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24 May 2015
Grigor Dimitrov is 10th seeded in the main draw of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year Roland Garros in Paris, France. In the first round Dimitrov will play No 36 Jack Sock, USA, on Tuesday. The Bulgarian beat Sock in the only match they met last October at Stockholm Open.

Potential second round opponents of Grigor are the Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta, No 61, and Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, No 46. The first seeded play who Dimitrov could play is Tommy Robredo in the third round. In the 1/8th finals a clash Grigor Dimitrov - Rafael Nadal is possible. Dimitrov and Nadal are in the first quarter of the draw lead by No 1 Novak Djokovic. The other seeded player in this quarter are Bernard Tomic, Richard Guasquet, Kevin Anderson and Adrian Mannarino.

No 3 Andy Murray leads the second quarter of the draw and plays the lucky loser Facundo Arguello of Argentina in the first round. The seeded players in this Murray's quarter of the draw are Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin, John Isner, Marin Cilic, Leonardo Mayer, Viktor Troicki and David Ferrer.

The third quarter of the draw is lead by Tomas Berdych. The seeded players in this quarter are Nishikori, Verdasco, Bautista Agut, Lopez, Tsonga, Kohlschreiber, Fognini.

No 2 Roger Federer leads the 4th quarter of the draw. He could meet Ivo Karlovic in the third round, Cuevas or Monfils in the 4th round, or Wawrinka, Garcia-Lopez, Gulbis or Simon.

Grigor Dimitrov lost in the first round to Ivo Karlovic in the last year's edition of Roland Garros.

In 2013 Dimitrov reached the 3rd round where he lost to No 1 Novak Djokovic. In 2012 Richard Gasquet beat Dimitrov in the second round and in his debut in 2011 the Bulgarian lost to Jeremy Chardy in the first round.
11 May 2015
The successive players focus on winning points and executing killer shots whereas the losing players often are avoiding failure. What distinguishes two players after a couple of sets is solely the mental attitude.When a player’s mind is clouded with doubt in his or her game is rendered powerless. Matches are defined by a very fine line of confidence or doubt and thus having a winning mindset is essential prior to achieving a winning record.

“The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.” –Arthur Ashe, winner of US Open (1968), Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975).

How to prepare yourself mentally for a tennis match

• Control your thoughts
To win a match, your thoughts as a player should be positive and you should not let negativity cloud your focus. You should realize that the mind controls the body and the mind is unlimited. If you feel tensed, you will react in involuntary ways and compromise your ability to reason. An enthusiastic mentality should be upheld throughout the tennis match no matter how disappointing the score is.

• Manage your emotions
In a tennis match, being overly excited or under excited are both bad for your game. Being overly excited might make hasty and un-calculated decisions while being under excited might cause you to not play to the best of your abilities. Thus, a poised attitude should be upheld throughout your game.

• Refine your focus
Your mind’s focus should entirely be in the game at hand. In the case of losing concentration due to uncontrollable factors like time, you should consider the reversion of your attention back to the game. When your mind is clarified by focusing on the current state of the game,you have a better chance of perceiving your opponent’s next move. This is an effectual skill in a tennis match as visualizing your opponent’s next move will aid you to choose better techniques to tackle him or her.

• Improve on your confidence
To be the victor in a tennis match, you should have the power to execute various tennis strategies well under pressure.The players that are mentally tough remain calm and confident in any challenge and have the upper hand when it comes to the match. Lack of confidence will cloud your judgments and reactions resulting in time and energy loss.

• Ignore the intangible factors of the game
On the tennis court, many factors can arise that will affect your overall game as a player. It is up to you to identify the factors of the match that you can control and ignore those that are out of your control. For example, you cannot control a harsh crowd of supporters or the abilities of your opponent. Instead, you can control how much focus you give to these intangible factors. If you focus more on these intangible factors, you are bound to get de-motivated in the game.

Through the management of your own thoughts, you can take on any kind of challenge with sheer confidence. These mind tips should be incorporated into your regular training schedule to improve on the ability to apply them in the actual matches. These techniques will turn you into a pro-active player with a boosted level of visualization and efficiency. Once you get to realize your mental strengths and weaknesses, you will play tennis to the peak of your abilities.

This article was written by Rob Dunfey. Rob is the founder of TennisProNow.com which has over 5,000 certified tennis instructors throughout the United States that can meet students at any public tennis court.
07 May 2015
Grigor Dimitrov edged Stan Wawrinka in the third round of Madrid Masters 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3. Dimitrov saved 10 of 12 break points that he faced and scored 17th match win for the season. Less than a month ago Dimitrov ousted Wawrinka in Monte-Carlo 6-1 6-2. So now Grigor leads Stan Wawrinka 3-2 in their Head-2-Head series.

"It was a tough match," said Dimitrov. "He was up a break in the first set and he was playing good tennis, much, much better than when we played in Monte-Carlo. Today, what I think I did really well was to keep a good composure throughout the whole match. I was playing solid tennis, even though, occasionally, he was just outplaying me and over-powering me.

“I exploited his weak spot, which was his forehand, and he missed a couple of times, which gave me the confidence. After breaking in the third set, I felt really comfortable to step in and win the match and I think that's the best thing I did today."

In the quarterfinals Grigor Dimitrov will try to reach first victory over Rafael Nadal. The Bulgarian lost all 5 matches so far: at the semis of Rome Masters and at the quarterfinals of Australian Open in 2014, at second round of Cincinatti and at the quarterfinals of Monte-Carlo Masters in 2013, and in 2009 at Rotterdam when the very young Dimitrov succeeded to take a set but lost the match.

"I know what to expect from him and we all know what I'm going to put out there on the court, which is going to be a great performance," said Dimitrov. "It's one of those days where I really want to be out there on the court, playing against him on clay. I feel like I have been playing good tennis, so why not go out there and have fun, but at the same time, I know why I'm out there."

"Everything worries me about Dimitrov," said Nadal. "He's a very good player. The only way to beat him is to play at really high level. I think he has had more difficult matches than me this week. That's an advantage for him. Let's see what happens. I hope to be ready for it, but I know Dimitrov is a fantastic player and a player that can win against everybody. Great talent."

Grigor Dimitrov with his partner Jurgen Melzer lost to Matkowski/Zimonjic in the second round of the doubles tournments.

Dimitrov-Nadal match is at 3:30pm on Friday on Manolo Santana Court.
06 May 2015
Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the third round of Madrid Masters after beating Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets 3-6 6-2 7-5. Fognini opened up 3-0 lead in the first set and succeeded to keep his advantage to take the first set 6-3. In the second set Dimitrov broke the service game of Fognini twice and saved five break points to 6-2. In the third set Dimitrov reached 3-0 lead but allowed Fognini to come back to 3-3. Eventually the 10th seed Dimitrov ground down his opponent to seal his progress 3-6 6-2 7-5.

In the third round Dimitrov will play Stan Wawrinka. The Bulgarian beat Wawrinka at Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last month. In the semifinals of Queen`s Club last year Grigor took the first win over the Swiss player. In the other previous two matches Wawrinka was the winner - in 2013 at Madrid Masters and in 2011 at Australian Open.

The match Dimitrov - Wawrinka is at 1pm CET on Thursday on Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario Court.

Dimitrova/Meltzer will play Matkowski/Zimonjic after suitable rest later in the day.
05 May 2015
10th seed Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the second round of Madrid Masters after defeating Donald Young. The American had to retire in the second round due to low back pain. Dimitrov was leading 6-4 3-0.

The Bulgarian will face Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round. In the 3 matches so far Dimitrov won twice: few weeks ago at Monte-Carlo Masters and in 2013 at Paris Masters. Fognini defeated Dimitrov in Sydney in 2013.

Dimitrov scored another win on Tuesday with his doubles partner Jurgen Meltzer of Austria. The Bulgarian-Austrian duo defeated the Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 [10-3]. In the second round Dimitrov/Meltzer will play 5th seeded pair Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
16 Apr 2015
Grigor Dimitrov raced past the defending champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in 55 minutes 6-1 6-2 in the third round of Monte-Carlo Masters. The Bulgarian saved all 6 break-points he faced and took five of nine opportunities on Wawrinka' s serve. Dimitrov is through to the quarterfinals in Monte-Carlo masters for the second time, in 2013 he lost to Rafael Nadal. This time his opponent will be Gael Monfils who beat Roger Federer in straight sets in the third round.

Today's win is the first for Dimitrov over Top 10 player since last year's edition of Wimbledon where he defeated then No 5 Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

Grigor Dimitrov and Max Mirnyi lost to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 2-6 2-6 in the second round of the doubles tournament.
14 Apr 2015
Grigor Dimitrov needed two hours and seven minutes to beat the ex No 7 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the first round of Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. In the last game of Dimitrov saved 7 break-points recovering from 0-40 and won his first match-point and the set and the match.

"It's never easy, especially in the first match, having an opponent like that," said Dimitrov. "Verdasco is known for his strength, especially on a clay court. I'm really happy with the win because it shows that I've done something right in the days coming into the tournament."

In the second round Dimitrov will play the Italian Fabio Fognini, No 28. Dimitrov and Fognini met twice both matches played in 2013 - Fognini won in Sydney but Dimitrov prevailed at Paris Masters.
13 Apr 2015
Grigor Dimitrov starts against ex No 7 Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the prestigious Rolex Monte-Carlo Open. The match is on Tuesday at about 2:30pm. Dimitrov and Verdasco played 2 official matches so far - Verdasco won in Bastad in 2013 and Dimitrov beat him last year in Beijing.

This is 4th participation of Grigor at Monte-Carlo Masters. In 2012 he started from the qualifications but could not succeed to enter the main draw. In 2013 Dimitrov lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals after taking a set. Last year the Bulgarian reached the third round where he lost to David Ferrer.

In partnership with Max Mirnyi from Belarus Grigor Dimitrov entered also the doubles draw. In the first round on Monday Dimitrov/Mirnyi defeated Marin Dragajna of Croatia and Henri Kontinen of Finland. In the second round the Bulgarian-Belorussian duo will have a very tough task against world No 1 in the doubles the Bryan brothers.
05 Apr 2015
On 11 April 2015 Grigor Dimitrov will play Rafael Nadal in a match of the agenda of the charity event Marin and Friends. Marin Cilic supports two causes in Monte-Carlo: Special Olympics and Fight Aids. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Fight Aids, founded by Princess Stéphanie in 2004, assists those living with HIV/AIDS and aims to prevent and de-stigmatise the disease through education.

The event will start at 2:30pm with tie-break match with Marin Cilic and Andreas Seppi with two Special Olympics athlets. Then Marin Cilic will play Milos Raonic followed by a doubles match Milos Raonic/Ivan Ljubicic vs Marin Cilic/Thomas Johansson. At 3:40pm Grigor Dimitrov will play Rafael Nadal.
29 Mar 2015
Grigor Dimitrov is through to the third round at Miami Masters after beating Vasek Pospisil within less than 1 hour in straight sets 6-2 6-2. The next opponent of Grigor is seed No 22 the American John Isner. Dimitrov and Isner have not played any matches so far.
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