Rising star Grigor Dimitrov sat down with former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash for this CNN profile. During the feature, the 21-year-old Dimitrov reveals that his loves fast cars and fast food. And he’s ready to shed the comparisons to Roger Federer.
“You know all the comparisons, I think that I definitely want people to stop with that,” he said. “Of course we have some similarities here and there and I’m flattered to hear that. Actually I thought it was really cool at the beginning. But with time I’ve realized that I’m trying to build up my own style and when I’m court to do my own shots.”
Dimitrov, who turns 22 in two weeks, is currently ranked No. 29 in the ATP Rankings as he heads into the Madrid Masters next week. In his most recent event he nearly stunned Rafael Nadal in three sets at Monte Carlo.
“I felt quite good about myself and the way I was progressing and of course, these hours in the gym,” he told CNN. “They’re just a must. You just kind of do it and it doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday or Saturday, you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do.
“I mean basically, you’ve got to make it.”
Also not in the video, Grigor said he learned the game and the one-hander from his father, Dimitar. And as a child all he wanted to do was to play tennis.
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