Photo: WTA player in stands for Grigor Dimitrov's RG match, new tennis couple?

Dimitrov is having a great French Open run and he also may be in a new relationship.

by Dzevad Mesic
Photo: WTA player in stands for Grigor Dimitrov's RG match, new tennis couple?
© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Grigor Dimitrov and Alize Lim have sparked dating rumors after the French tennis player has been spotted sitting in the stands for the Bulgarian's big French Open round-of-16 win over Hubert Hurkacz.

On Sunday, No. 10 seed Dimitrov reached his first French Open quarterfinal in his 14th appearance at the tournament after claiming an impressive straight-set 7-6 (5) 6-4 7-6 (3) win over eighth-seeded Hurkacz. 

During Dimitrov's big win, former world No. 135 Lim was spotted in the stands. 

Lim following a French Open match isn't that surprising considering that lately she has been a part of Eurosport's tennis coverage team and currently she is covering the tournament for Eurosport. But Lim sitting in the stands for Dimitrov's stands drew the attention of fans because the two were also spotted together in Monte Carlo. 

In March, Lim was also covering the Monte Carlo Masters for Eurosport. And after Dimitrov exited the tournament in the round, he was filmed picking up Lim in his Lambo before they drove off. 

Earlier this year, there were rumors that Lim and ex-NBA star Tony Parker decided to end their relationship that started in 2021. 

On the other side, Dimitrov and Lolita Osmanova never publicly confirmed their breakup but fans figured out earlier this year that the two probably parted ways. In the past, Dimitrov dated Maria Sharapova and there were also rumors that the Bulgarian may have dated Serena Williams around 2012. 

Dimitrov is having an outstanding French Open

On Friday, Dimitrov was scheduled to hit the court for his French Open third-round meeting Zizou Bergs. And while Dimitrov did get to the court on Friday, he played just a few games before rain suspended his match. Dimitrov then returned to the court on Saturday evening and claimed a 6-3 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-4 win over Bergs in a match that finished around 10 PM local time.

Since Dimitrov didn't have a day off and his match against Bergs finished late on Saturday, there were concerns if the Bulgarian would be able to recover in such a short time for the Hurkacz match. But on Sunday, Dimitrov looked great on the court and ended up beating Hurkacz in three sets to make the quarterfinal and earn his career-best Roland Garros result. 

“I had a fairly short night [sleep] to be honest and I just came out and hit a few balls before the match. I didn't want to spend a lot of energy so I just tried to prepare more mentally than anything else," Dimitrov said after his win over Hurkacz.

"It's very hard to play against such a good friend. Hubi, I've known him for quite a few years. We practice a lot, we've shared quite a few moments together and I knew this was going to be a difficult match, but I knew also that I had to fight a lot… I always wanted to get to that second week.

"Roland-Garros was the only Slam that I felt like I could never get that extra step, but today, 15 years later, I made it so I'm very happy with that."

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Dimitrov on figuring out clay 

Throughout his career, Dimitrov has preferred faster surfaces since they suit up much better his style of play. But now at the age of 33, the Bulgarian is in the midst of his career-best French Open run. 

“I think especially when you play on the clay court here you need a lot of finesse, I mean reading the court a little bit. I think clay court is always tricky. You never know what conditions you're going to get, but I like my chances. I like when I can use my body a lot, when I can chase balls all around the court, I'm able to use my slice, my variety," Dimitrov explained.

“At the same time, when the ball is there to be hit I try to make the most out of it and also against Hubi, we both like to do quite a bit of finesse. He has extremely good touch and amazing reach throughout the court so I truly enjoyed that match.”

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov© Getty Images Sport - Dan Istitene

For a place in the French Open semifinal, Dimitrov will be battling against No. 2 seed Jannik Sinner, who is aiming to win his first French Open title and also win back-to-back Grand Slam titles after becoming a Slam champion at this year's Australian Open.

Against Sinner, Dimitrov won their lone clay-meeting at the 2020 Rome Masters. But since then, Dimitrov and Sinenr have played three more times, with the Bulgarian ending on the losing side every time.

It remains to be seen if Dimitrov can upset Sinner to continue his great French Open run and come two wins away from winning his first Slam.

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