Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov insists he doesn't know much about world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas but he is well aware that the Greek is capable of playing a great tennis. Dimitrov, ranked at No. 20 in the world, led 6-1 6-3 when Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena retired from their French Open third round clash.
Interestingly, former world No. 3 Dimitrov is now set for his maiden round-of-16 appearance at the French Open. "I don't know much about him, to be honest, outside the court. I have clearly watched him play a lot of matches.
Yeah, he has been having very, very good results, playing good tennis on any surface," Dimitrov said of Tsitsipas ahead of their clash, per Jose Morgado.
Dimitrov looking forward to playing Tsitsipas
Dimitrov was hoping to make a deep run at the US Open but his campaign ended in the second round.
Now, Dimitrov is making a notable progress on his least favorite surface. "Yeah, I mean, I'm excited first of all to be in the second week of that tournament. It's a great feeling. I want to hold onto it and kind of focus on my side of the net,," Dimitrov added.
"I don't know, I have never played against him an official match. Yeah, I'm looking forward to the match. I'm very pleased at where my game is right now. My body as well. So, yeah, one-handers, of course. We go from there."
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas was dominating Aljaz Bedene 6-1 6-2 3-1 before the Slovenian decided to retire the match. The 22-year-old Greek has now made back-to-back round-of-16's at the French Open. Last year, Tsitsipas was edged out by three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 8-6 in the fifth set of their round-of-16 clash.
Former world No. 5 Tsitsipas didn't hide his happiness after making the second week at the French Open as he is hoping to make a deep run and potentially lift his maiden Grand Slam title. "It's something that I cherish and appreciate," Tsitsipas said after reaching the round-of-16 at the French Open, per the ATP website.
"Being able to compete in a second week gives me a lot of confidence. It feels great. You feel like you're part of a prestige. I've been putting a lot of hard work in in every single match trying to rise my level, play up to my expectations. I'm very glad that I am where I am today."