The winner of eight ATP titles and the 2017 ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov is spending the 349th consecutive week in the top-50 but will not become the eighth active player with 350 weeks without leaving that group!
The struggling Bulgarian was on the verge of dropping out from the top-50 for a few weeks and that will happen on Monday following another terrible result at Wimbledon. Grigor had stood at the top of the tennis world in November 2017 when he claimed the title in London by beating five top-10 players but that was the last time we had seen him on that level, losing the edge and playing in one ATP final in the previous year and a half.
He lost that one (to Federer in Rotterdam last year) as well as many other encounters he would have won in the past, fading away from his best tennis and losing confidence and winning formula to drop further and further down through the rankings.
After bowing out in the semi-final at Monte Carlo in April 2018, Grigor Dimitrov is yet to make another semi-final on the Tour, finishing the previous season with a mediocre 25-19 ratio and not making progress in 2019 as well, dealing with a shoulder injury and winning only 11 out of 22 matches.
At Roland Garros, Dimitrov delivered his first top-20 win in 13 months (!!) against another struggling player Marin Cilic which will hardly make him positive about the future or give him the light at the end of the tunnel, especially not after Wimbledon.
Heading to the All England Club ranked 49th, Grigor suffered a painful 2-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to the young Frenchman Corentin Moutet in just under three hours, hitting the exit door for the first time in a career in best-of-five matches after taking the opening two sets.
Dimitrov gave everything he had against the youngster, hitting more winners than unforced errors and taking two points more than his rival, just missing a chance to seal the deal in straight sets and never recovering in sets four and five to pack his bags and crash out.
With no points on his tally, Grigor is set to leave the top-50 after 349 consecutive weeks on Monday, entering there in November 2012 and forging the eighth-longest active streak after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic, John Isner, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori.
Grigor will have to find the solution for his problems as soon as possible, risking to miss the direct entry to the Masters 1000 events and make his potential comeback even harder, which is the last thing he needs at the moment.
Capable of delivering some impressive tennis during the North American hard-court swing, the Bulgarian will have to provide more convincing tennis if he wants to return into the top-30, barely remembering how to compete on level terms against the rivals from the top and the meaning of word consistency.