03 Sep 2014
Grigor Dimitrov lost the fourth round match at US Open to Gael Monfils in 3 sets 5-7 6-7(6) 5-7. This is a second time when Dimitrov loses to Monfils at US Open after the first round match three years ago.
The recap for US Open from this year's edition is 3 wins, 187'000 USD and 180 ranking points. According to the current points Dimitrov is still at No 8 but Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori would get enough points in the upcoming matches and this way the Bulgarian could lose his 8th ranking positoin.
Dimitrov will not participate in any of the tournaments in the next 3 weeks and will use the time for training in preparation for the last tournaments of the year. The next tournament for Grigor is the ATP 500 Beijing Open starting on 29 September 2014. Then Dimitrov will play at Shanghai Masters. From 13 October Grigor will be in Stockholm to defend his first ATP Tour title. Then it is the Masters in Paris.
Currently Grigor is No 7 in the Race to London ranking and he still has good chances to be among the 8 tennis players who will take part at Barkleys ATP Tour Finals in London in November.
01 Sep 2014
Grigor Dimitrov started the 3rd round match of US Open against David Goffin of Belgium with poor scores in most of the aspects of the play - 31% first service hit and 2-11 winners to unforced errors ratio. All this lead to 0-6 score in the first set. In the second set Dimitrov cleaned up his game and succeeded to take the set. Grigor started the third set with 4-0 lead but a series of errors allowed David Goffin to recover and reach 4-4. Dimitrov made a solid return and broke the service game of Goffin to reach advantage of 1 set. Then Dimitrov needed 20 minutes to take the 4th set after quickly reaching 4-0 lead. So within 2 hours 21 minutes Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin 0-6 6-3 6-4 6-1.
In the 4th round Grigor Dimitrov will play Gael Monfils of France, world No 24, No 20 seeded at US Open. On Sunday Monfils defeated his countryman Richard Guasquet in 3 sets. On Tuesday Dimitrov will seek to avenge a first round US Open defeat to Monfils in 2011. In April this year Dimitrov played Monfils in the semi-finals of Bucharest when the Frenchnman retired because of injury and Dimitrov won the tournament title ultimately.
29 Aug 2014
Grigor Dimitrov needed only 89 minutes to beat Dudi Sela of Israel 6-1 6-2 6-2 in the second round of US Open on Armstrong Stadium. Grigor hit 28 winners, including 6 aces, and won 21 of his 29 net points, which lead him to his 40th win for this year.
In the 3rd round on Sunday Dimitrov will play David Goffin. The young Belgian, currently world No 56, beat 32nd seeded Joao Sousa in the second round. The 23-years-old players Dimitrov and Goffin played only at Challengers and Futures tournaments before and Dimitrov won all the 3 matches: Futures in Trier and Dortmund in 2010 and Challenger in Geneva in 2010.
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.