Grigor Dimitrov shares bold ambitions for Wimbledon 4th round

The Bulgarian tennis player has qualified for the round of 16 at the Championships and, at a press conference, explained how he now plays only for himself

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Grigor Dimitrov shares bold ambitions for Wimbledon 4th round
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He was one of the most anticipated tennis players on the eve of Wimbledon and, I must say, Grigor Dimitrov is not betraying expectations. The Bulgarian tennis player is going through a second youth, finding continuity in the results that brought him back, at the beginning of the year, to the top 10.

In the 3rd round of the Championships, the Bulgarian clearly beat Gael Monfils and today he will find out who will be his opponent in the 4th round between Jan-Lennard Struff and Daniil Medvedev (if the rain allows the competitions to be held regularly!). At the end of the challenge with the French tennis player, Dimitrov talked at a press conference about his state of form and his definitive maturation. The Bulgarian reached a late tennis maturity, but it led him to dream big.

Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov
Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov© Sean M. Haffey / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

"There is a reason why we all train. Everyone here thinks they can beat everyone, that's the challenge. That's why we like challenges more than anything else. At some point I felt like I didn't have to prove anything to anyone, I just want to prove myself, I don't play for anyone. Now I know I can do what I want, like sit back and enjoy the journey, but I know that wouldn't be good because I wouldn't be happy. What I never wanted was to settle or feel too comfortable with what was in front of me, and that's one of the reasons why I'm still working, trying with my team to find an extra gear. I can say that I lost some precious years on the court, but there are no regrets because I learned things, so now I want to put it all together. It's a very interesting journey, different from what I've experienced before," he said.

On the possible clash with Medvedev in the round of 16, he added: "It's always tough battles against him, we both push ourselves in very different places. I feel like every match we play is different from the previous one, we both know our tendencies in terms of game style, even though I think we've only played once on grass, but I'm not sure. It's going to be a completely new match, I'm not thinking about it yet. First I want to evaluate what I did today, what I did to get to this position. I'll take into account whoever gets to the round of 16, but first I have to take care of my game. What I'll try to do on court won't be much different from these days, just look for the game I want to play."

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov© Sean M. Haffey / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

On the match won against Gael La Monf Monfils, Grigor analyzed: "It was a good match, much better than yesterday. Of course it's never easy when you have to play again the next day after playing five sets, but I'm very happy with how I played today, I prepared the match very well and then I managed it as best as I could to recover and arrive prepared. I think these two things were the key, I held the match as much as I could. Overall, I would say that today I respected all the fundamental aspects.

The biggest expectations are created by you, in my case I always have very high standards. Expectations will always be there, regardless of the source. In that sense I can't do much, I can only control what I have in my hand, what I can do with my game or how the match will develop, things that depend only on me 100%. Of course, you also have to face an opponent on the other side, which makes things a little bit more difficult, but that's how it is. That's also what makes the game beautiful," explained Dimitrov.

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