Grigor Dimitrov, despite being nicknamed "Baby Fed", not only because of his backhand so similar to Roger Federer's but also because of his style of play, does not want to unbalance and even denies being comparable to the "Fab 4", Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
The 31-year-old explained in an interview: "Every player is special in his own way, but those four players are from another league." It is a fact that Dimitrov has never reached the heights that the tennis legends mentioned above have reached.
Dimitrov, for example, has never won a Grand Slam, unlike Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, who instead compete to see who wins the most. Dimitrov was happy after an unexpected first-round win at the Citi Open after he had to retire early against Steve Johnson with a thigh injury at Wimbledon.
Dimitrov, who beat France's Mannarino in the round of 16, will now have to compete with Sebastian Korda for a place in the quarterfinals: "My goal is to get back to the top" Despite Dimitrov's injury at Wimbledon, 2022 was not a bad year in sports.
He won 19 of his 32 matches, and reached the semi-finals at the Melbourne Open and at the Monte Carlo Masters. The most important trophy, as well as the last ATP title the former No. 3 won, dates back to 2017, when he won the Nitto ATP Finals.
2017 is the same year that he won his only Master 1000 of his, in Cincinnati, after losing his first Grand Slam semifinal to Rafa Nadal. The number 19 gave a philosophical answer to the journalist who asked him what prospects he saw for his career: "I will try to return to the TOP 10 so that I can continue playing with the best athletes in this sport" Federer, for his part, will return to the courts in September to play the Laver Cup.
Greg Rusedski comments on Djokovic
In his latest interview with Tennis Channel, former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski spoke about Novak Djokovic: "So Djokovic wants to go down as the greatest male tennis player in the history of the sport," Rusedski said.
"Probably even break Margaret Court's record of 24 Majors." Earlier, John McEnroe said about Djokovic, “The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is golfer Tiger Woods. He had the issues with his wife, he seemed to go completely off the rails and has never been even close to the same player.“