16 Apr 2014
Grigor Dimitrov needed just over two hours to come through a second consecutive battle of three sets to advance to the third round, defeating qualifier Albert Ramos 4-6 6-3 6-4. In the first round Dimitrov won against another representative of Spain Marcel Granollers. Today`s win was 16th win for the season for the young Bulgarian tennis player.
On Thursday Grigor Dimitrov will play another Spaniard No 6 David Ferrer. In the 4 previous matches Ferrer won 3 - in 2011 at Cincinnati Masters, in 2012 in Indian Wells and Bastad. The last match was won by Dimitrov in Stockholm last year and it brought the first ATP Tour title for the Bulgarian.
Dimitrov - Ferrer match is third in the program on the Court des Princes after the battles of Raonic - Robredo which starts at 10:30 am CET and Wawrinka - Almagro starting not earlier than 12:30 pm CET.
15 Apr 2014
In the first round of the Monte-Carlo Masters Grigor Dimitrov defeated Marcel Granollers of Spain in 3 sets 6-2 4-6 6-2. This was the first win for Grigor in three matches against Granollers so far.
In the second round on Wednesday Grigor Dimitrov will play another Spaniard - the qualifier Albert Ramos, No 101. On ATP Tour level Grigor took the only match against Ramos - at the quarter-finals in Bastad, Sweden, in 2012.
To defend the 180 ranking points from last Dimitrov will need to reach at least the quarter finals in Monte Carlo.
The second round match Dimitrov - Ramos is on Court des Princes on Wednesday after the clashes Raonic - Lu and Benneteau - Robredo with first one starting at 10.30 am CET.
14 Apr 2014
Grigor Dimitrov advanced to No 14 in the ATP ranking which was announced today. It is his new best ever ranking position. Grigor Dimitrov did not add any points to his balance last week but Tommy Robredo lost points and moved down with 4 position and allowed Dimitrov, Youzhny, Haas and Nishikori improved their rankings.
There are no changes in Top 8 - Rafael Nadal leads ahead of Djokovic, Wawrinka, Federer, Berdych, Ferrer, Del Potro and Murray. John Isner moved from No 9 to 11. Gasquet and Raonic moved to No 9 and No 10 respectively.
12 Apr 2014
Grigor Dimitrov will play Marcel Granollers of Spain in the first round of the ATP Masters in Monte Carlo which starts on Sunday. No 36 ranked Granollers won the 2 previous matches against Dimitrov - at Challenger tournament in Segovia in 2009 and at the Montreal Masters last year. Grigor Dimitrov has to defend 180 ranking points from the last year`s edition of Monte Carlo Rolex Masters which means he must reach the quarter finals at least. And this would mean replay of the epic match Grigor Dimitrov - Rafael Nadal. To reach the quarter-finals Dimitrov will have the tough series of matches - Granollers in the first round, then Nieminen or qualifier and No 6 David Ferrer if he reaches the third round.
Top seed is Rafael Nadal will start from the second round and will play Gilles Simon or qualifier. The other top seeded players of the upper part of the draw are Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic. In the lower part of the draw are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
04 Apr 2014
Bulgaria leads 2-0 to Greece in Davis Cup Group II Europe/Africa relegation play-off. In the first match of the day Grigor Dimitrov had no problems against No 690 Marcos Kalovelonis and won easily 6-3 6-3 6-0. In the second match Dimitar Kutrovsky defeated racket No 1 of Greece Theodoros Angelinos 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3. Bulgaria needs only one win to seal the participation in the same group of Davis Cup in the next season.
The captain of the Bulgarian team Todor Enev appointed Dimitrov/Kutrovsky to play in the doubles match on Saturday but there could be last minute changes before the start and Dimitrov may be replaced by some of the other Bulgarian team members.
31 Mar 2014
Despite the early loss at Miami Masters last week Grigor Dimitrov moved one position ahead to his new best ranking - No 15. There are no changes in Top 3 with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka, and then there are changes in all positions up to No 26. Roger Federer moved to No 4, Tomas Berdych reached once again his best ever position of 5. David Ferrer drops to No 6, Juan Martin del Potro is at No 7. Ex No 2 Andy Murray is at No 8 this week. John Isner and Mios Raonic are back to their best ever positions No 9 and No 10. The players ahead of Dimitrov from 11 to 14 are Richard Guasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo.
Dimitar Kutrovsky is No 2 Bulgarian tennis player at No 344. Tihomir Grozdanov is No 444.
This week Grigor Dimitrov will be part of the Bulgarian national team in the tie with Greece in Athens. Grigor Dimitrov and his team mates Dimitar Kutrovsky, Tihomir Grozdanov and Dinko Halachev Grigor will play in matches that will decide which national team will stay in Europe Africa zone of Group II of Davis Cup in the next year's edition of the tournament. The matches are on clay from 4 - 6 April 2014.
22 Mar 2014
Grigor Dimitrov started with a difficult win over the Spaniard Albert Montanes. Dimitrov needed 100 minutes to defeat 33-years-old Montanes 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3. The Bulgarian defended the 45 ranking points from the participation in last year's edition of Miami Masters. In 2012 in Miami Grigor won his first match over Top 10 player - then No 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Last year Dimitrov lost in the third round to Andy Murray.
On Sunday Grigor will try to improve his best result at Sony Ericsson Open in a match against Kei Nishikori of Japan, No 21.
10 Mar 2014
Grigor Dimitrov continues his winning series from Acapulco and started with 6-4 6-3 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands at BNP Baribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The Bulgarian had problems in beginning of the match and allowed Haase to break and reach a lead of 3-1 but eventually won the next 5 games to win the set. In the second round Dimitrov broke when he was leading 3-2 which decided the outcome of second set and the match.
With the won points for reaching this phase of the tournament Grigor Dimitrov defended the 45 ranking points from last and has good chances to advance further in the ranking if continues the winning series.
In the third round Grigor will play Ernests Gulbis of Latvia whom he played twice last month. Grigor lost in Rotterdam and won in Acapulco.
07 Mar 2014
Grigor Dimitrov is seed No 15 of the ATP Masters in Indian Wells, USA, and skips the first round. In the second round on Sunday Grigor Dimitrov will play the winner of the first round match between Robin Haase of the Netherlands and the qualifier John-Patrick Smith of Australia.
Potential third round opponent of Dimitrov is Ernests Gulbis whom he played twice last month: Dimitrov lost in Rotterdam and won in Acapulco in his way to the title. The other seeded players in the 3rd quarter of the draw together with Dimitrov are No 4 Tomas Berdych, No 8 Richard Gasquet, No 30 Fernando Verdasco, No 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No 12 John Isner and No 26 Florian Mayer.
All Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are in the upper half of the draw while Djokovic is in the lower half.
The Bulgarian participated in the two previous editions of BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Grigor Dimitrov lost to Novak Djokovic, Serbia, in the third round last year and lost to David Ferrer, Spain, in the second round in 2012.
Grigor Dimitrov is in Indian Wells and had training sessions with Thommy Haas and Roger Federer.
03 Mar 2014
With the 500 points won for the title in Acapulco Grigor Dimitrov reached new best position No 16 in ATP ranking. Grigor Dimitrov is getting closer to Top 10 as the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who is currently at No 10 has 2785 points which are only 655 points better than Dimitrov.
In the Race to London ranking which considers only the points from this year, Grigor Dimitrov is No 6 after Stanislas Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, David Ferrer.