Grigor Dimitrov shares a very personal praise for Jannik Sinner

The Bulgarian tennis player will challenge the young Italian in the final of the Miami Open in a few hours

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Grigor Dimitrov shares a very personal praise for Jannik Sinner
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"At the moment Jannik Sinner is the best player in the world, clearly. He is a fantastic player, the numbers prove it. He has lost only one match in this 2024. But above all Jannik is a great person. I admire him a lot, he is polite and this It's thanks to the family and the team. I'm ready, I want to play these matches. It will be a great final."

With these words of praise for his upcoming opponent, Grigor Dimitrov presented the final of the Miami Open, in which he will challenge the young Italian. Dimitrov praised his next opponent, describing him with beautiful words in an interview with Sky Sport, defining Sinner as a great person, on and off the court.

The Bulgarian will start as an outsider against Sinner, but in Miami Dimitrov showed a fantastic game, completely destroying Carlos Alcaraz and imposing himself in two exhausting battles against Hubert Hurkacz and Alexander Zverev. Victories that earned him a return to the top 10 after six years. For him it is the third ATP Masters 1000 final in his career after the success in Cincinnati against Nick Kyrgios in 2017 and the defeat last November in Paris Bercy against Novak Djokovic.

There are all the conditions for the final of the ATP Master 1000 in Miami between Sinner and Dimitrov to provide a spectacle and a very high level.

Two tennis players who share an amazing start to the season and a character that has earned them the esteem and respect of all their colleagues on the Tour. For Sinner, as mentioned, this is the third final reached this year, the same number as those played in 2024 by the 33-year-old Bulgarian, who won his first title after 6 years in Brisbane against Holger Rune, instead surrendering to Ugo Humbert in Marseille.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Brennan Asplen / Stringer Getty Images Sport

Dimitrov praises the Fab Four

At the press conference, in addition to talking about the splendid performances in Florida, Grigor was asked if he thinks he considers himself unlucky to have found himself in the era of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

"Quite the opposite however. I have been very lucky. How many times can you say you have played against the best players in the world and beaten them all? It's excellent. I'm sorry but I can live with it. The titles are very beautiful but the path without them its a bit sad.

It's not that I want to compare myself to them but it's sad. I love watching them play, competing against them, you always learn something. Over the years I have had many quarter-finals and third rounds where I have had to battle with them.

This has shaped me mentally and in what I need to do in different periods of my career. You can learn a lot from each one, they have their own way of doing things but they all have incredible qualities. They are the pioneers of current tennis. Having players like them adds spectacular diversity," he explained.

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov© Brennan Asplen / Stringer Getty Images Sport

Regarding the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami and the official return to the Top-10, Dimitrov explained: "The work is not finished here but in general the fact of consistently beating the best tennis players is worth more than any ranking.

In the end you know that the ranking comes thanks to the successes, in the last twelve months it has been difficult at times but I have always worked and I believed in it.

I never lost sight of my goal and every week I set small goals for myself. Waking up in the morning and not feeling any pain is a great success for me. When I start putting all this together, well I can't help but be happy."

Grigor also talked about his relationship with Serena Williams: "She is fantastic, we stayed in touch and she told me she would come to see me; tennis is tennis, but this is friendship and it is one of the most beautiful things here, we are all living our dream."

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