Dimitrov gets closer to Fed-class everyday...

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  1. seattle_1hander

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  2. The Bawss

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    Only tiny difference is Fed won that match and Dimitrov choked it away.
     
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  3. smoledman

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    He's like a low-rent Federer.
     
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  4. jokinla

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    He just lost to Monaco 2,1, not sure how that makes him closer to Fed.
     
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  5. forzamilan90

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    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.
     
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    What a Video! Feds inside out forehand at 5:59 was just Amazing! Made David Ferrer's inside outter look like a joke.
     
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    Fed's backhand was a weapon back in then. Everything he touched in 2006 was gold.
     
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    He even has the bandana now....
     
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    Dimitrov's forehand doesn't have that whippy motion Federer does.

    A part from that, their playing styles are pretty darn close.
     
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    Didn't dimitrov get crushed by Monaco a couple days ago?
     
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  11. smoledman

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

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    Dimitrov doesn't know how to solve pushers yet.
     
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    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.
     
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    Dimitrov better start figuring it out more consistently soon; he's nearing 22 without even sniffing top ten status.
     
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    ^ He hasn't even made it inside the top 50 yet...
     
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    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
     
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    He will never be a Donald Young
     
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    Cool, and that means? A lot of guys are reaching their potential from 24-27 now.. It's way to early to judge him.
     
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    Teen Fed vs. Baby Fed! What a match!
     
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    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.
     
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  21. WhiskeyEE

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    from that vid his forehand is terrible compared to fed's
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  24. FEDisanAlien

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    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 !!!
     
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  25. Cormorant

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  27. wy2sl0

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    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....
     
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    Haas ?
     
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    Got thrashed Monaco in the 1st round of the Japan Open.

    He's got a long way yet to go.
     
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    Verdasco? Lopez?

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

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    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.
     
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    He is a poor man's Donald Young
     
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  33. wy2sl0

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  36. World Beater

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    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.
     
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    did you see the drop shot volley by gasguet at 11:29? Best drop volley I've seen!
     
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    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.
     
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  39. norbac

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    Stan really muscles through his service motion, doesn't he?
     
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    Yeah, quite an ugly motion but then again he can serve 130mph bombs so who am I to judge?
     
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    The handsome, intelligent, talented, newer and better version has arrived straight from Varna.
     
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    He is a wonderful player, but he needs to step up... otherwise he won't get anything
     
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    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.
     
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    nope, just another poser/pretender if you wish. phone me when he wins any title. djoko will spank him tomorrow.
     
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    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
     
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