Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov insisted he knew from the beginning the Bulgaria ATP Cup team could do something if they came together as a team. Bulgaria wasn't considered a favorite to win Group C and make the knockout stage but now they stand a realistic chance after winning their first two ties in Sydney.
On Friday, Dimitrov and world No. 517 Alexandar Lazarov saved match poi ts en route to stunning British doubles stars Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in the deciding rubber of the tie against Great Britain. On Sunday, Bulgaria didn't need a deciding tie against Moldova as Dimitar Kuzmanov beat Alexander Cozbinov, while Dimitrov saw off Radu Albot.
"Coming into this thing, I knew that if we come together, we have a great opportunity. I know I have to not only believe in myself now, but I need to believe in the players that are with me," Dimitrov said, per the ATP Cup.
"My only goal was, and I'm honest on that, was just to put them together, to make sure we practise together, to make sure they learn something from me, to make sure they are surrounded by the top players. That was my main goal."
The Bulgarians will now be aiming to beat Belgium on Tuesday and conclude their group stage campaign with a perfect record.