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seattle_1hander
10-03-2012, 01:22 PM
Remind you of anyone? (hint: watch first vid's point and second vid's point back to back)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx8XmintxSE&t=5m52s (at 5:52)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8phmELZ2Y&t=7m46s

I'm not saying he'll win 17+ slams, but the talent is undeniable.

The Bawss
10-03-2012, 01:28 PM
Only tiny difference is Fed won that match and Dimitrov choked it away.

smoledman
10-03-2012, 01:28 PM
He's like a low-rent Federer.

jokinla
10-03-2012, 01:32 PM
He just lost to Monaco 2,1, not sure how that makes him closer to Fed.

forzamilan90
10-03-2012, 01:34 PM
Only tiny difference is Fed won that match and Dimitrov choked it away.

well that clip is prime Fed lol nuff said, Dimitrov's still not fully developed.
Let's hope he can improve and fulfill his potential and becomes elite.

Leelord337
10-03-2012, 01:38 PM
Remind you of anyone? (hint: watch first vid's point and second vid's point back to back)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx8XmintxSE&t=5m52s (at 5:52)


I'm not saying he'll win 17+ slams, but the talent is undeniable.

What a Video! Feds inside out forehand at 5:59 was just Amazing! Made David Ferrer's inside outter look like a joke.

The Bawss
10-03-2012, 01:46 PM
What a Video! Feds inside out forehand at 5:59 was just Amazing! Made David Ferrer's inside outter look like a joke.

Fed's backhand was a weapon back in then. Everything he touched in 2006 was gold.

AnotherTennisProdigy
10-03-2012, 02:27 PM
He even has the bandana now....

Zarfot Z
10-03-2012, 03:33 PM
Dimitrov's forehand doesn't have that whippy motion Federer does.

A part from that, their playing styles are pretty darn close.

DolgoSantoro
10-03-2012, 03:35 PM
Didn't dimitrov get crushed by Monaco a couple days ago?

smoledman
10-03-2012, 03:40 PM
Dimitrov's forehand doesn't have that whippy motion Federer does.

A part from that, their playing styles are pretty darn close.

Dimitrov has Nike gear, the same service motion and similar backhand. But other then that, all I see is a choker.

smoledman
10-03-2012, 03:40 PM
Didn't dimitrov get crushed by Monaco a couple days ago?

Dimitrov doesn't know how to solve pushers yet.

Alexandros
10-03-2012, 03:42 PM
Lots of potential but the biggest difference is in their footwork. Dimitrov slips and slides unusually often for a top player, which is in sharp contrast to Federer's near perfect balance.

Carsomyr
10-03-2012, 03:47 PM
Dimitrov better start figuring it out more consistently soon; he's nearing 22 without even sniffing top ten status.

tennisfan2010
10-03-2012, 04:38 PM
^ He hasn't even made it inside the top 50 yet...

Bobby Jr
10-03-2012, 04:48 PM
Dimitrov has Nike gear, the same service motion....
It has the remnants of his obvious early effort to mimic Federer but is not even in the same ball-park in terms of go-to-ness

jaggy
10-03-2012, 05:11 PM
He will never be a Donald Young

SStrikerR
10-03-2012, 07:24 PM
Dimitrov better start figuring it out more consistently soon; he's nearing 22 without even sniffing top ten status.

Cool, and that means? A lot of guys are reaching their potential from 24-27 now.. It's way to early to judge him.

norbac
10-03-2012, 07:26 PM
Teen Fed vs. Baby Fed! What a match!

piece
10-03-2012, 07:44 PM
Lots of potential but the biggest difference is in their footwork. Dimitrov slips and slides unusually often for a top player, which is in sharp contrast to Federer's near perfect balance.

There's a pretty big disparity in racquet-head speed between the two as well. Federer's always had some of the fastest on tour, Dimitrov not so much.

WhiskeyEE
10-03-2012, 08:06 PM
from that vid his forehand is terrible compared to fed's

seattle_1hander
10-03-2012, 09:57 PM
from that vid his forehand is terrible compared to fed's

A criticism that may very well be applicable to any player ever. Point is he has the talent to pull of the same shots Federer does.

Yes he has a whole lot to do to sniff Federer, but he has pieces to build on. No one's disagreeing with that.

He has a better shot than Gasquet.

Polvorin
10-04-2012, 03:33 AM
I agree with the "baby Fed" idea...his movements and racket preparation look so strikingly similar to Fed that one can't help noticing the resemblance.

The major difference I see in his game is that he doesn't take the ball early like Fed, or at least not nearly as often. He is more likely to be 10 ft. behind the baseline like Gasquet.

FEDisanAlien
10-04-2012, 03:48 AM
Dimitrov doesnt have the champions heart !! fed does
he has already quited numerus times fed has never gave up a match when he steped in the court
just because they had the same coach and hit one handed backhand people assume that he will be the next fed
Not even close !!!

Cormorant
10-04-2012, 04:01 AM
At this point it's a toss-up as to what's harder for Dimitrov, the southwest face of Everest or reaching the second week of a slam.

Polvorin
10-04-2012, 04:27 AM
Dimitrov doesnt have the champions heart !! fed does
he has already quited numerus times fed has never gave up a match when he steped in the court
just because they had the same coach and hit one handed backhand people assume that he will be the next fed
Not even close !!!

Federer had all kinds of attitude problems including tanking matches when he was young. Hopefully Dimitrov will grow up like he did...he needs to do it fast, though.

wy2sl0
10-04-2012, 04:43 AM
His serve motion is sloppy compared to Fed's also, like Djoker's for example. Arcs the back, not a ton of knee bend.

Its funny because here I am trying to think of what active players have a motion as smooth and precise as Federer but I can't think of one....

dangalak
10-04-2012, 04:46 AM
His serve motion is sloppy compared to Fed's also, like Djoker's for example. Arcs the back, not a ton of knee bend.

Its funny because here I am trying to think of what active players have a motion as smooth and precise as Federer but I can't think of one....

Haas ?

Zarfot Z
10-04-2012, 04:50 AM
Got thrashed Monaco in the 1st round of the Japan Open.

He's got a long way yet to go.

The Bawss
10-04-2012, 04:53 AM
His serve motion is sloppy compared to Fed's also, like Djoker's for example. Arcs the back, not a ton of knee bend.

Its funny because here I am trying to think of what active players have a motion as smooth and precise as Federer but I can't think of one....

Verdasco? Lopez?

You haven't seen ugly/sloppy until you have seen Tomic's or Wawrinka's serve in slow motion.

paulorenzo
10-04-2012, 06:57 AM
he doesn't have fed's run around to hit a forehand mentality yet. as others have mentioned he needs to work on his footwork, which to me still seems off, but the OP is right in saying he's displaying more similarities. at times, when he plays aggressively, dimitrov does indeed resemble federer.

RF20Lennon
10-04-2012, 06:59 AM
He is a poor man's Donald Young

wy2sl0
10-04-2012, 10:41 AM
The guys you mention all have the serve lag approach...which isn't worse, it is just a preference depending on toss.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBBO1YAWuiw&feature=endscreen&NR=1

The best serve with minimal lag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkgZOvm7ySA
Very Sampras and Federer like.

Federer has none, albeit actually like Nadal who uses an abbreviated motion like Monfils, Roddick, Sampras, etc.

What is most funny is the dichotomy in playing styles between Roger and Rafa, however when you analyze their strokes they are ALOT more similar than meets the eye.

Minimal lag serve (both arms synchronized and moving simultaneously)
Straight arm forehand with tons of wrist action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHduFqJ-Diw
Two of the best open stance ball strikers.

Anyways Dimitrov: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox97-DQdm00
Federer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVNia4A9BTM&feature=related and inside out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkDIFP4SK9Q&feature=fvwrel

Way more straight arm.

forzamilan90
10-04-2012, 01:18 PM
He is a poor man's Donald Young

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002450171/189152125_ObamaHellNo_answer_3_xlarge.png

dominikk1985
10-04-2012, 01:31 PM
Federer had all kinds of attitude problems including tanking matches when he was young. Hopefully Dimitrov will grow up like he did...he needs to do it fast, though.

yes, but fed was 17 then (he even smashed rackets). Dimitrov is 21 and has never been in the top50. Fed was top10 at age 21.

not saying grigor can't become a top player but he is a little behind the pace.

World Beater
10-04-2012, 01:36 PM
Dimitrov just isnt the athlete that Federer is.

Federer is just so much more of an advanced player.

Dimitrov is more along the lines of a pioline.

LanceStern
10-04-2012, 01:47 PM
did you see the drop shot volley by gasguet at 11:29? Best drop volley I've seen!

paulorenzo
10-08-2012, 03:26 PM
watching a replay of 1st round play at shanghai with highlight reels of fed vs nalby AO 03 & 04 fresh on my mind. dimitrov is a much better prospect now than he was a year ago.

albeit he isn't playing against a nalbandian calibre player in andujar, but dimitrov is able to come up with the goods from odd/ defensive positions on court. reminiscent the top players. he seems to be getting a grip on his footwork and positioning too, though it still needs a good bit of work.

norbac
10-08-2012, 03:56 PM
Verdasco? Lopez?

You haven't seen ugly/sloppy until you have seen Tomic's or Wawrinka's serve in slow motion.

Stan really muscles through his service motion, doesn't he?

The Bawss
10-08-2012, 04:03 PM
Stan really muscles through his service motion, doesn't he?

Yeah, quite an ugly motion but then again he can serve 130mph bombs so who am I to judge?

SoBad
10-08-2012, 04:04 PM
The handsome, intelligent, talented, newer and better version has arrived straight from Varna.

Paullaconte1
10-08-2012, 05:38 PM
He is a wonderful player, but he needs to step up... otherwise he won't get anything

Carsomyr
10-09-2012, 09:25 AM
Cool, and that means? A lot of guys are reaching their potential from 24-27 now.. It's way to early to judge him.

Like who? Berdych was a top 20 presence for 4 years before 2010 (age 24-25). Ferrer was in the top 20 2 years before 2007 (24-25). Tsonga was 22 when he reached his Slam final in 2008. It took them longer to maximize their potential, but they weren't exactly tomato cans before that, either.

I'm just hoping he can start trending upwards more expediently, as I'm hard pressed finding a guy who had yet to title and be in the top 50 by the age of 22 who went on to join the top ten and/or be in a Slam final. Yes, he has time, but in my humble opinion, he's not trending in the right direction fast enough.

Evan77
10-09-2012, 09:32 AM
nope, just another poser/pretender if you wish. phone me when he wins any title. djoko will spank him tomorrow.

thejackal
10-09-2012, 09:35 AM
Like who? Berdych was a top 20 presence for 4 years before 2010 (age 24-25). Ferrer was in the top 20 2 years before 2007 (24-25). Tsonga was 22 when he reached his Slam final in 2008. It took them longer to maximize their potential, but they weren't exactly tomato cans before that, either.

I'm just hoping he can start trending upwards more expediently, as I'm hard pressed finding a guy who had yet to title and be in the top 50 by the age of 22 who went on to join the top ten and/or be in a Slam final. Yes, he has time, but in my humble opinion, he's not trending in the right direction fast enough.

Took a while for janko to get to where he is now. A lot had to do with training and professionalism.

If grigor can hit the ball just 5% heavier and get his first in 5% more often, he can be top ten. He s very close IMO