14 May 2013
Grigor Dimitrov did not demonstrate good form and after numerous errors allowed No 9 Richard Gasquet of France to win the second round match of the ATP Masters in Rome 6-4 6-4. The commentators of Sky Sport even joked if this is the same tennis player who defeated No 1 Djokovic last week. This is 4th loss for Grigor Dimitrov of 4 matches against Richard Gasquet. Until the end of the tournament several players could gain enough points to position themselves before the current 26th of Grigor.
Next week Grigor Dimitrov will play in ATP 250 tournament in Dusseldorf in Germany. Per the current player list Dimitrov would be 5th seed after Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia, No 11), Nicolas Almagro (Spain`, No 12), Tommy Haas (Germany, No 14), Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany, No 22).
13 May 2013
After his magnificent participation at Madrid Open last week Grigor Dimitrov improves by 2 positions to new best No 26 in today's ATP Single Ranking. This rank guarantees Grigor to be among the seeded player at Roland Garros and he would meet Top 8 player only in 3rd round.
The second and third rackets of Bulgaria also score best ever ranking this week - Alexander Lazov is No 470 and Dimitar Kuzmanov is 496.
Andy Murray is back to his best rank No 2 placed ahead of Roger Federer. Stansislas Wawrinka made a progress of 5 position and entered back Top 10.
12 May 2013
Grigor Dimitrov defeated Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3 6-4 in his debut at Rome Masters. It is 4th win of 5 matches played so far against Baghdatis. Dimitrov added new 45 ranking points.
The next opponent of the Bulgarian is No 9 Richard Gasquet of France who beat Sam Querry in the first round. Gasquet won all 3 matches played against Dimitrov - in Bangkok and at Roland Garros in 2012 and in Dubai in 2011.
11 May 2013
In his debut participation at the ATP Masters in Rome Grigor Dimitrov will play Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. The match is on Sunday and is third in a row first one starting at 1 pm CET. Baghdatis and Grigor know each other very well, they played doubles together in several tournaments. The Cypriot is not in his best form currently - apart from the win over the player of Benin Theofile Segodo at Davis Cup tie, he has 6 subsequent losses at ATP tournaments. It will be 5th match between Dimitrov and Baghdatis and so far Grigor leads 3-1 with wins in Rotterdam and Brisbane earlier this year and at Wimbledon last year and loss back in 2011 in Munich.
Grigor Dimitrov is in the 4th quarter of the draw with No 2 Roger Federer, No 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No 9 Richard Gasquet whom Grigor could meet in Round 2, and No 13 Tommy Haas. The seeded players in the quarter of world No 1 Novak Djikovic are Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka and Marin Cilic. The third quarter includes Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Nicolas Almagro and Key Nishikori. And Rafael Nadal may face David Ferrer, Janko Tipsarevic or Milos Raonic on his way to the semifinals.
Grigor Dimitrov will play with Frederik Nielsen of Denmark in the doubles tournament. In the first round the opponents of the Bulgarian-Danish pair will be Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) / Scott Lipsky (USA).
09 May 2013
Grigor Dimitrov left the ATP Masters in Madrid after losing to No 15 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-3 4-6 1-6. Dimitrov gets 41'600 EUR of the prize money and adds 90 ranking points which will position him at a new best rank of 26 next Monday.
The next battlefield is the Masters in Rome, Italy where all Top 50 players except Mardy Fish will participate.
09 May 2013
World No 15 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the second round and will play Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the ATP Masters in the Spanish capital. The match is on Aranxa Sanchez Vicario Court with TV broadcast and live stream links will be available. Dimitrov - Wawrinka will play after Kevin Anderson - Tomas Berdych, Fernando Verdasco - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tommy Haas - David Ferrer, the first match starting at 2pm CET.
Wawrinka won the only previous match vs Dimitrov 7-5 6-3 6-3 at Australian Open in 2011. The Swiss player is in top form with 6 consecutive wins. Last week Wawrinka defeated Ferrer to take the title in Oerias, Portugal. He won 3 other titles in his career - Chennai (2011), Casablanca (2010) and Umag (2006).
Both Dimitrov and Wawrinka are trained by coaches of the Swedish Good for Great academy. Magnus Norman is the coach of Stanslas and Mikael Tillstrom - of Grigor.
08 May 2013
Grigor Dimitrov ousted world No 1 Novak Djokovic 7-6(6) 6-7(8) 6-3 in the second round of the ATP Masters in Madrid. The young Bulgarian survived cramp and lost match point in the second set but was successful in the decisive set and sealed the biggest win in his career in more than 3 hours.
The spectators on the central court loved the play of Grigor and were chanting "Di-mi-trov! Di-mi-trov!"
With this historical win for the Bulgarian men's tennis over world No 1 Grigor added 90 ranking points which currently position him to a new best place of 26.
The next opponent of Grigor Dimitrov will be decided on Wednesday between seed 15 and rank 15 Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) and the qualifier Santiago Giraldo (Colombia), rank 81. The exact hour of the match on Thursday will be announced late on Wednesday.
Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic (Canada) will play their first round match of the doubles tournament on Wednesday against the veterans Tommy Haas (Germany) and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic).
06 May 2013
In the final match of the day on Monday at Madrid Masters Grigor Dimitrov defeated wild card Javier Marti of the host nation 6-2 6-4, capitalizing on 3 of 5 break-point chances.
The second round match against world No 1 Novak Djokovic is on Tuesday at 20 pm CET. The Serbian won the to previous matches - in Indian Wells earlier this year and in Shanghai last year. Nole won 26 of the 28 matches played this year. The live video feed links will be available just before the start of the match.
24 Apr 2013
Grigor Dimitrov lost the second round match of the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona to Tommy Robredo 5-7 1-6. Grigor was leading 5-2 in the first set and then allowed Robredo to break his game. The experienced Spaniard took 5 successive games. Grigor could not recover and eventually lost also the second set and the match.
The next tournament where Grigor platys is the ATP Masters in Madrid from 5 May 2013.
23 Apr 2013
Grigor Dimitrov and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) lost in the first round of the doubles tournament in Barcelona to Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 6-7(5) 2-6.
Dimitrov will start in the single draw on Wednesday directly in the second round. His opponent is 30-years-old Tommy Robredo of Spain who defeated Marc Lopez 2-6 6-2 6-2 earlier today. The match is first on Central Court and starts at 11:00 CET. Tommy Robredo's current rank is 43, he reached No 5 back in 2006. He has 11 ATP career titles, 10 of them on clay. Series of injuries did not allow Robredo to play during several seasons and one year ago he was out of Top 450. The Spaniard got back to good form and restored his ranking and climbed to No 45 after winning the title in Casablanca earlier this month. Tomorrow's match will be the first between Dimitrov and Robredo.