Will Dimitrov win a grand slam?

Will he win a slam in singles?

  • Yes, he will.

  • No, he won't


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reaper

Legend
I think the biggest roadblock for him is that he's a choker. It took him 4 match points to win today, 4 match points yesterday and the commentators reeled off a long list of matches that he's lost in the last 12 months having had multiple match points. I think he'll make a final, likely get himself into a winning position, but fear he might clutch defeat from the jaws of victory.
 

Mugu

Rookie
yes, 2018 he will win a Slam and finish the year #1. all he was lacking was confidence and mental toughness, and he's obviously made
big strides in both. i think he is going to have a spectacular career. barring injury, of course...
 

Legend of Borg

G.O.A.T.
i'm concerned with how long it took him to close out goffin

he resorted to just spinning the ball back and hoping for an UE, completely flat play and very disappointing to see

i really wasn't happy with how he ended up winning but i supposed it's the end result that matters

still, that tactic won't work against fedalovic
 
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nikdom

Guest
Predicting stuff especially betting against a talented player is always foolish. That said, I have a hard time envisioning him beating 2 or 3 quality players back to back in a best-of-five week 2 of a slam right now. In the future perhaps...who knows.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
If he plays like 2017 AO, 2014+2017 SW19. He has a shot then.

WTF was a great result, RR -SF he played really aggressive. In the final...he rolled his shots, Passive when it matters. Credit to Goffin for stepping up, Dimitrov was very fortunate to win the match.

Goffin would have destroyed him, had he served anything like he did against Federer. Too many breaks in the match.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm a fanboy. I would love if he won a few.

Now, objectively, it's a really complicated question in this case. Grigor Dimitrov keeps showing he has all the fancy tools to be a great player. He wins the WTF playing playing suboptimal in the final against red hot Goffin.


I feel Dimitrov has all the tools a player can have, yet I think that the quality of his basic tools is lacking. He can basically do everything, but when nearly all breaks down, he doesn't have much to rely on to get through the toughest matches. He's an incredible athlete, he has a great, varied game, he can construct wonderful points, but his 1-2 combo and return aren't good enough. He doesn't dominate his serve games and his returns aren't good enough to make up for that. His serve breaks down a bit under pressure, he's a bit of a choker in certain situations, and his returns aren't among the very elite. So he's stuck dominating rallies. And in rallies he's not so dominant that he doesn't give opponents a chance to hit the first strike.

If he doesn't improve in the next few years I do not think that Grigor Dimitrov will win Grand Slams. But I do think he has a lot of room to improve still.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
I say he still has a long way to go.
Yes, he beat top 10 players 5 times to win the WTF title. But the people he beat were Thiem (#4), Goffinx2 (#8), Pablo Carreno Busta (#9), and Sock (#10). This is not a list so impressive as to extrapolate Dimitrov's career into 2018, when many of the big guns are coming back.
At GS, I'll put him behind Big 3, Murray, Stan, Delpo, Nishikori, and Kyrgios, at the level of Raonic, Zverev, Thiem, and Cilic.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
I thought he would be a player at Wimby/USO after his AO run so I'm not going to hope for anything with Dimitrov. Fool me once...
 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
  • This pertains to next year only. Won't predict further.
  • Fedal falls off in 2018.
  • Djokovic & Murray fail to successfully come back from injury.
  • Dimitrov has his best chance before next Gen fully develops.
  • *if
 

leejayh

Rookie
Dimitrov is fun to watch - but agree that he lacks a go to winning play. I like watching him because he has a classic looking game. OHBH, attacking style, etc. But, he does not seem to have the put away power on points. Seems to have to work too hard compared to others. My biggest problem is his serve. Oddly, he serves 130+ but no one seems to have any problem returning. That serving motion of his is not the most elegant, and my bet is that he telegraphs which way he is serving - which is why no one seems to have much trouble returning it. It is the biggest weakness in his game IMO.
 
As long as he doesn't run into top players, he'll have his chances.
This year, he was very fortunate in his AO draw where he made the semis. Fourth round match was against an exhausted Istomin, instead of Djokovic. Had they met, Dimitrov most likely would've lost.
French Open seems out of the question. His worst surface, and his best results were Round 3, only thanks to fortunate draw.
His best chance is Wimbledon. Though I would say, his chances of winning are still low. Even a less rounded player like Raonic, has a better chance to win it.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
He's now won in every single category of ATP events bar 1 and lacks only a Slam to complete the full set. If he can maintain his level and confidence into 2018 he should be in with a good chance. Certainly not a given though.
 

Bukmeikara

Legend
Its a coin flip I think. He is not that good to be a lock like Zverev but certanly with a bit of chance he could would even snatch 2-3.
Best chance is probably Wimbledon because competition there is rather slim- Wawa, Nadal, Del Potro, Djokovic should be past their best results while Nishikori, Thiem would hardly improve. That leaves Federer, Murray, Raonic, Zverev and Cilic for the next 1-2 years.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
No unless a draw completely implodes.

He doesn't have the mental game to beat Federer/Djokovic/Nadal unless they're playing considerably below their best.

By the time they're all gone, he'll be pretty old himself and new people will inevitably be a challenge.
 
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Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
I thought he would be a player at Wimby/USO after his AO run so I'm not going to hope for anything with Dimitrov. Fool me once...
I don't think it's been that bad. He obviously had a slump after winning Sofia, and he hasn't played at the level of his start of the year consistently. I think Dimitrov overplayed at the start of the year, and then he was on the downhill by the time the Sunshine Double came around. Losing to Rublev was his only really bad loss at a slam, and at Wimbledon he just had the worst draw he could've had.

He has like 3 bad losses in total at ATP 1000 and above off clay. That said, he still has to improve. And there is quite obviously still room to improve, which isn't a given for a YE#3
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Its a coin flip I think. He is not that good to be a lock like Zverev but certanly with a bit of chance he could would even snatch 2-3.
Best chance is probably Wimbledon because competition there is rather slim- Wawa, Nadal, Del Potro, Djokovic should be past their best results while Nishikori, Thiem would hardly improve. That leaves Federer, Murray, Raonic, Zverev and Cilic for the next 1-2 years.
I honestly don't think Zverev is a lock to win Slams.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Its a coin flip I think. He is not that good to be a lock like Zverev but certanly with a bit of chance he could would even snatch 2-3.
Best chance is probably Wimbledon because competition there is rather slim- Wawa, Nadal, Del Potro, Djokovic should be past their best results while Nishikori, Thiem would hardly improve. That leaves Federer, Murray, Raonic, Zverev and Cilic for the next 1-2 years.
Where did you get the idea that Zverev is a lock to win slams?
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I say he still has a long way to go.
Yes, he beat top 10 players 5 times to win the WTF title. But the people he beat were Thiem (#4), Goffinx2 (#8), Pablo Carreno Busta (#9), and Sock (#10). This is not a list so impressive as to extrapolate Dimitrov's career into 2018, when many of the big guns are coming back.
At GS, I'll put him behind Big 3, Murray, Stan, Delpo, Nishikori, and Kyrgios, at the level of Raonic, Zverev, Thiem, and Cilic.
Below Kyrgios? You're joking, right? Kyrgios has done very little in GS.

On the level of Zverev with no quarters? At the level of Thiem who blows on 2/3 surfaces? Disagree.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
I don't think it's been that bad. He obviously had a slump after winning Sofia, and he hasn't played at the level of his start of the year consistently. I think Dimitrov overplayed at the start of the year, and then he was on the downhill by the time the Sunshine Double came around. Losing to Rublev was his only really bad loss at a slam, and at Wimbledon he just had the worst draw he could've had.

He has like 3 bad losses in total at ATP 1000 and above off clay. That said, he still has to improve. And there is quite obviously still room to improve, which isn't a given for a YE#3
Losing to Federer at Wimby is fine but the way he lost was pretty bad. Raonic/Berdych put up more of a fight. I really thought Dimitrov was on the short list of contenders for Wimby, or at least that after his AO run he would be.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Losing to Federer at Wimby is fine but the way he lost was pretty bad. Raonic/Berdych put up more of a fight. I really thought Dimitrov was on the short list of contenders for Wimby, or at least that after his AO run he would be.
That's true. But looking at gamestyles, Federer's game is 100% suited to crush Dimitrov, so I don't think it's weird that Dimitrov underperformed.
 
i'm concerned with how long it took him to close out goffin

he resorted to just spinning the ball back and hoping for an UE, completely flat play and very disappointing to see

i really wasn't happy with how he ended up winning but i supposed it's the end result that matters

still, that tactic won't work against fedalovic
You're absolutely right, but now you've got to factor in these wins to the equation. Confidence comes with winning tough ones. Historically he always choked but this year he battled hard ones and has been coming through numerous times.

I wonder if he has a sort of tipping point in his future where he shifts from "I want to win" to "I'm going to win", with the experience to back it up.
 

BGod

Legend
The default answer is yes.

There's a void behind the Big 5. Dimitrov has 4 years physically before he might decline but given the wear maybe more. He's bound to just walk into one.
 

aman92

Hall of Fame
At least one? Without a doubt..he is too talented a player not to win one. His backhand is the only real weakness right now....his forehand and movement are top notch
 
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