Grigor Dimitrov's lowest point was probably in July when he lost to Kevin King in a straight-set, first-round match at the Atlanta Open, 7-5 6-4. King was outside the top-400 ranking that week. In an interview, King recalled that match: “I was excited to have the opportunity to play him.
I’ve watched him play for a lot of years. It was definitely the biggest win I’ve had”. King also commented on Dimitrov's US Open quarter-final match win over Roger Federer: ￼“It just shows the importance of confidence.
When he’s playing well, he is one of the best players in the world and he proved it (in beating Federer). I think it just shows you how small the margins are in tennis. There are a lot of good players. There is a lot of depth.
I’m really happy for him that he’s had this breakthrough”. King has some big goals ahead of the rest of the season: “I’m just trying to take some confidence from the summer and finish the year strong."
Dimitrov commented on the many expectations around the Next Generation and the comparisons people made between him and Roger Federer: “Younger players coming up, I think they should never be compared to anybody. I think they should have more air to breathe and a lot more time to find themselves first before anything else. I found that out the hard way."