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Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov.jpg
Grigor Dimitrov as Wimbledon boys champion in 2008
Country  Bulgaria
Residence Haskovo, Bulgaria
Date of birth May 16, 1991 (1991-05-16) (age 18)
Place of birth Haskovo, Bulgaria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed; one-handed backhand
Career prize money USD $124,864
Singles
Career record 4-7
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 255 (September 15, 2009)
Current ranking 327 (February 15, 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open -
French Open -
Wimbledon 1R (2009)
US Open -
Doubles
Career record 0-1
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 313 (January 11, 2010)
Last updated on: February 17, 2010.

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgarian: Григор Димитров; born May 16, 1991, in Haskovo) is a tennis player from Bulgaria. His career high rank was #255, achieved on September 15, 2009.

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Junior career

In 2006 he won the Orange Bowl U16 boys singles[1] and was later named the Eddie Herr International 2007 Rising Star.[2]

In 2007, Grigor was the finalist at the Orange Bowl U18 boys singles, losing to Ričardas Berankis of Lithuania. Alongside Vasek Pospisil, he reached the 2007 U.S. Open doubles final, falling to Jonathan Eysseric and Jérôme Inzerillo.

He began the 2008 Grand Slam season with a quarterfinal showing at Roland Garros, losing to Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in three sets. However he went on to win Wimbledon after defeating Henri Kontinen of Finland, 7-5 6-3 in the final. He won the title without dropping a set despite playing with a shoulder injury throughout the tournament. The victory saw him join former junior champions Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg and guaranteed him a wildcard entry into the 2009 Wimbledon men's draw. His success continued at the US Open, which he won on September 7, defeating American qualifier Devin Britton 6-3 6-4.[3] On his way to the title he also defeated top seed Tsung-hua Yang of Taiwan in the semifinals. After the tournament Dimitrov announced that he was ending his junior career and focusing on improving his ATP ranking. On September 8 he became junior world number one overtaking Tsung-hua Yang.[4]

Professional career

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2008

Grigor began frequent participation in men's events in 2008. His first title came on clay at a futures tournament in Barcelona (19 May). His first ATP level match was at 's-Hertogenbosch where he lost to Igor Andreev (RUS) 1-6 3-6. After his junior US Open title he won back to back futures tournaments in Madrid on hard court and rose 300 places to career high ranking of 477. The achievement attracted enough attention to earn him a wildcard into the AMS Madrid qualifying draw where he lost 3-6 3-6 to then #64 Florent Serra of France. After being granted another wildcard to the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Championships in Basel, he won his first professional match at the ATP level by defeating #122 Jiří Vaněk (CZE) 7-5 4-6 7-6(6), in the first round of the qualifying draw.

2009

At the start of 2009 he was granted a wildcard to the main draw of the 2009 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In the first round he upset the then world #23 Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4-6 6-3 6-4. In the second round he faced World #1 Rafael Nadal and pushed Nadal to the edge before losing 5-7 6-3 2-6. He was granted a wildcard to the main draw of the ATP World Tour 250 event Open 13 in Marseille, France. He lost 6-4 3-6 5-7 to world #8 Gilles Simon of France in the first round, after serving for the match at 5-3 in last set. He reached the 2nd round of the Queen's Club Championships, where he lost 6-7 6-7, again to Gilles Simon. In Wimbledon where he got a wildcard as the 2008 Juniors Champion he won the first set of his first round match against Igor Kunitsyn 6:3. He then struggled with a knee injury and lost the following 10 games before he retired. He was granted a wildcard to the main draw of the Catella Swedish Open in Båstad, Sweden an ATP World Tour 250 event. He lost his first round match vs. Guillermo Cañas 3:6 6:7. As the 2008 winner of the US Open Boys Tournament he was granted a wildcard for the 2009 US Open Qualification Tournament. He won his first round match vs. Tobias Kamke (Germany) 6-3 7-5. In the second round he lost to the number 1 seed of the qualification Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-3. On 27th of September Dimitrov won his first doubles challenger title in Trnava, Slovakia together with Teimuraz Gabashvili frum Russia. In the final they beat Minars and Rosol from Czech Republic 6-2 2-6 [10-8].

Coaching

As a child, Dimitrov was coached by his father, Dimitar, at Tennis Club Haskovo. As his talent became more apparent he started to receive coaching from abroad, most notably from Spaniard Pato Alvarez, who has also coached Britain's Andy Murray. Alvarez has reportedly said that Dimitrov is the best 17 year old he has coached. Around the time of his success at the 2009 ABN AMRO in Rotterdam, Dimitrov formally began a coaching relationship with Peter Lundgren, former coach of Marat Safin and Roger Federer. Lundgren has also been quick to praise Dimitrov, saying that "he is better than Federer was at his age."[5]

Playing style

Dimitrov plays a solid baseline game, though he is also a proficient volleyer who doesn't avoid net play. His good touch was apparent in his first match against world #1 Rafael Nadal, when he twice used the drop shot and eventually won the point. He is equally comfortable hitting his single-handed backhand as a drive and with heavy topspin and that shot held up well against Nadal. In some rallies he was even able to push back Nadal on the forehand side by following a top spin shot with a low drive. His forehand has been described by some as a complete copy of Federer's. The service motion, also in the manner of Federer, is smooth and efficient. There is some weakness in his movement which, due to his tall and lanky frame, appears to be a bit labored and off pace. He considers the backhand down the line as his favorite shot and his favorite surfaces are hard court and grass.[6]

Junior Finals

Singles

Grand Slam Singles Wins (2)

Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score
2008 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass Finland Henri Kontinen 7–5, 6–3
2008 United States U.S. Open Hard United States Devin Britton 6–4, 6–3

Doubles

Grand Slam Doubles Runner-Up (1)

Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
2007 United States U.S. Open Hard Canada Vasek Pospisil France Jonathan Eysseric
France Jerome Inzerillo
2–6, 4–6

Finals

Singles

Singles Wins (3)

Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score
2008 Spain Valldoreix F20
ITF FU $ 10 000
Clay Spain Pablo Santos-González 6-3 6-4
2008 Spain Móstoles-Madrid F34
ITF FU $ 15 000
Hard Spain Ignacio Coll-Riudavets 7-6(3) 6-3
2008 Spain Alcorcón-Madrid F35
ITF FU $ 15 000
Hard France Ludovic Walter 6-4 6-4

Doubles

Doubles Wins (3)

Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
2008 Spain Murcia F5
ITF FU $ 10 000
Clay Spain Carlos Poch-Gradin Spain Carlos González-De Cueto
United States Rhyne Williams
7-6(4) 6-3
2009 United States Hollywood F2
ITF FU $ 10 000
Clay Bulgaria Todor Enev Italy Stefano Ianni
Italy Mattia Livraghi
6-1 6-2
2009 Slovakia Trnava
ATP CH $ 64 000
Clay Russia Teimuraz Gabashvili Czech Republic Jan Minar
Czech Republic Lukas Rosol
6-4 2-6 10-8


Doubles Runner-Up (2)

Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
2008 Spain Majorca F2
ITF FU $ 10 000
Clay Spain Juan-Albert Viloca-Puig France Julien Jeanpierre
France Xavier Pujo
5-7 2-6
2009 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
ATP CH $ 50 000
Hard Turkey Marsel Ilhan Portugal Frederico Gil
Sweden Filip Prpic
6-3 2-6 6-10

References

Григор Димитров мери сили с Hадал.dailynews.bg

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