We watched American teen Ryan Harrison’s big breakthrough at the US Open earlier this month. But is the 18-year-old the next global tennis superstar?
Or might it be Grigor Dimitrov, who has long been touted as the heir apparent to Roger Federer?
The 19-year-old Dimitrov is finally putting results together. Yesterday, the 6-foot-2 Bulgarian won his second consecutive ATP Challenger-level event, claiming the Bangkok title during which he earned a win over former Top 20 Dmitry Tursunov.
Dimitrov had won the Geneva Challenger at the end of August and with the Bangkok title he increases his current win streak to 10 matches.
The Bulgarian had quite a summer winning three additional European Futures events. In fact, Dimitrov, or “G-Force” as he is called, has now won 22 of his last 23 matches including Challengers and Futures (his only loss came in a third set tiebreak).
The title Sunday lifted his ranking 44 spots to a career-high today of No. 146. If he continues his climb hopefully he’ll make Australia because I’ve yet to see him play a full match.
Dimitrov is scheduled to compete in another Challenger this week in Bangkok where he meets No. 7 seed Ivan Dodig in the first round. The top seed is Ricardo Mello followed by Olivier Rochus.
Here’s a video from Bangkok with a Dimitrov interview at the end. Grigor has groupies!
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