Grigor Dimitrov Is Back In A Funk, Will He Ever Be A Consistent Winner?
by Tom Gainey | April 21st, 2017, 8:30 am
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After a scorching 16-1 start to 2017 which included two titles and an Australian Open semifinal, Grigor Dimitrov has once again hit the skids. With Wednesday’s opening round loss to Jan-Lennard Struff in Monte Carlo, Dimitrov is now just 1-5 in his last six matches. It’s a complete reversal of how well he was playing a few months ago!

What’s interesting is it was this time last year when Dimitrov began a 6-match losing streak after reaching the Istanbul final.

Hopes were sky high for the soon-to-be 26-year-old but it seems once again he’s cooled off, with no real cause. And statistically, while Dimitrov’s had his best results on the quicker courts, he has about the same winning percentage on the three surfaces (60%), and apart from the French Open he’s done well on the clay before with two quarterfinals at Monte Carlo and a semifinal in Rome.

Luckily, with almost no points to defend other than Istanbul in the coming months, Dimitrov should at least stay in the Top 15 in the rankings. And he still entered the week 4th in the Race. But if he can’t get back on track, what a missed opportunity. His next scheduled event is in Madrid.

DIMITROV’S LAST 5 TOURNAMENTS
Rotterdam: QF loss to Goffin
Indian Wells: 3rd RD loss to Sock
Miami: Opening RD loss to Pella
Marrakech: 1st RD loss to Robredo
Monte Carlo: Opening RD loss to Struff


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4 Comments for Grigor Dimitrov Is Back In A Funk, Will He Ever Be A Consistent Winner?

RZ Says:

Rotterdam and IW are not necessarily bad losses considering the opponents. Sock has had a good few months, and Goffin is a quality opponent. The Miami loss was bad.

I was going to comment that clay may be a weak surface for Dmitrov, but looking at his career stats, he has a similar win-loss percentage on clay as on hardcourt and grass (around 60% for all 3)


SG1 Says:

Dimitrov is one of those uber-talented guys that loves the life more than the game. He’s a lot like Berdych, Gael Monfils, JWT and Nick Kyrgios. Tons of talent but he doesn’t love the game the way the Big 4 do. His shots are as good as Federer’s though he clearly doesn’t move like Fed. Not the end of the world because nobody’s ever moved like Federer on a tennis court.

I was really optimistic for him after Australia. Figured he was going to turn the corner. He may yet this year but a career 60% percentage of matches won is underachieving for someone of this skill level. Something’s not right between those ears.


Zachary Grace Says:

I don’t think Dimitrov’s forehand has nearly the sting of Fed’s. He needs to up the aggression, similar to Fed in his recent resurgence imo.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

No.

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