28 Aug 2014
Grigor Dimitrov's first participation at US Open in the men's tournament was in 2009 when he lost in the second round of the qualifications. Then he had 3 losses in the first round of the main draw in 2011, 2012 and 2013. On Wednesday Dimitrov broke the negative series and claimed his first US Open main draw victory as he beat No 184 Ryan Harrison of USA6-2 7-6(4) 6-2. It took Dimitrov just over 2 hours to beat Harrison after converting his 5 of the 13 break-points chances and hitting 37 winners.
In the second round Dimitrov will play Dudi Sela of Israel. From the previous 3 clashes against Sela Grigor has two wins - in 2013 in Queen's Club and in 2012 in Nice. Sela won once in front of home crowd at ATP Challenger tournament in 2011.
22 Aug 2014
Grigor Dimitrov is No 7 seed of the main draw of the 4th Grand Slam tournament of the year. Dimitrov won the boy's singles title in 2008 but was not lucky in the main draw matches so far - last year he lost to Joao Sousa of Portugal in the first round. In 2012 and 2011 Grigor could not advance to the second round after losing to the Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Gael Monfils respectively.
In this year's edition of US Open Grigor Dimitrov will start against Ryan Harrison of the United States. Dimitrov won the only match against Harrison in the first round of Wimbledon earlier this year. The possible next opponents for Grigor are Carlos Berlocq of Argentina or Dudi Sela of Israel in the second round. In the third round Dimitrov could meet No 32 seed Joao Sousa to whom he lost last year.
In the first quarter of the draw are No 1 Novak Djokovic and No 8 Andy Murray who could meet at the quarterfinals. Other top players in this section of the draw are Isner and Tsonga. The second quarter of the draw is lead by No 3 Stan Wawrinka. The possible quarterfinal opponent for him is Milos Raonic. Their part of the draw include Kei Nishikori and Tommy Robredo. No 4 David Ferrer and No 6 Tomas Berdych lead the third quarter of the draw with Ernests Gulbis, Feliciano Lopez, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson being their potential opponents until the quarterfinals.
If Dimitrov reaches the quarterfinals he would play No 2 seed Roger Federer. The other seeded players in the fourth quarter of the draw are Sousa, Monfils, Gasquet, Fognini, Bautusta Agut and Karlovic.
07 Aug 2014
Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the quarterfinals at Rogers Cup in Toronto after winning the very tough match against the ex No 5 Tommy Robredo of Spain. Dimitrov took the first set 7-5 and reached a lead of 4-1 in the second. Robredo stormed back, broke Dimitrov's service games twice and after taking the second set 7-5 , the match was decided in the third set. Dimitrov won the second match point in the third set when he was leading 5-4 and guaranteed his place in the quarterfinals.
"It's never easy when you play against Tommy," said Dimitrov. "He's an unbelievable competitor. Even when I was up a set and 4-2, I knew it wasn't going to be an easy finish. After losing the second set, I lost the momentum of the match, so I had to work for it a little bit more. I'm happy the way I finished."
The next opponent of Dimitrov is world No 21 Kevin Anderson of South Africa who upset No 3 seed Stan Wawrinka in the third round. Grigor won 4 and lost 2 of the matches against Anderson. The last win of Dimitrov was at the final of Mexico Open in March this year.
Looking ahead to the clash with Anderson, Dimitrov added, "I know I'm in a good position right now. He obviously had a good win today against Stan. Tomorrow's another day, another match. I like my chances."
04 Aug 2014
Grigor Dimitrov moved to No 8 in the Emirates ATP Ranking announced today. Even after missing to participate at Citi Open in Washington last week the current points of Grigor allowed him to improve his best ever ranking. Juan Martin del Potro lost points and dropped from No 8 to No 10 and this way Dimitrov and Murray moved to No 8 and No 9 respectively.
There are no changes in Top 5. Novak Djkovic leads the ranking ahead of Rafael Nadal. At No 3 and No 4 are the two Swiss tennis players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Tomas Berdych is No 5. Milos Raonic moves back to his best ranking of No 6.David Ferrer is No 7.
03 Aug 2014
Grigor Dimitrov will start from the second round at the ATP Masters tournament in Toronto, Canada, as he is 7th seeded of the main draw. His opponent will be decided in match between Donald Young and Frank Dancevic. No 73 American Donald Young had to play in the qualifications in Toronto but gained the right to start directly in the main draw as he reached the semifinals of Citi Open in Washington this week. World No 129 Frank Dancevic of Canada enters the main draw with wild card from the organizers.
In the eighth finals Dimitrov could meet Kei Nishikori, Gillles Simon, Philipp Kohlschreiber or Dominic Thiem. The other two seeded tennis players in the quarter of Dimitrov are Seed 3 Stan Wawrinka and Seed 16 Fabio Fognini. The seeded players Grigor could meet in the semi-finals are Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The second half of the draw is lead by Roger Federer. His potential seeded opponents until the finals are Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, John Isner, Ernests Gulbis, Roberto Bautista Agut and Marin Cilic.
Grigor Dimitrov was not successful in the previous two participations at Rogers Cup. In 2012 he lost in the first round of the qualifications to Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland. In the last year's edition of the tournament Dimitrov lost in the first round to Marcel Granollers of Spain.
Dimitrov is expected on court on Tuesday or Wednesday when the second-round matches will be played according to the agenda of the tournament.
28 Jul 2014
Grigor Dimitrov had to start as seeded No 3 at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington, D.C., this week. Unfortunately the world No 9 withdraws after doctor diagnosed him the flue and sinus infection.
"We will miss having Grigor as a part of this year's tournament, but his health is priority number one," said Jeff Newman, tournament director. "We hope he gets better quickly and wish him great success for the rest of the year."
Hopefully Dimitrov will get well very soon and will be able to participate at the Masters in Toronto next week. After that he will play at Cincinnati Masters and US Open.
02 Jul 2014
Grigor Dimitrov ousted world No 5 and defending champion Andy Murray in straight sets 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2 in the quarter-finals to advance to for the first time in his career to Grand Slam tournament semifinals.
“I’m excited and happy I went through in straight sets,” Dimitrov said. “It’s never easy to play Andy, especially in front of his home crowd. I was pretty fortunate today.”
“As soon as we started warming up, I sensed his game wasn’t at his highest level and I was pretty confident and playing good tennis. The first set helped me get into a good rhythm. The second set tie-break was a key moment for me. Coming into the third set, I knew I had a lot of things under control.”
“I was pretty steady during the whole match and came out the winner. I have two more matches to play hopefully. I’m trying to stay on course and prepare for the next one.”
For reaching to this stage of the tournament Grigor Dimitrov will gain 440'000 GBP of prize money and 720 ranking points and he will enter Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Ranking under No 9.
The opponent of Dimitrov in the semi-finals will be the winner of the match Novak Djokovic - Marin Cilic.
30 Jun 2014
Grigor Dimitrov continues with his winning series and now is nine matches unbeaten. The young Bulgarian enters the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after beating the Argentinian Leonardo Mayer 6-4 7-6(6) 6-2. This will be Grigor's second Grand Slam quarter-final after the loss to Nadal at Australian Open earlier this year. Grigor Dimitrov needed 2 hours and 8 minutes to defeat Leonardo Mayer. The match had been interrupted because of rain when Dimitrov led 6-5 in the second set. The Bulgarian succeeded to convert 3 of 5 break-points and with 10 aces and 34 winners reached the victory.
“Luckily we were away only for 45 minutes, which wasn't enough time to cool down. I got some food and I was able to focus on what I needed to do better. I chatted to my coach," Dimitrov said. "The work that I have put in is showing now. I am looking forward to the quarter-final.”
Grigor Dimitrov earned 380 ranking points which will be enough for enter Top 10 if Kei Nishikori loses to Milos Raonic. If Dimitrov advances to the semi-finals his tenth rank will be guaranteed even if Nishikori wins.
In the quarter-finals Grigor Dimitrov will have tough opponent - the defending champion world No 5 Andy Murray. The Scotsman leads 3-1 from all previous matches against the young Bulgarian. The most recent clash was at the semifinals in Acapulco and it was Grigor Dimitrov who won.
"Now he's starting to come into his prime," said Murray of Dimitrov. "He's won a lot of matches this year. He's a tough player. Will be a hard match for me. It's a big opportunity for him, as well, playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon for the first time. It's a great opportunity for him. Hopefully we can play a good match."
And Dimitrov said about the quarter-final match: “Oh yeah, I can go five sets with him [Murray]. It’s a great feeling to get into that kind of match. Of course, best case scenario is straight sets. But I’m not playing a mediocre player so I need to be on my best behaviour and try to put every ball back."
“He’s a cool dude. We know it’s his home here. All the crowd is behind him. I think we get along pretty good. My team and his are on pretty good terms. We always have a lot of jokes between us. One thing is off the court, other thing is on the court. That’s the best part of playing that game because you can settle everything on the court. No hard feelings after the match.”
27 Jun 2014
In the third round of Wimbledon Grigor Dimitrov fought from behind to ultimately beat the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in 5 sets in almost 3 hours 6-7(3) 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1. He is the first Bulgarian who reaches that far in this most prestigious tennis tournament, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year.
On Monday Dimitrov will try to enter Grand Slam tournament quarter-finals for the second time in his career after the participation at Australian Open in the beginning of this year. In a first-time meeting Grigor Dimitrov will play Leonardo Mayer. The 27-years-old Argentinian is currently at No 64 in the ranking with best ever position of No 51 reached in 2010.
Grigor Dimitrov increases his the chances to enter in Top 10 after the end of Wimbledon. Kei Nishikori and John Isner are the other two players who are candidates for Top 10.
21 Jun 2014
In this year's edition of the Championships, the 3rd Grand Slam tournament of the year in London, Grigor Dimitrov will start against No 141 Ryan Harrison of the USA. The possible second round opponents for Dimitrov are Luke Saville of Australia, No 233, or Dominic Thiem of Austria, no 55. Grigor Dimitrov is seeded No 11 and would meet another seeded player in the 3rd round of the tournament and it is No 19 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. The quarter of the main draw of Dimitov and Dolgopolov is lead by Andy Murray and includes also Roberto Bautista Agut, Kevin Anderson, Fabio Fognini and David Ferrer.
Top seed Novak Djokovic will start against Andrey Golubev and would meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the eighth-finals and Ernests Gulbis or Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. Roger Federer leads the third quarter. The other seeded players in the same quarter are Stan Wawrinka, Dmitry Tursunov, Feliciano Lopez, John Isner, Jerzy Janowicz, Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers. World No 1 Rafael Nadal will start against Martin Klizan and could meet Ivo Karlovic in the third round, Gasquet or Monfils in the eighth finals and Nishikori or Raonic in the quarter-finals.