The Grigor Dimitrov Fan Thread

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  1. Dimitrov_Fan

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    I've decided to open a thread dedicated to Grigor Dimitrov. Some of you may have heard of him, but for those who haven't i've done a little research to enlighten you all to who he is.
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    Grigor Dimitrov is an 18 year old tennis player from Bulgaria.

    Currently ranked: #344

    ATP Career titles: 0
    ITF Career titles: 3 Futures titles (1 clay, 2 hard)

    The rising star from Bulgaria is not most notable for his ATP achievements just yet but, rather, his promising Junior Career.

    Dimitrov is the 2008 Junior Wimbledon and 2008 Junior U.S. Open Champion. Dimitrov's Wimbledon title comes exactly 10 years after Federer's Junior Wimbledon titles (Federer, like Dimitrov, went on to begin his first year on the men's circuit the following year). He was also the runner up for the 2007 Junior U.S. Open.

    Although Dimitrov began his professional career last year by winning his first 3 futures tournaments and participating in his first ATP tournaments, 2009 marks the first year of his full participation on the adult ATP circuit. His current coach is Peter Lundgren, known as the former coach of Roger Federer (also a Junior Wimbledon Champion).

    So far the highlight of Grigor's 2009 season is the Round of 16 in Rotterdam, where he beat Thomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 before losing to current world #1 Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

    He is currently participating in the Queen's Club tournament as a wildcard, facing Ivan Navarro in the first round.

    Let's go Grigor!:)
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  2. rfedererfan

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    He's the highest ranked player in my country now, i'm proud to be bulgarian :) He comes from a town named Haskovo
     
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  3. Dimitrov_Fan

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    Monday June 8 -
    Grigor Dimitrov defeats Ivan Navarro of Spain (ranked #82) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to move to the second round of the 2009 AEGON Championships where he will face Gilles Simon of France (ranked #7) for a spot in the third round.

    C'mon Grigor, you can do it!!
     
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  4. tacou

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    any live streams of his match against simon?
     
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  5. shadows

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    it's supposed to be on centre, I know the bbc will cover it so I'll be very much looking forward to that.

    they had a nice little interview with him today as well, wonder if anyone might rip and upload that sometime.
     
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  6. billnepill

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    Great thread!

    I'm looking forward to his match tomorrow :)
     
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  7. Arsenal4o

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    Размажи ги Гришо.

    Grigor almost crushed Nadal a couple of months ago...Fed's former coach Lundgren trains Grisho.
    Remember the name people...future top 10 player...
     
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  8. I hope he does well in the future!
     
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  9. RalphNYC

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    Did you see his match against Nadal? How was it?
     
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  10. shadows

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    The first set in 4 parts

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XueeqsAs5KA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSO6pwhttO8&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PRSB-a8ldE&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRC8aCOyoJQ&feature=related

    Grigor took a set off Rafa but Rafa came through 7-5 3-6 6-2, he's obviously still developing and if he doesn't step up to the occasion it could plausibly be a blow out vs Simon, but he's got some grass pedigree (jnr wimby champ) and he pushed Simon to 3 in Marseille.
     
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    good win for dimitrov today
     
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  12. Blinkism

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    I think he could do it against Simon. I mean, he lost to him in a tight 3-set match earlier this year in Marseilles, but that was one of his first ATP tournaments (might have been the very first, actually, I don't know), but after beating Berdych and taking a set off of Nadal in Rotterdam, I think Dimitrov has confidence on his side and his game is definitely a good match-up against Simon.

    It'll be more mental than physical, IMO, when the two meet up.
    I'll be rooting for Dimitrov, though. No offence to Simon, but Grisho is more exciting!!
     
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  13. jelle v

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    A lot of posters on this board have known the name now for quite some time.. especially after his results in Rotterdam.
     
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  15. ClubHoUno

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    i'm a huge fan already - he reminds me of how Sampras and Federe played at that age.

    Good serve, good forehand, good backhand slice, good at the net not good a returner of serve though, and like Sampras and Fed his OHB looks to crack slightly under pressure.

    I'm most definitely a fan of this young guy :)
     
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  16. sheets

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    Definitely a fan. he almost seems to me like a hybrid of Federer and Gasquet.
     
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  17. THESEXPISTOL

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    Wow...
    This kid is insane for his age..
    That 1HB will destroy top10 players soon (almost did it today)
     
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  18. Gugafan

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    Nice pic vtmike. He really does get some fanstastic extension on his OHBH.

    It's only a matter of time before he puts together some big performances on the world stage.
     
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  19. leonidas1982

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    What are the chances Wilson and Nike snatch him away from Head/Adidas? Wilson likes these type of players.
     
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  20. Conquistador

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    He has a great coach............
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  21. THESEXPISTOL

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    I guess that he doesn't have a sponsor from Adidas since his socks today did not had the adidas logo..
     
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  22. Surfie

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    Well he just lost to Simon 76(7) 76(5)
    so it was tight. Not to bad for an 18th year old against no 7 in the world.

    He can only learn from this
     
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  23. zagor

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    Yeah Simon match was close,maybe inexperience cost Dimitrov a bit in that match.Love the BH however,one of the best looking one handers I've seen lately.
     
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    Ok seriously, i wouldnt get that hyped up about this kid so early.
     
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  25. Dimitrov_Fan

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    This the best result he could have hoped for if he was going to lose. It means he only has some smaller step to improve in order to compete with guys in the top 20. But I don't think he's at the level of beating guys in the Top 5.
     
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    NO, not yet... Don't expect too much from this boy now.... maybe 2 or 3 years from now he can really show his ability..... I really want to see how this guy can handle the top 20 guys next two years....
     
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    In a another thread he was reported to string as low as 40/42 lbs. After watching him playing in Queens it's kinda hard to believe, a typo maybe. Can someone confirm his tension?
     
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    Watching him yesterday, I wasn't that impressed with his grass performance.. He plays better on hard court i think.
     
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  29. Halba

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    simon is not one of the greatest grass courters anyway. he is a hard court player through and through.

    difficult to see much in the result.
     
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    i was talking about Dimitrov.. since this is a Dimitrov fan thread ;)
     
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    and given Grisha took a set off Simon in Rotterdam, your point probably still stands Jelle ^^

    I'd like to watch him play more than once on grass before judging his performances on it, I'd also like to see him play when he didn't seem to be slipping all over the place too xD
     
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  32. SempreSami

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    But yet everything else he's worn on court over the past year has been up to date with the adidas lines?


    You folk are all lame, I was sat with all the corporate jollies on centre court and thought Dimitrov was awesome, a first serve of 135mph that really whistles off the racquet and an immense forehand down the line when he runs on to it. And then there's his backhand. What about when he managed to stretch to reach a seemingly impossible to reach ball on his backhand? The kid's exciting, no doubt.
     
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  33. FlamEnemY

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    I have a few observations about his game...
    1st, he is really an aggressive baseliner with good volley skills, so he may very well develope a more complete all-around game with the help of Lundgren. He has power and feel and his serve is great, even at 18 yo. He seems to have problem with the footwork though...
    2nd, he lost a close match to a mentally tough player. So? He can only learn from this experience. Seriously, people see that he has the ability to win a certain match but lacks the experience to capitalise on the big points. Besides, where were the great players when they were 18yo ? Becker is an exception, don't even mention players like Nadal and Hewitt because their style is so different than Dimitrov's. His game is built around veriety and shot selection, he has a good two, three, four years until he really matures and finds his game.
     
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  34. Oui c'est moi.

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    Agree.

    He looked great in black, if i may say so.

    http://www.jamd.com/search/q/Gilles Simon/c/30/page/1
     
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    Just a few observations I made looking at this photo.
    It looks like his got a Eastern Forehand grip, same as Fed and Sampras. Not to sure about his backhand grip though. Does anybody know?
    It's good to see he's dressing like a champion just like Fed.
    The only thing that concerns me about this photo, are the bandages around his knees. This can't be a good sign for the a 18 year old. I hope they are there for precaution.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say his first Grandslam win will be Wimbledon or U.S Open.


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  36. SempreSami

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    Like a champion? For all we know he might be a fan of Johnny Cash.
     
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    Grigor Dimitrov: The Young Roger Federer in Waiting

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    In tennis terms, it’s verging on sacrilege to compare any player with Roger Federer.

    But there has been a buzz about the Wimbledon and US junior champion, the young Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, that is hard to ignore.

    The astute organisers at the Aegon tournament in London this week offered the star-in-waiting a wild card and suddenly the British public saw the future—and it was Federer-shaped!

    Dimitrov’s match against No. 3 seed Gilles Simon was a close affair that went to two tie breaks. It drew the very best out of the Frenchman—especially on his perfectly-timed forehand—to win this match. Anything less would have handed Dimitrov a famous victory.

    But all those watching now know that it is only a matter of time until this awesome Bulgarian talent starts to grace the finals of major tournaments around the world. Just about the time, in fact, that Federer will be ready to hang up his own racket.

    It’s hard to move beyond the dark slanting eyes, angular cheekbones and loose, slender build.

    It’s even harder to overlook the dark cropped curls bound by a black bandana.

    And then it’s impossible to ignore the all-black strip so reminiscent of Federer’s “Vogue” season. There are physical echoes aplenty.

    In another piece of déjà vu, Peter Lundgren, who coached Federer during the vital years leading up to his first Wimbledon title, has taken on the coaching duties of Dimitrov since February. What’s more, Lundgren is reported to have said that his new charge is even more talented than his earlier one.

    But it’s the tennis itself that delivers the real evidence.

    The first shot that hits you between the eyes is Dimitrov’s backhand. This is that rare thing, a single-hander that produces a Federer-like sweep back from the chest, and with such whip that the racket-head all but strikes him between the shoulders. What’s more, he plays perfect slice and down-the-line top spin with equal aptitude.

    It is fast, flexible, and effective and could become his signature shot as his game evolves.

    Then he is already delivering a serve that is faster than Federer’s, and from a near identical action: feet placed one behind the other and knees sinking into a swaying explosion. Though the variety of spin and direction has still to evolve, the Dimitrov serve has enormous potential.

    Move to the forehand. He can direct it across court and inside out. It is fast and adaptable. While it does not yet have the variety of Federer’s killer shot, that will undoubtedly develop.

    What is most striking, though, is the body movement as he delivers it: that pivot off the leading leg, trail leg lifted, in copybook Federer style.

    Dimitrov is also showing talent at the net, and a willingness to come in and use soft wrists to angle shots to both sides. Add to that the odd drop shot, sliced and curving, and it’s as though he’s been mentored by the Swiss master himself.

    Yet on top of this package, Dimitrov has speed, mobility, and eagerness. He runs everything down yet makes fast decisions in his shot-choice.

    Are there any weaknesses in this young man?

    In all honesty, most of the failings of this 18-year-old can be attributed directly to his age and inexperience.

    Dimitrov is 6'2" and still leggy and slightly underdeveloped physically but is growing and has plenty of time to build his upper-body and leg bulk.

    If there’s a small question mark about long-term ambitions on a Federer scale, it is the worrying sign of straps around his knees—perhaps a hint of over extension before his body has grown into its mature stature.

    While he’s taking many leaves out of the book of his idol Federer, he should maybe also take one out of Rafael Nadal’s.

    And as a first step in doing so, he needs to control the excited puppy in him so that he does not over-reach and strain his groin and legs. He slipped alarmingly, and several times, on the grass at Queen's in his eagerness to reach every ball.

    Though he also suffers from the occasional miss-hit through this enthusiastic and attacking play, he will learn to rein that in a little. He and his growing band of admirers must remember, though, that these are the very qualities that have made Federer’s game so attractive and charismatic.

    Dimitrov is a genuinely exciting player: fluid, energetic, and possessing both creativity and execution in his shot-making. And he would seem, already, to have that combination of intensity and control that Federer, by his own admission, struggled to master until well beyond 18. So perhaps Lundgren is right!

    Based on feedback from the BBC correspondents, Dimitrov is also personable, charming, and multilingual. Ring any bells?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/196576-grigor-dimitrov-the-young-roger-federer-in-waiting/page/2
     
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  38. yellowoctopus

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    My thought too when I first saw the photographs.

    It would be great to see him take Federer or Nadal, or both out in one of these tournaments
     
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  39. SempreSami

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    To compare his game with Federer's is fine by me, I saw some Fed in him (in a non-incriminating way) when I was at Queen's yesterday. But to go on to compare physical appearance is just going a bit far. Yes he wears a headband but his hair is nothing like Federer's.

    And he doesn't have a stupid nose.
     
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  40. Blinkism

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    Great post vtmike! I totally agree with everything your saying and I see all the Fed-Dimitrov parallels and I have to say he shows the same promise Fed did.

    Fed's problem was mental, I think Grigor's is physical (he doesn't seem to choke or buckle under pressure like a young Fed did).

    If he can fine-tune his game, play smart, and get fit, then he'll definitely be a Top 10 player at the very least because he's got the talent and technique to play on the big stage.

    Not to mention the added bonus of bringing tennis to Bulgaria (which is primarily a soccer nation). The spread of the sport is something all of us tennis fans should be looking forward too!
     
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  41. FlamEnemY

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    Let's just hope that those straps are only precaution and nothing serious.
     
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    Count me in.

    Dimitrov = Federer 2.0 :twisted:
     
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    How freaky would it be if Dimitrov did what Federer did to Sampras in Wimbledon 2001. Changing of the Guard due soon??
     
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    Would have to be in wimbledon 2011 though

    Which is why I predict he will win wimbledon in 2013
    And the uso in 2013
    and the australian in 2014
    and the french in 2019
     
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    It would definitly be a case of history repeating itself if those events happened at 2011. It would be freaky strange if he beat Fed in Wimby 4th round in 5 tight sets...
     
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    His game looks good.

    Lundgren said he is more talented than Federer?

    I hope he keeps the hopes for the one handed BH alive,
    I will keep an eye on him, very promising.
     
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    sick forehand...combo of safin and fed.

    safins forehand and rogers sick backhand.
     
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    Count me a regular in this thread!
     
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    I like Grisho,and I can definitely see the parallels with Fed.
    But don't forget that Fed's carreer also depended a lot on condition and not getting injured.I hope Grigor takes care of his knees and his body,and he has a great future ahead of him.:)
     
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/jun/18/wimbledon-peter-lundgren-grigor-dimitrov
    Nice article :)

    I also like how Federer sent Lundgren a message :)
     
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