Grigor Dimitrov will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy in an hour. After a few years in chiaroscuro, the Bulgarian is finally returning to the tennis player admired in his early career, when many compared him to Roger Federer.
Grigor will return to play in an ATP Masters 1000 final 6 years later. In 2017 he won the title in Cincinnati by beating Nick Kyrgios in the last act. Today he will face a much more challenging opponent, Novak Djokovic, who could secure his 40th trophy in this category.
After the victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas, the former top-10 player appeared visibly moved in front of the media. In the press conference he spoke about his emotion: "At every moment of the match I felt that I was doing well, but halfway through the second set he managed to raise his level.
It was difficult to manage this change, but the key was to continue believing in my possibilities. I managed to maintain concentration at all times and tried to propose something with every ball I hit. I took advantage of my chances against a very good tennis player like Tsitsipas and managed to play what I wanted in the key points."
Grigor Dimitrov ready for Novak Djokovic: "I feel great emotion"
Grigor had this to say about his special moment: "My feeling is that I made a mental change on the Asian tour.
I played well all year, but I really enjoyed every game and I went back to being a player who looks for things with his weapons, without waiting for other people's mistakes. My goal is to win or lose on my own terms, lately I am able to control my emotions better and have the right attitude.
I am aware of everything that has happened in my career, on and off the pitch, and I feel no regret for what has happened in recent years. I didn't go back, I never left. I accept everything I have had without thinking if I missed opportunities or made mistakes.
I cannot express what this success means to me, I can only say that I am very happy. Things were very difficult for me and to have ended up winning this match is impressive. I didn't shed any tears, but I feel great emotion. I'm having a great moment, I'm enjoying what's happening to the fullest and every victory means a lot to me."