, so not everyone likes that. I pride myself on conditions like that. I really feel that I can do well.”

Acapulco provided the springboard for his success last year. Dimitrov went on to win three titles on as many surfaces, including Bucharest (clay) and Queen’s Club (grass), and joined Nishikori and Milos Raonic as members of the new generation to break into the Top 10. This season, he began his campaign by reaching the Brisbane semi-finals (l. to Federer) and fourth round at the Australian Open (l. to Murray).

“I think at the moment everyone is playing good tennis, and everyone is pushing through really hard in the [Emirates ATP] Rankings to make their marks out there and win more tournaments and win bigger events” he said. “I think the competition is really big at the moment and that’s the beauty of it. It’s also very exciting for me to be out there on the court and perform every time because you see also how everyone is developing at the moment.

“I’m just thinking about how to go to the next step and just win bigger events, play better. I think the game is way more important, and after that the results will come.”

Dimitrov will play 22-year-old Serbian Filip Krajinovic in his first-round match. He is seeded to face Karlovic in the quarter-finals and Ferrer in the semi-finals.

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New York Minute with Grigor Dimitrov, Gabriela Sabatini

WorldTennisDay.com - March 9, 2015


We asked our 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown participants, Grigor Dimitrov and Gabriela Sabatini, a few New York themed questions prior to their Madison Square Garden appearance on World Tennis Day.


WHATS ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK?

Grigor: Wow that is a tough question. I have to say playing tennis!

Gabriela: I love to walk in New York, I like to go to the shows, to visit the museums and galleries, I like to discover new restaurants, the shopping.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK AND WHAT DO YOU ORDER AT THAT RESTAURANT?

Grigor: Koi! Fried rice with avocado on top to start with and back cod for my main course. I stayed very close to the restaurant last year at the US Open and it was very convenient.

Gabriela: My favourite restaurants are Boulud Sud, Rouge Tomate and Harry Cipriani on 5th I love the scallops from Boulud Sud, from Cipriani I love the ravioli or tagliolini pomodoro and the veal Milanese and they have my favourite chocolate fudge cake. I like everything from Rouge Tomate so I try something new everytime.


WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT NEW YORK EG: IF ITS SHOPPING, WHERE DO YOU GO, IF ITS TAKING A WALK, WHERE WOULD YOU WALK?

Grigor: I have a little spots in Soho that I like for shopping. Hotoveli is one of my favorite stores in NYC. I also love walking around central park during the summer.

Gabriela: The best thing is that everytime I go it’s a new experience, I´m always discovering new things. I love the energy. I like to walk through Madison Avenue, Soho, to run in Central Park.


HOW ARE CROWDS IN NEW YORK DIFFERENT TO THOSE FROM OTHER PLACES?

Grigor: The energy is insane. The NY crowds make you feel like a rockstar.

Gabriela: The tennis crowd is very unique, they are very intense and like to get involved in the game, their energy is always very motivating. I always loved playing in front of the New York crowds.


WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST IS A MUST DO FOR ANYONE VISITING NEW YORK?

Grigor: Go to Eataly NYC. It is a must! I always try to make one trip there while I am in NYC.

Gabriela: Walk through Central Park, see a show, go shopping.


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THAT YOU HAVE NEVER DONE IN NEW YORK?

Grigor: I have heard great things about the highline path. I would also love to take a boat out to see the Statue of Liberty. The trouble is I just never have the time when I am here for the US Open.

Gabriela: To go through all of New York by bicycle.


THE EXPERIENCE OF PLAYING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN?

Grigor: I’ve never have experienced anything like that! I’m really looking forward to it. It definitely one of the most unique tennis venues in the world.

Gabriela: It was one of my favourite stadiums to play in. The ambience was just the perfect one, it felt very intimate and the crowd felt so close. I´m so honored to have played there and to have this opportunity again.

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN

March 15, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

G. DIMITROV/N. Kyrgios
7‑6, 3‑6, 7‑6


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Sort of a strange end to the match there a little bit, eh?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, yeah. I mean, I didn't know what to expect anyway. When I was 5‑4 down and him serving for the match, I mean, what can I say? I'm definitely happy that I won.
I thought I could have played the match definitely, I mean, different than how the result is. But, I mean, it's tennis, and anything can change from one point to the other.

Q. You were aware that he was hurting, obviously, yeah?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I was aware after the game. I didn't see him falling at all. I did not see that. Probably that's why I missed the ball. He hit a good shot.
Anyway, I thought the ball was out, but what could I have done? What I could have done better is put the ball in the court, that's for sure.
But as you said, it was a strange end.

Q. Can you give us a sense of what makes his serve so difficult to break?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think he's tough to read, and especially when the court is very lively, like today, it doesn't really, I mean, help the returner to sort of find a good position and to return.
I mean, I think even though he was down, sometimes he was going for big second serves. You know, he was swinging freely, which helps, you know. You basically, you know, just gotta put the ball in the court somehow.
Even though that I was 5‑4 down, in a way I knew where he's gonna pick his first two serves. That was definitely a big plus for me. After that, I think it was just a matter of a few points, and definitely my mental side was better I think in the end.

Q. Can you talk about the season overall, your season?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I have had I think an all right start, so to speak. It's still early in the year, so still trying to find my game. A little bit different since I have been working on a lot of things. I think it just takes a bit of time to really find that rhythm.
Coming to the tournament, to any tournament now, I feel much more comfortable, much more confident. I have been out there on those kind of courts. I think it's definitely an advantage for me.
I know how to respond when I play in a different time of the day. That I think all adds up and helps a lot.
But I think the game still needs to improve a little bit more. Needs a bit of a sort of polish up. Every time I get the chance to‑‑ when I'm home and practicing, every time I get the chance to work on something, I do it. Usually it's very tough when you break a habit.
To come out there and play under the circumstances, under the pressure and all those kind of things, it's never easy to change it right away. I think I still need a little bit more time to sort of put all my forces into the way that we structured our game.

Q. There was a little bit from frustration I guess in Acapulco.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, every time I don't perform well there is always frustration in a way. I think I was a little bit overwhelmed with my frustration. There were a few unsettled parts outside of that.
I think it's tough mentally to, you know, really deal with that. But in the same time, going into a practice session and be, you know, like sort of thought‑free and just focus on what you have got to do and how the practice session should go.
So, you know, I had a little bit of a rough patch. I'm not going to lie for that.
But things seem to be really bright right now. You know, I fought hard for this match today. I mean, this is how I have been playing also lately, and especially last year I have been fighting a lot for a lot of matches.
Even though I was down I was able to come back, and I think this becomes a really good quality in me. I think I'm going to keep it.

Q. When you were just talking about adjusting things or working on aspects of your game, what are the priorities for you that you feel have been attended to first, second, third?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I can't put them in order. Yeah, I'm sorry about that. I can't put them in order, because sometimes it's frustrating to have so many tools in your bag. It's hard to pick the right one.
Here I can start with that. But there is just so many things. I mean, especially when you come on the practice court, there's just days that I have been playing, you know, for example, hitting cross backhands down the line for like 30 minutes.
Next day it's been sort of a general practice going through all of the motions and going through all the shots. I feel that every time I stepped on the practice court I had a goal, and my goal was to really cut down on sort of all the negativity that I was building up when I missed, let's say an easy shot and taking the right decisions.
All those kind of things just take I think so much time. I feel that I have been not struggling, but I had some problems with it before. I think slowly I'm becoming, you know, a better player. Becoming definitely a student of the game. I'm starting to love the game even more in a way, to accept more, and I think that gives you the opportunity to put yourself in a better way when you're out there on the court.
Like, for example, today I was 5‑4 down. I didn't put my head down for a second. I just kept fighting.

Q. You take less than 20 seconds to serve. The rule is forcing the slow servers to adapt. Could you comment about this a little bit?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: How long you can do, 25 seconds was it?
I haven't thought about that, to be honest. I think this is just my habit. I mean, I haven't worked on that if you ask me that. (Smiling.)
I think I'm the least guy that has problems with the 25 seconds. I haven't thought about that. I mean, the rule is there, so you either use it or you just go on your own terms. When I play, I like to do it on my terms.

Q. He's a very different style of player. How would you characterize Kyrgios' style of play?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: You caught me off guard. (Smiling.)
He's an extravagant player, obviously. He tries a lot of different shots, a lot of unstandard decisions. You know, I don't know how can I just say with one word what kind of player he. I mean, he is still yet to come up there. He's been having really good results. He's been playing really good tennis.
Yeah, I can't really just say that he's that type of player or this, because I haven't seen ‑‑I mean, I have watched him play quite a few matches. None of the matches look quite the same, which I think he's still trying to find his best way. You know, when he's out on the courts trying to find his best game.
So, you know, all those things, again, do take time. I'm sure he will be the first one to let you know when he knows exactly or maybe he does already.

Q. This was billed as a sort of future generation match. Were you happy to have won it because of that? Is Nick the best player younger than you that you've played?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, it's always good to have an edge over, you know, a certain player.
But I think that thing gets ‑‑it gets old, because nowadays everyone is playing good tennis. Everyone can beat anyone if you think about it.
I'm sure that's not going to be our last match against each other, and I'm sure we will have a lot more battles. It started that way, so I hope it continues that way.

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Five Minutes With Grigor Dimitrov

MAR 16, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov can make a pretty mean chocolate chip cookie. But the Bulgarian, who is ranked No. 11 in the world and climbing his way up the ATP World Tour rankings isn't satisfied there. What'll he tackle next in the kitchen? And does he practice those incredible trick shots we see on court? That and much more in our five-minute chat with the 23 year old.

BNP Paribas Open: You hit some fancy shots out on court. Do you ever practice those trick shots?

Grigor Dimitrov: No. Occasionally I try to hit a few shots when I can in practice. My coach is never happy with them but what can I do? I like to improvise and today was one of those moments where I had to come up with shots like that. It was at the right time so that was a plus for me.

BNP Paribas Open: Which tennis players did you look up to when you were little?

Dimitrov: Sampras and Agassi, mostly. I watched them on TV but I didn't get a chance to see them much because I was in Bulgaria and they didn't have those kinds of matches there. Of course Federer and all those guys... I hoped one day that I was going to be able to compete with them out there.

BNP Paribas Open: If you could have a super hero as your doubles partner, whom would you pick?

Dimitrov: Batman. I've just liked him ever since I was young. He's the only super hero that I that I was sort of obsessed with. I like the dark sense and his cave and the cape and all those kind of gadgets. I've always liked that.

BNP Paribas Open: Tell me about your baking skills these days.

Dimitrov: Very good, extremely good. I've been working a lot on my cookies and some tiramisu lately. Everyone in the house is very happy with my skills so far and I’m trying not to disappoint.

BNP Paribas Open: So what's the next baking challenge you are going to take on?

Dimitrov: I would say cheesecake… Yeah, a good cheese cake. It's not easy, but I like the take on the challenge the same way I like to take on the challenge when I perform on court.

BNP Paribas Open: Any kitchen catastrophes ever?

Dimitrov: No, not yet. (Laughing.)

BNP Paribas Open: Outside of tennis, what sports do you like playing?

Dimitrov: I like to run a lot, biking, sometimes occasionally motocross when I get a chance. I'm trying to stay away from that all and be careful. I'm trying to be a good boy for now.

BNP Paribas Open: Last year we had that moment here where Djokovic crashed your press conference. Are you going to return the favor this year?

Dimitrov:Eventually, you know, I’m going to jump out there when he least expects it.

BNP Paribas Open: Press conference or else where?

Dimitrov: We'll see, we'll see… (Smiling.)

BNP Paribas Open: What do you like most about being out here in Indian Wells?

Dimitrov: I think I like the simplicity of being here. You can take your own car and drive to the courts. Everything is so organized. The tournament does an unbelievable job you know with the courts, the arrangements, the meals. Everywhere you stay… it’s easy. You can have a bunch of restaurants, good food and it really helps the players.

BNP Paribas Open: What are your goals for this year? How do you look at your season overall?

Dimitrov: Of course I have goals, I mean, its good to have something to chase and to fight for, I think. I think my primary goal right now is to really play good tennis and improve, improve everyday. And I think after that if you have all of that the results just keep coming.
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April 14, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov

MONTE CARLO, MONACO

GRIGOR DIMITROV/Fernando Verdasco
6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Q. Tough first‑round match. You must have been very pleased to come through that.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, tell me about it. It's never easy, especially first match, having an opponent like that.
Verdasco is known for his strength, especially on a clay court. I'm really happy with that win because it shows that I've done something right the days coming into the tournament.
It's a positive thing for me for the next one.

Q. In a way, was that the ideal kind of match for you to get things kicked off on the clay in terms of seeing where your game is at? Is that the sort of match you might have lost earlier on in the season?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: That's a tough call. But I would have loved to finish in straight sets, then I probably would have felt better.
But anyway, I mean a win is a win. I need to take things the way they are, accept them, and at the same time do the fine tuning. I think this is the moment for me that I can say I've really done some good work on clay.
Right after Miami, I started hitting on clay. I knew I had a good preparation, I could count on my legs, the strategy I was picking.
So, yeah, things are going well.

Q. You seem to be in the most stacked section of the draw, really big names in there. Does that faze you?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What can you do? I wish I could pick first, second, third, fourth round. There really is no way.
It is what it is. As I said, you need to accept. I mean, I think everyone is good. If you think about it, everyone in the draw. If you're here, if you're main draw, you can play.
In a way, you got to be ready for everything. If you think about it, yeah, I have opponents that are difficult. But I'm happy for that because that's a good stage to start. At the same time it's something that I wanted. I've worked to get to positions like that and play against them and see who wins.

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MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS

April 16, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov

MONTE CARLO, MONACO

G. DIMITROV/S. Wawrinka
6‑1, 6‑2


THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. Was it a bit weird on the court against Stan, who was missing a lot?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I like to believe I was the cause of him missing that many balls. I got on top of the match pretty early. I broke him in the first game of the first set. I had a good momentum to sort of feed off, then in the same time I was playing a good tennis.
In a way I just felt that I'm doing a good job. The only thing I could do is play my game, just having less mistakes. I think all that in a way paid off in a good way for me.

Q. Is this week the best tennis you've played since a while?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I would say yes and no. If you look at it from the tennis point of view, yeah, maybe. As a performance, even though I haven't played that many matches this year, the beginning of the year I had a good start.
I don't think of it that way because I'm focused on each tournament and what's my goal. I think this is pretty much the most important part for me at the moment, to look after my matches.

Q. I saw you playing very well yesterday against Fognini and today even better, or is it just two different opponents with different games?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: First, it's two different opponents. Second is that I think I was just very consistent. I had a good level yesterday. I felt that early on today I had a good level, too. For me, I didn't have to do anything else in a way. I didn't have to improvise much. All I had to do is play a solid game.
I think that was pretty much it for me. Everything else was just coming and I was playing good, game after game, starting to feel a bit more confident. Again, I didn't think Stan played his best tennis, that's true. Everyone saw that. But winning is winning.

Q. It's a long time since you haven't beaten a top 30 player, since Toronto last year. Is it a new click or new start?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Depends what kind of click you're talking about.
No, I haven't felt I've been lacking to beat higher‑ranked players in a way. If you think about it, the competition nowadays is so tough and so big, you can't really think like that.
I mean, if you see a guy that is, let's say, ranked 40, you can easily lose to him if you're not there, if you're not playing a good tennis.
There's just so many components that are out in the game, if you allow yourself to think that way, I think you're going to lose every day.

Q. Looking at your earlier successes, I would say that your grass court game is your greatest strength, then hard court. You seem to be improving all the time on the clay. Would you agree with that? Which surface do you enjoy playing on mostly?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I always felt I'm playing pretty much good on any surface. Of course, grass is my preferable. Of course, I like hard court.
But I grew up on clay. My early years, I mean, they were pretty much on clay. Yeah, so, I mean, I feel quite comfortable. In the same time I had quite a bit of time after Miami to come back here and start practicing. I think that was one of my best preparations I had. I felt that I've done everything in a good and a positive way. The results are here for now.

Q. If you have to choose where to play the match of your life, which surface would you pick?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Match of my life? I'll go grass, for sure.

Q. Because could be the final of Wimbledon?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Could be. Could be my dream match (smiling).

Q. Rafa is playing with a different racquet. What about your new racquet? In Rotterdam it looks like you were playing with a different racquet.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: What's happening with Rafa's racquet?

Q. He's using a different one with more open strings. It's not like yours. You were playing with a different model in Rotterdam.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: When it comes to racquets, I think it's a really personal feeling for each player. I think to go through that period is I would say one of the most painful periods for a tennis player. I mean, the game is evolving. You change as a player. The game is changing. Everything is changing in a way. Part of that is the racquet, as you mention.
I think it's really whatever suits for everyone. I've been playing with pretty much the same racquet since quite some time. But I just had to go through the whole process of finding the final tune‑up for me. I think now that I'm a little bit older, I know how my game is a little bit more, I know how my body is reacting.
As I said, it's a very delicate situation. I think every player goes through that at least once in his tennis career.

Q. Is that the final of the season?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It's pretty much the final frame. But now it's all the rest, you know, that comes with it.

Q. How do you see the next match against Gaël?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: It will be interesting. Is always interesting match when Gaël is on court. In the same time I feel, you know, very happy to come out and play.
I think this is the first big feeling for me I had in a long time. I'm kind of happy to come out there on the court and just also test myself.
It's never easy coming to play the first match. The next day you're a little sore, you feel like your body is not reacting well. I like these moments, to go through that. Now I feel I'm in a good balance.
Playing against Gaël, it's always tricky. He had a good win today. Obviously that's going to give him a lot of confidence. He would like to come out on court and show it tomorrow. There's no secret in that. But in the same time, I mean, I'm here to win. As I said before, whoever I play, I'm there to win.

Q. What is the toughest against him? Is it that you can't really guess what he's going to do?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I mean, he has his game. You know, he has his game. I can't tell you one thing in particular because, again, you never know what's going to happen. It can be unbelievable shots, the next thing it can be something different.
I think overall you just got to be really ready for whatever is in front of you. Might have a good day, come out on the court, everything goes like I want to, but there's always a possibility of the other way. Once you have that opportunity, you grab it.

Q. Is it patience that you need the most when you have to play a guy like Monfils?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: I think patience in any match right now, especially when you play on clay court... What else can I say? Of course, patience is one of the things. Attacking is also going to be a good asset to my game. I'm an aggressive player and I like to do that.
I don't think I'm going to go out of my way just because of the other player's game.


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