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You only live once! Grigor Dimitrov puts his nerves aside to visit Dubai Marina and enjoy the adrenaline rush of the XLine on Monday in Dubai. Photo courtesy Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Dimitrov Flying High In Dubai

Top seed meets Malek Jaziri on Tuesday evening.

It seems flying high in the ATP Rankings is not enough for Grigor Dimitrov.

Before starting his campaign for a first title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the World No. 4 visited Dubai Marina to enjoy the adrenaline rush of the XLine on Monday. The zip line attraction flies over land and water at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour, beginning at a height of 170m before reaching ground level.

"I’ve done a lot of zip lines, but there is nothing you can compare to this. It takes my breath away, to be honest," said Dimitrov.

Competing in Dubai for the first time since 2011 (l. to Gasquet), the Bulgarian was keen to enjoy the activities on offer at the famous tourist destination. "It’s important to do something outside of the court to feel mentally just that you are doing something different, to come back to the court a bit fresher and a bit more excited,” said the top seed.

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The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion goes into his fourth tour-level event of the season in good form, after reaching the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam (l. to Federer). The 26-year-old has compiled a 10-3 record in 2018, and will be keen to add five more wins to his tally this week.

“I want to win the tournament, but what’s most important for me is I build after every match I play and hopefully I’m able to deliver," said Dimitrov. "That’s very important to me in every tournament I play and this one in particular."

Dimitrov begins his Dubai championship bid on Tuesday evening against wild card Malek Jaziri.

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