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Grigor Dimitrov: Always Looking To Improve

Dimitrov© ATPGrigor Dimitrov is looking to build on the progress he made in 2012.

Grigor Dimitrov has been touted as one of the future stars of the ATP World Tour by virtue of his talent, flashy shot-making and vibrant personality.

In 2012, Dimitrov showed true signs of promise. Among his highlights, the 21 year old advanced to three tour-level semi-finals, notched his first Top 10 victory against Tomas Berdych in Miami and finished the year ranked inside the Top 50 for the first time with a personal best 24-19 season record.

As part of Compeed’s Form & Fitness Series, Dimitrov discusses his recent relocation to the Good to Great Tennis Academy, the greatest improvement to his game since joining the pro ranks in 2008 and more…

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This past season, you became the first Bulgarian to be ranked inside the Top 50. How does it feel to continue breaking new ground for your country?
I think it’s great. My country is really starting to believe in that. They are starting to see we have more than a couple of sports, as tennis is starting to get up there. I’m glad I’m playing for Bulgaria

You're now working at the Good to Great Tennis Academy with Mikael TillstromMagnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti. How have you found things in Sweden?
So far, it’s been great. I’ve been practising there the past few weeks. There’s a lot of snow out there at the moment. It’s a great place, with nice people. Everyone is enjoying working together. We’re all positive that 2013 will bring good things to us.

Where have you seen the greatest improvement in your game since turning professional in 2008?
I think it would definitely be the way I move on court. I think I’ve improved my fitness level. And with my game, I’ve started serving better. I’m still trying to improve all over. Building up is something big for me, so I’m pretty pleased so far.

Where does winning your first title rank on your list of priorities in 2013?
I want to win every tournament possible, of course!

What is an exercise or stretch you’d recommend a recreational player add into their training program?
Everyone views themselves in a different way. In general, you should keep your hips loose and make sure you are stretching. To do the right things, you need to keep yourself in shape.

Which player on tour do you think…
Has the best balance?
Rafael Nadal
Is the quickest? Novak Djokovic
Is the most flexible? Gael Monfils
Has the greatest muscular endurance? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Has the best footwork? Roger Federer
Has the strongest core? Me! 

With assistance from Paul Macpherson.

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