Dimitrov played Qualifying Competetion to Qualify for 2019 Geneva Open [ 250 series ]

EllieK

Professional
He has been having a tough time and Daniel Vallverdu is now out. I like his game when he is on and I would like to see him pull a Wawrinka and have a late bloom. He's talented enough but lacks the ability to put it together in the big moments although he really pushed Rafa in 2017 AO
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
But, but he was supposed to be a dominant number one with Roger and Rafa retired from professional tennis. At least that's what a panel of 'experts' told us in 2013.
he likes chasing girls way too much for that. he is a playboy. He won the YEF so he is talented enough but just doen't like working that hard
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
he likes chasing girls way too much for that. he is a playboy. He won the YEF so he is talented enough but just doen't like working that hard
That's bs. He's trained hard many times but was never good enough to be a dominant force in tennis. He's got Nicole Scherzinger. He doesn't need to go chase anyone else. She's hot and amazing.
 

bjk

Hall of Fame
He needs to end more points at net. Every player says that, but in GD's case it's especially true. Maybe Stepanek can help him with that.
 

Roddick85

Hall of Fame
They broke up i heard
They did at the beginning of the year.

It's a bit sad to see his ranking dropping so low that he now has to go through qualifying for a meager 250 event at this stage of his career. Judging by the results of his 2 qualifying matches, he's not exactly burning the weak opposition in these matches either, so where does he go from there? Some more match play could help him regain some confidence but I think he's got bigger issues than that. As skilled and as entertaining his game was to watch in his better days, he always lacked that "weapon" in his arsenal to really set himself apart from the rest of the top 50 and beside upsetting Djokovic back in 2013, he always got schooled by the top 3 without much of a chance to win. When you look at his matches against any of the top 50, it always seems like the match could go either way because he has no margin.
 
I like watching Grigor Dimitrov play. Maybe his fate is to have the same kind of success in his career as Michael Youzhny. Didn't make it to the very top but admirable in his own way and winning a few tournaments. I liked watching Youzney too. I'm glad players like that are around.
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
He had technial issues, his backhand grip is a deficiency imo. Look at any slow mo video or point of contact his grip makes him bend his wrist at contact it's too weak there. Try a ohbh with a continental or weak eastern grip and the racket head has no stability, compare this with Thiems or stans grip.

His serve he tosses too high and pauses too long breaking momentum, effiency and consistency.

Guy is big and fast and built perfectly for tennis he should be the one forcing the issue but he's on the defense way to much for someone that big, fast, athletic. Look at him vs Mcdonald at the aussie open Mackie is 5 inches shorter and 30 lbs less and he's the one pushing Dimitrov around.
 

DRII

G.O.A.T.
They did? He's an idiot to let her go if he was the one to break up with her.
I think she's the one who initiated the splt.

only reason I say that is because Dimi has obviously been affected by it (or something) and has been in a slump for a while.

people say he's a playboy, and his is, but its not like he doesn't get emotionally invested (just going off of observation here) and he's the one intentionally breaking hearts. I think he's been heart broken after Nicole and is trying to get over it.

obviously I could be wrong, but that's the feeling I get.

Dimi is an empath and thus is vulnerable to heartbreak.
 
I would like to see him pull a Wawrinka and have a late bloom. He's talented enough but lacks the ability to put it together in the big moments although he really pushed Rafa in 2017 AO
That definitely seemed plausible at the end of 2017, when he was 26 and a half and so approaching the age Wawrinka was when he started his run. The thing is that Dimitrov just turned 28 four days ago, and he's nowhere near where Wawrinka was when he turned things around. Sure, Wawrinka was almost 29 when he won the AO 2014, but that didn't come out of nowhere - he'd had a great year in 2013. Dimitrov winning Wimbledon 2019 would be far more out of the blue than that. Perhaps he can have some good runs in late 2019 and so start 2020 with a Wawrinka-esque run at the AO at a similar age to Wawrinka at AO 2014. But it doesn't look very likely right now.

Then again, the tour has aged even further since 2014, so perhaps Dimitrov winning Wimbledon just after turning 29 next summer would be equivalent to Wawrinka's breakout at the AO. I won't be holding my breath, however.
 

Roddick85

Hall of Fame
I think she's the one who initiated the splt.

only reason I say that is because Dimi has obviously been affected by it (or something) and has been in a slump for a while.

people say he's a playboy, and his is, but its not like he doesn't get emotionally invested (just going off of observation here) and he's the one intentionally breaking hearts. I think he's been heart broken after Nicole and is trying to get over it.

obviously I could be wrong, but that's the feeling I get.

Dimi is an empath and thus is vulnerable to heartbreak.
Yeah I believe she's the one who decided to split as well. I know Dimitrov has had shoulder issues for the past year or so and that played a factor in his decline, but I wouldn't underestimate the impact of a break-up on his game/overall performance. I think we all know how hard relationships/break-ups can be emotionally/mentally, heck just look at Djokovic in 2016/2017 decline when rumors were flying around about his marriage being in trouble etc... Bottom line, it's hard on everyone.

As bad as things look for Dimitrov right now, let's not forget clay has never been a good platform for him to perform. Until the clay swing is over, I don't expect anything at all from him. When the grass "season" starts after the FO, it could help him find his form. I just think he needs to shake things up in a major way and re-invent himself if he wants to be a top performer again because his current game just doesn't cut it. Perhaps Stepanek and Agassi will help him with that, but for that to work, he needs to be focused mentally.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
I think she's the one who initiated the splt.

only reason I say that is because Dimi has obviously been affected by it (or something) and has been in a slump for a while.

people say he's a playboy, and his is, but its not like he doesn't get emotionally invested (just going off of observation here) and he's the one intentionally breaking hearts. I think he's been heart broken after Nicole and is trying to get over it.

obviously I could be wrong, but that's the feeling I get.

Dimi is an empath and thus is vulnerable to heartbreak.
I feel sorry for him then. Despite the age Gap between them, Nicole seems like a good partner and it would be heart breaking if things were not working out with someone like her.

That all being said, Dimitrov, like Nishikori and Raonic, is a part of the Lost generation for a reason. They were never good enough to take over from the big four. Even the newer generations are not. But the current NextGen have age on their side unlike the lost boys, and will have their chances to fight for the slams when the big 3 are done.
 
The guy reached a #3 ranking in an era dominated by the big 3 and had a run of 6 years pretty much in the top 25. I wouldn't call the guy a failure at all, the expections are only what they are because others heapped them on him. He's certainly had an objectively good career by most any other standard and struggling now is more about the people that made these proclamations not anything he's ever done that I'm aware of if he wasn't the one hyping himself.
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
They did at the beginning of the year.

It's a bit sad to see his ranking dropping so low that he now has to go through qualifying for a meager 250 event at this stage of his career.
he is no. 44, must have entered the tournament late or something
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
He has been having a tough time and Daniel Vallverdu is now out. I like his game when he is on and I would like to see him pull a Wawrinka and have a late bloom. He's talented enough but lacks the ability to put it together in the big moments although he really pushed Rafa in 2017 AO
It's possible his late bloom already came and went back in 2017 when he won the WTF and Cincinnati and finished the season ranked #3. Less than 2 years later he's ranked #48 and having to qualify in order to play a 250.
 
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