Grigor Dimitrov has withdrawn from the doubles draw where he was supposed to pair up with the Belgian David Goffin. Dimitrov took the decision after the long three-set win over Frances Tiafoe. Commenting on coming through the third round on Thursday, Dimitrov said: 'It's great. Obviously, I haven't competed in about, yeah, four, four and a half weeks. And to come out and just play, I mean, that's all I wanted. I was really not focusing on winning or losing. I was just focusing to build up and start playing good tennis and start building the right habits. And eventually, if you do all these things right, you win. And I think those days were just that for me. Clearly I'm not playing my best tennis, but I'm finding a way and managing to go through those matches, and I think I'm improving. With each game, with each point that I play, I feel more confident, more stable on the court, and everything falls into its place. So hopefully that's a great step forward for me.'
Asked if pressure may have influenced him this year after winning his greatest career-title at the London ATP Finals, Dimitrov replied: 'The biggest pressure that I could probably experience has always been from myself. And that is to play better, that is to do things better, to improve and stuff like that. I have never got that from anything else. Whether it's, like, I have to defend tournaments, points, or outside factors. Like people and the negative talk and everything that has been coming along my way, I don't care about it. I mean, I have my inside voice. I'm surrounded by the people that I want to be surrounded by family, friends. I feel I have the right people around me. Last year was, yes, unbelievable year without a doubt. But it's all a learning process for me. And I still believe that there's a lot of more to come for me. Yes, this year hasn't been the best, clearly, but it's not over. We're just halfway through. So, I mean, one of the best things, everything is in your hands. So if things go the right way, let's see how it ends.'