Grigor Dimitrov opens on Roger Federer comparison and 'Baby Fed' nickname



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Grigor Dimitrov opens on Roger Federer comparison and 'Baby Fed' nickname

Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov admitted he enjoyed being called "Baby Fed" at first but over time he got fed up with being often compared to Roger Federer. “I enjoyed it so much at first. I felt grateful.

But over time, I was like, 'Come on, it's getting old.' Yeah, we kind of have a similarity. But we are totally different and we play so differently. I appreciate that fact. But there were times when I started resenting people who called me that.

I thought I had proven over the years that I was a completely different player to him. Of course, we're not even talking about achievements, just as a player himself. I was very happy that this nickname was dead," Dimitrov said on Tennis Majors, per We Love Tennis.

Dimitrov enjoyed a deep run in Monte Carlo

Dimitrov, ranked at No. 23 in the world, kicked off his clay season last week in Monte Carlo. Dimitrov, who prefers faster surfaces over clay, enjoyed a great week in Monte Carlo as he reached the semifinal before losing to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Davidovich Fokina, 22, defeated Dimitrov in three sets 6-4 6-7 (2) 6-3 to reach his maiden Masters final. Davidovich Fokina claimed the first break of the match in the third game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.

Dimitrov started the second set with a 2-0 lead but Davidovich Fokina responded with back-to-back breaks to overturn an early second set deficit and take a 6-3 4-2 lead. However, Dimitrov refused to quit as he broke back Davidovich Fokina in the 10th game when the Spaniard was serving for the match.

Dimitrov then dominated the second set tie-break to force a third set, in which he took an early 2-0 lead. Just when it seemed Dimitrov would clinch a big comeback win, Davidovich Fokina claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to take a 5-2 lead in the third set, before serving out for the match in the ninth game.