Will Grigor Dimitrov ever make the big breakthrough?
The Bulgarian star has been touted as the next big thing for years, but he is yet to pass the semi finals in the singles draw of a major tournament.
With the likes of Alexander Zverev, Hyeon Chung, Denis Shapovalov, Borna Coric and Stefanos Tsitsipas on the up, time may be running out for Dimitrov to make his mark in the grand slams.
Can Grigor Dimitrov win the Australian Open?
There is no doubting that Dimitrov is a much better player than he was a few years ago, yet he has struggled to maintain a high standard over the course of a season.
Case in point: after reaching the quarters at the Australian Open and the third round at Roland Garros, ‘Baby Fed’ suffered first-round exits at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.
However, Dimitrov is a fast starter and often features in the last eight at Melbourne Park.
If you are looking beyond the big three in the Australian Open odds, this is one man to consider.
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More about Grigor Dimitrov
- It was Grigor Dimitrov’s familiar technique that first caught the eye when he burst onto the pro circuit in 2008. From the unusual service action to the languid one-handed backhand, everything about the way he played was imbued with the influence of Roger Federer.
The only thing missing was the results.
Substance starting catching up with style in 2014 when Dimitrov reached the last eight of the Australian Open. He followed that with three title, including Queen’s, and a jaunt to the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships.
Then it vanished. Dimitrov failed to win anything in the next two years and could not make it past the fourth round in any of the majors. He split with two coaches in that time, ditching Roger Rasheed in September 2015 and axing Franco Davin less than a year later.
That slump led Dimitrov to Daniel Vallverdu and a stunning revival. After finishing 2016 with a flurry of strong performances, he kicked off the 2017 season with victory at the Brisbane International – his first title in three years. He followed that with an impressive run to the last four at Melbourne Park, where he succumbed to a rampant Rafael Nadal in five sets. A second title came at the Sofia Open, a third at the Cincinnati Masters, and a fourth at the prestigious ATP World Tour Finals.
All that saw Dimitrov end the year as world number three and one of the hottest players on tour. The tennis world waits with bated breath to see whether he can continue that upward trend and crack the grand slams.
Name: Grigor Dimitrov Born: 16 May 1991 in Haskovo, Bulgaria Height: 191cm Turned pro: 2008 Style: Right-handed, single-hand backhand Career ATP titles: 8 Best grand slam result: Semi-finals (2014 Wimbledon, 2017 Aus Open, 2019 US Open) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Australian Open – Q1 R2 R2 R1 QF R4 R3 SF SF R4 French Open – – R1 R2 R3 R1 R1 R1 R3 R3 R3 Wimbledon R1 – R2 R2 R2 SF R3 R3 R4 R1 R1 US Open Q2 – R1 R1 R1 R4 R2 R4 R2 R1 SF
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