US Open semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov grabs Stockholm wild card


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US Open semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov grabs Stockholm wild card

Stockholm Open has been in the ATP calendar since 1969, mainly staged at the Kungliga Tennishallen venue and with an impressive list of champions that includes Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Goran Ivanisevic, David Nalbandian, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych!

Back in 2013, Grigor Dimitrov conquered the first ATP tournament in Stockholm, working in this city for some time and competing there for the first time with a wild card ten years ago when he was still ranked 310th. Two years later, Dimitrov was the quarter-finalist before that 2013 run that sent him all the way, using a favorable draw to advance into the final and toppling David Ferrer there in three sets for the first ATP trophy at the age of 22.

A year later, the Bulgarian almost defended the title, losing in the final to Tomas Berdych and falling to Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final in 2016 and the final 12 months later. After missing the Stockholm Open in 2018, Grigor will compete there for the eighth time between October 14-20, joining Mikael Ymer on the list of players who received a wild card.

After winning the ATP Finals crown in November 2017, Grigor started to struggle and never reached that form again until the recently-finished US Open, barely scoring any top-20 wins and not reaching the semi-final on the Tour after Monte Carlo 2018!

With a risk of bowing out from the top-100 soon, Dimitrov used solid draw in New York to grab four wins and book the spot in the semi-final, becoming the lowest-ranked player (world no. 78) in a Major semi-final since Rainer Schuettler at Wimbledon 2008 and at the US Open since Jimmy Connors in 1991.

In the quarter-final, Grigor took down Roger Federer in five sets for one of his most notable wins in almost two years, falling to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the semi-final but earning huge amount of points to get back into the top-25.