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.
15 Jun 2014
Grigor Dimitrov has beaten Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-7(8) 7-6(1) 7-6(6) to win his first grass court title in Queen's Club, London. The young Bulgarian saved a match point when serving to stay in the second set and in recovered from break down in the third set to triumph with fourth career title. Dimitrov won titles on 4 different courts - indoor in Stockholm, hard in Acapulco, clay in Bucharest and now grass in London.
"It was an amazing match," Dimitrov said. "It has been amazing coming here every year and playing this tournament. It means a lot to me."
"I'm really happy to get through that match in such a way. Thank you all for supporting me, it has been a great week. Everyone makes the tournament so easy for the players."
He also showed his gratitude to his girlfriend, Maria Sharapova, who was supporting him from the stands. "Maria, thank you for coming to watch."
The first participation of Dimitrov at The Queen’s Club was five years ago when he was ranked World No. 361 with wild card from then-Tournament Director Chris Kermode. In recognition Dimitrov made his way over to Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and president, and handed him his racket from the victorious match.
Grigor Dimitrov won 250 ranking points but only 160 points will be added to his balance and he will keep his 13th position on Monday.
Next week Grigor Dimitrov will be at the exhibition tournament BNP Paribas Classic in London in the company of Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych.
14 Jun 2014
Grigor Dimitrov defeated world No 3 and seed 1 of the tournament Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2 6-4 at Aegon Championships in Queen's London to reach his first grass-court final. This will be the 5th ATp Tour final for Grigor who won the titles in Stockholm, Acapulco and Bucharest. And it is 3rd win of Grigor Dimitrov over Top 5 tennis player - he beat Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer when they were No 1 and No 3.
For participating in the final Dimitrov gained 51000 EUR of the prize money and won 150 ranking points.
The opponent of Dimitrov for the final match will be decided by the clash of Feliciano Lopez of Spain, No 29, and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, No 42.
24 May 2014
Seed 11 Grigor Dimitrov will play the Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the first round of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year in Paris, France. Last week at Rome Masters Dimitrov beat Karlovic in 2 sets in the second round on his way to the semi-finals. The potential opponents of Grigor in the second round are either Daniel Brands of Germany or player from the qualifications. The first seeded player that Dimitrov can meet is the South African Kevin Anderson. Dimitrov is in the quarter of the draw lead by No 1 Rafael Nadal. No 3 Stan Wawrinka and No 7 Andy Murray are in the second quarter of the draw. The third quarter of the draw includes Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych. No 2 Novak Djokovic and No 8 Milos Raonic are in the 4th quarter of the draw.
19 May 2014
It is now official, in today's Emirates ATP Rankings Grigor Dimitrov is at No 12, his new best ever ranking. With the points for reaching the semifinals of Rome Masters Grigor moved from 14 to 12 and is at 300 ranking points from No 10 Kei Nishikori. The only change of position in Top 10 is the 9th rank of Milos Raonic ahead of Kei Nishikori. Rafael Nadal is No 1 ahead of the champion from Rome Masters Rafael Nadal. The two Swiss players Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer are No 3 and 4. The Spaniard David Ferrer is No 5. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentine and Andy Murray of the Great Britain occupy places from 6 to 8.
Grigor Dimitrov advanced with 58 places in the doubles ranking and returns back to Top 100 as No 84.
The new No 12 is back to the courts next week when the second Grand Slam tournament Roland Garros starts in the French Capital Paris.
17 May 2014
The Italian edition of the GQ Magazine awarded Grigor Dimitrov with the special title Most Stylish Player of 2014. Dimitrov is the third tennis player appointed by the famous men's magazine GQ after Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who took the prize in 2012 and 2013.