"After my match yesterday, Dani Vallverdu my longtime coach and I sat down together...we had some career highlights and amazing moments on the court...after three years, we will be going our separate ways...I want to thank Dani for everything he has done..."
Grigor Dimitrov had said and decided after his opening loss to Taylor Fritz in Madrid. Many players are getting themselves in a good space thinking about the next grand slam, but also concentrating on their performances and results at present tournaments.
Dimitrov is doing that too but pushing back to the last French Open when things were totally different. He was ranked in the top 5 of the ATP whereas the Bulgarian is now no. 46. Last year's French Open was a surprise to Dimitrov who thought he'd be playing Serbia's Viktor Troicki but in an hour's time, Troicki pulled out with a back injury and in his place Lucky Loser Mohamed Safwat.
"I never thought I would have a chance to play against such a good player on Chatrier," said Safwat. But he did play and Dimitrov defeated him in three straight sets. What may be more disheartening now is to come into the Madrid Open to face Taylor Fritz no.
57 and the bottom falls out of his game. It was two tiebreaks with the first one being close, but yet Dimitrov just couldn't close the set out on his side, the opening one or the second one. In the three years with Vallverdu, Dimitrov won the Southern and Western in Cincinnati, defeating Nick Kyrgios in straight sets.
In 2017 he won the ATP Finals title winning over David Goffin in the final. Dimitrov had five other coaches before Vallverdu entered his circle as well as Andre Agassi's input at the Rolex Masters. They have all separated and now it seems like Dimitrov is out on a limb as to what coach he'll have next and how he can spice up his game to have consistent wins again.
In Barcelona, the Bulgarian bowed at the second round to Nicolas Jarry in three sets and in Monte-Carlo, he held on until the third round whereas Rafael Nadal claimed his turf in straight sets. This year the Australian Open was the only tournament that he'd gotten past the first or second round but lastly was defeated by Frances Tiafoe in four sets at the round of 16.
At present, it seems that Grigor Dimitrov's only saving grace is playing doubles with Russia's Karen Khachanov as they have gone through the round of 16 when their opponents Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem had retired.
Dimitrov might feel more refreshed about his game knowing that he's doing well, despite being in doubles, but he's used to being one of the master's of the ATP singles tour. He is at the point of re-establishing his team and his game, hoping that they both can become successful at the same time, producing consistent victories throughout the tour.