*Facepalm* Dimitrov folds again

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  1. Lonely GOATherd

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    I got back from work. Watch the live scores. Whoa. Dimitrov up 5-2 vs Murray. I turn to the live stream. And I watch him double fault the set away. palm mets face. I shake my head and switch to watching a depressing soap.
     
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  2. cluckcluck

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    Wrong section pal. This should be in the "Match Update" section.

    **Facepalm**
     
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  3. mightyrick

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    Dimitrov...

    ... in order to be one of the greatest, you have to do more than imitate.
     
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  4. Russeljones

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    Double faulting records anyone?
     
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  5. albatros_forehand

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    5-2 but still only 1 break up. Not such a surprise or breakdown to lose this set in TB.
     
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  6. forzamilan90

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    Missed the match...but from what I read.....SIGH
     
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  7. MonkeyBoy

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    He's been very impressive this year. Has pushed Djokovic and has pushed Murray in two matches only to mentally faultier. He'll get it eventually.
     
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  8. Zildite

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    It is a bad habit.

    - Up first set 5-2 against Murray in Brisbane, loses 6-7 (0)
    - Up first set 5-2 against Djokovic in IW, loses 6-7 (4)
    - Up first set 5-2 against Murray in Miami, loses 6-7 (3)

    All just from this year.
    Problem is the way he is losing them, becoming a double fault machine when serving for the set the last couple of times and giving it away. Must get over it eventually though.
     
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  9. forzamilan90

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    Fed's resilience after tough losses or losses where he had the upper hand and messed it up is a great character of his. He bounces back. If Dimitrov can somehow inspire such traits in his game, good things will happen.
     
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  10. FedExpress17

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    Surely Grigor must fluke one of these matches eventually? :( Then get enough confidence enough from the wins not to choke ? :-D
     
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  11. BreakPoint

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    But with 2 set points on Murray's serve to win the set 6-2.
     
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  12. FedExpress17

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    You cant rely on winning set points on your opponents serve though :(
     
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  13. merwy

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    Dude I had almost the exact same thing. I didn't look at the score first but I just turned on the stream, knowing they should be playing. Dimitrov was up 5-3 and it was setpoint (on murray's serve). I really thought he would win it.. I thought it would be impossible to have the same thing happen to him in Miaimi as in IW but obviously he pulled it off
     
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    dimitrov has an exciting game to watch. yes its federesque and thats not a bad thing.

    if the errors drop and percentage tennis rises he will be very dangerous. 21y 10mos old??? lots of time to sharpen his game.
     
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  15. Netspirit

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    Baby Fed is still very much a baby. Has he won anything, any remotely significant title?
     
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  16. Relinquis

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    mentally weak... he needs to fight more. not only is choking a big problem, he seems to give up after losing a tight set. Just like Tomic does.
     
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  17. jwjh

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    He definitely had more fight than Tomic had the round earlier.
     
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  18. forzamilan90

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    No, but he has captured our hearts
     
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  19. Relinquis

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    yes, but only marginally so...
     
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  20. dannysul

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    Got to see this live... Was surprised a little how Murray kept his cool when he dug himself that first set hole. No cursing/talking to his box, pretty much just went about his business like he knew Dimitrov would fold when the pressure was on. Dimitrov is impressive though and could do some damage if he gets his head together on the big points.
     
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  21. Lonely GOATherd

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    Watching Dimitrov at 5-2, setpoint was like getting high from eating too much fructose. Then he netted all those serves immediately after and I was back to Earth. It was like watching a Ferrari going from 120 mph to 20mph in 5 mins!
     
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    It's so mental right now it's ridiculous. Forget the double faults, when pressure was tight in that second set, he couldn't even find a first serve to save his life. I feel as if he dropped below 30% first serve at one point. His game looks good though, he was hanging in rallys well with Murray and Djokovic. He just needs to learn how to close out a set. It's a common problem that inhibits players. Look at Almagro he still can't close out a set or match to save his life and thats why he's never beat Ferrer even.
     
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  23. FEDERERNADAL13

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    All he needs is one big win and he's gonna be unstoppable. He has beaten players like Berdych, he just needs to make it happen against the top 4. He showed flashes of brilliance vs Murray and Novak, he just needs to close. And, at 21, he still has time!

    Allez Grigor! :)
     
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  24. TheCheese

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    Despite completely blowing his chances, at least he has confidence that he has the game to compete with the top guys. Just has to work on capitalizing on his opportunities.
     
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  25. Relinquis

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    he needs to realise that the top 4-5 players ARE beatable...
     
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  26. forzamilan90

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    Allez don't make sense for him, "Davai, davai" works better.
     
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  27. FEDERERNADAL13

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    Allez works for baby fed, because Allez works for fed! ;) .

    I've never heard "Davai, Davai", but it sounds cool!
     
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  28. sdont

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    Isn't "Davai" Russian? Grigor is Bulgarian, you know...

    OTOH, I heard him curse in French the other day (he was training in France for several years IIRC) so "Allez" could make sense.
     
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  29. spinovic

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    I think this is all part of the process. He's learning now that he has the game to go toe-to-toe with the best players in the world. Now it is a matter of getting over that last, and possibly most difficult, hump, which is learning how to win the big points and seal the deal. The first part is believing you can play with and get the better of them...he should be there or close in that regard.

    The other thing is consistency. Being ready to compete and grind on a daily basis no matter who you're playing. It's easy to get up to play Andy Murray, but you also have to be ready to beat Bjorn Phau and Ivan Dodig in every tournament.

    I think Dimitrov is on a pretty good career arc and should make some big strides this year since he'll be able to play a full tour schedule and play all the big tournaments. I would like to see what he could do if he could knock off one or two of the top guys and win a big tournament.

    Of course, it is also crucial, I believe, to get over that mental hurdle at some point before it becomes an Almagro thing. Certainly it is not unexpected and a part of the process, but if it happens too many times and lingers too long, then it becomes such a hurdle he may never get over it....unless Ivan Lendl switches clients. :)
     
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  30. Flash O'Groove

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    I agree. I also think that he has the opportunity now to get confidence. If he wait to long before finally beating a top guy, they might figure hot to play him and damn him to be Almagro
     
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  31. forzamilan90

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    I'm Bulgarian too. Idk bout Russian or Serbian but our language is similar. I've noticed a Novak chant "Ajde" or something along those lines which I'm 99% sure means come on in English (since in Bulgarian we have a similar word, хайде (haide or aide).
     
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  32. sdont

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    Great, I was wondering if we had a Bulgarian here. :) Thanks for the info.

    I read on these boards that it was "davai" in Russian, and in Serbian, it was "ajde" indeed or "ajmo".
     
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  33. atptennis

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    Give him a break already. The sod is still very young who lost in early rounds against a top 3 player in consecutive master tourneys. No shame in that. Albeit not without 3-4 double faults. His game is set to ameliorate. Watch out for him.
     
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  34. Relinquis

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    he should learn from Haas how to close out top players...
     
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  35. Elite

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    What a mug. Poor guy. Must be kicking himself. Feel sorry for any ******* who placed $$ on Dimitrov, too.
     
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