Former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov says his main goal for this clay season is to enjoy it to the fullest. Clay is considered as Dimitrov's weakest surface but he has had some notable results on clay throughout his career. Most recently, Dimitrov reached the Monte Carlo Masters semifinal.
After kicking off his clay season in Monte Carlo, Dimitrov was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona round-of-16. At the Madrid Masters, Dimitrov saw off Maxime Cressy and Diego Schwartzman, before he again stumbled upon Tsitsipas.
Dimitrov: I don't want to overthink
“I really want to enjoy the clay-court season to the absolute maximum that I can,” Dimitrov told Reem Abulleil of Eurosport. . “I’ve had very good results on clay, then I had very bad results on clay.
That’s why in the end I was like, ‘You know what, let’s not over-think the situation’. “I’ve been on tour for like 13 years now, I know how to prepare, I know what I’ve done in the past, so I was thinking maybe I’ll alter it a little bit and see how it goes.
“So far, I’m happy to be out there. I think I’m moving well, a lot of the weapons are I think on display. It’s going well”. After Madrid, Dimitrov will play Rome. Dimitrov has had a solid clay season so far but hard to imagine him being among top favorites for the French Open title.
The French Open is the Grand Slam where Dimitrov has had the least success. Dimitrov, who made his French Open debut in 2011, hasn't missed Roland Garros since. Even though Dimitrov has been a regular at the French Open for the past decade, he has never had a really strong run at Roland Garros.
Dimitrov's best French Open result was just the round-of-16 he achieved in 2020. It remains to be seen how far can Dimitrov go this year at the French Open.