World No. 78 Grigor Dimitrov insists he won't be too hard on himself following a semifinal exit at the US Open as the Bulgarian is drawing positives from his campaign at Flushing Meadows. Dimitrov, who is having one of his toughest and most challenging seasons on the tour, failed to reach his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open as he lost to No.
5 seed Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-3. Dimitrov, a former world No. 3, is projected to climb up to No. 25 in the world when the rankings list gets updated on Monday. "It was a good match overall. I think it was just a few points here and there.
Yeah, three sets to love, but, I mean, the score for me doesn't justify the match itself. I think it was a good level," Dimitrov said after the match, per the AFP. "Overall he played really well, fought hard, a lot of the key points he played well.
I don't want to be too down on myself. Great weeks. First time in semi-final out here. Just going to take a lot of the positives, for sure." Medvedev, 23, has now reached his fourth consecutive final this North American hard-court swing.
The Russian is a win away from winning his maiden Grand Slam title but it will be all but easy as he will have to beat 18-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in order to win it all. However, Dimitrov believes the in-form Russian has the tools and the game to become the first Grand Slam winner born in the 1990s.
"Anything's possible. You get the chance to be in the final, so you got to leave everything out there. If he keeps going the same way, plays the same, I think absolutely he's got a major shot," Dimitrov added.