by: TennisMood 13

Grigor Dimitrov

“One of my goals is to get back to the top 10; it’s a long way!”

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Grigor Dimitrov

Personal Facts

Overview

  • First held a tennis racket aged 3, given to him by his mother, and when he was 5 he began to play daily.
  • Speaks English and his native tongue Bulgarian.
  • Sports, cars, computers and watches are among his main interests.
  • Nicknamed "Baby Fed" for his stylish play and on-court similarity to Roger Federer.
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  • Turned pro aged 16.
  • Considered Pete Sampras his idol when growing.
  • Favorite shot is backhand down the line.
  • Favorite surfaces are hard and grass.
  • Likes Wimbledon most of all.
  • First title received on clay in Barcelona.

Personal life and Family

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  • Dated with Simona Stefanova from 2008 to July, 2012.
  • Was in relationships with Serena Williams in 2012. She was aged 30 and he 20 at start.
  • Has been in relationships with Maria Sharapova (October 2012 - June 2015).
  • Nicole Scherzinger and Dimitrov have been dating since November 2015. She was aged 37 at start of relationship, and he 24.
  • Parents: Dimitar, father, is a tennis coach; mother, Maria is a sports teacher and former volleyball player in 1991.

Playing Style

  • Main weapon is his heavy, powerful and accurate forehand.
  • Prominent for his crazy energy, athleticism, fluent style of play and exceptional shot-making.
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  • Considered to have one of the most unusual play styles on the tour.
  • Has one of the most flexible backhands.
  • His stable and fast serve reaches up to 220 km/h.
  • Called "classy" and "stylish" player due to his all-round play.
  • Compared to Roger Federer due to their resemblance in playing style and actions, in particular the forehand, backhand and serve.
  • The only time Dimitrov has beaten Federer was in the exhibition BNP Paribas Showdown in 2015.
  • Systematically hits a variety of trick shots (side by side Gaël Monfils and Roger Federer) and unorthodox shots, such as the Tweener, behind the back drop-shot, between-the-leg shots off Jack Sock's returns. The former voted the shot of the year in 2012.

Coaching

  • In childhood, Dimitrov’s coach was his father, Dimitar.
  • Later he worked with famous abroad coach Pato Alvarez, who has also coached Britain's Andy Murray.
  • In 2009 Dimitrov began training with Peter Lundgren, former coach of world No. 1s Marat Safin and Roger Federer.
  • “He is better than Federer was at his age", depicted Lundgren Dimitrov’s playing style.
  • On 25 September 2015, Dimitrov announced he had hired Juan Martin Del Potro's former coach Franco Davín.

Activism

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  • In 2005 named best young tennis player in Bulgaria.
  • The youngest player (aged 19) to finish in Top 125 at a year-end best No. 106 in 2010.
  • Highlighted as the 3rd-youngest player in Top 100 (behind Tomic, Harrison) and top player from Bulgaria finished a year-end best No. 76 in 2011.
  • In 2012 No. 1 Bulgarian finished in Top 50 for 1st time in his career, highlighted by a personal-best 24 match wins and 3 SF results.
  • In 2013 become the 1st first Bulgarian tennis player to reach an ATP final defeating Brian Baker, world No. 13 Milos Raonic, Jürgen Melzer, and Marcos Baghdatis to reach his first ATP singles final at the Brisbane International. Also became the 1st ever Bulgarian male tennis player to be seeded (26th) at a Grand Slam tournament.
  • On 16 December 2013 awarded for the 2nd time the Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year, earning 1331 points.
  • In August 2014 reached his career-high ATP singles ranking world No. 8 together with 1st Grand Slam SF at Wimbledon.
  • In 2008 reached junior career-high world No. 1 ranking and won the Boys' Singles titles at the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open.
  • In 2015 named the only Bulgarian tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 ATP Singles and received US$1m and later $6m prize money. The same year he won 20+ matches and finished in Top 50 of Emirates ATP Rankings for 4th straight season.

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