Dimitrov Primes Himself For Future Big-Four Battles
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Grigor Dimitrov fell at a gargantuan hurdle in his first Wimbledon semi-final on Friday - a four-set loss to 2011 champion Novak Djokovic - but vowed to keep improving his game in preparation for future inevitable match-ups against the top players on the ATP World Tour.
“Early on, I was just a little anxious to play my big game,” said Dimitrov about his clash with the Wimbledon top seed. “I wasn't in a good rhythm, so I had to fight back after losing that first set and down a break in the second.
“I think through the whole match [I] was just a little bit up and down. Occasionally it was just a few dips here and there - a few games,” he added.
Despite the loss, the Haskovo native acknowledges his breakthrough this fortnight at The Championships. His maiden run to the semi-finals of a major earns him a place in the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 10 when the latest list is released Monday. The 6'3" right-hander also looks to better prepare himself for future clashes against the Big Four.
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“This is the first time for me to be in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, so obviously to me that's just positive,” said Dimitrov.
“It's a good learning [experience] for me to put myself in such a position and play against those kind of players and attack the top in a different way,” he added.
“I’m in a good spot at the moment. I'm practising well. I'm doing a good work on and off the court. I'm focusing really on every match that I'm playing. It doesn't matter what kind of tournament I'm playing,” said Dimitrov. “Of course, there are a few ups and downs some of the matches, but I'm focused on raising my level every time.
“I want to get into that next gear and bring all my goods… in clutch matches against Andy, Novak, whomever else I have to play.”