World No.3 Grigor Dimitrov is looking forward to the Australian Open and is hoping to leave a mark this year. Often regarded as the next in line to reach the top, he is coming into this season following a career-best season so far.
Reaching his peak years, the 26-year-old is gunning to make the most of his time. "When you see those type of opportunities, you need to be able to seize them," he said.
"It's no point to say I could have done it or not. This is in front of you, this is what you have and I always like to work with what I have and this is the moment for me to grab the opportunity.
"I have a good amount of confidence. I've done those extra miles. The legs feel good so it's all about putting it in on the court now."
Seeded to meet Nick Kyrgios in the Fourth Round, Dimitrov is wary of the Australian Challenge. "It was a very interesting match. I thought I had everything under control but then after that first set, everything kind of slipped away from me," Dimitrov said.
"He slashed a few shots and got his belief back, I guess, and he started serving unbelievable. So for me after that I tried to do everything I can to get into the rally but there was pretty much no rallies at all.
"Of course well deserved for him. That's a great start to the year for him and he's definitely a contender now."