It’s a new year but that hasn’t changed Grigor Dimitrov super-confident mindsight. The young 23-year-old from Bulgaria reached his first Major semifinal last year at Wimbledon, but it’s not enough. He wants to win.
“I always have goals, especially when it comes to slams,” Dimitrov said yesterday after beating Dustin Brown. “I don’t want to say the other tournaments are less important, but every tournament I enter is to win. In the same time, you know that a tournament can change your whole schedule, your whole world. So in a way, this is my goal: To basically win everything that I play. From then on anything can happen. But to set one goal in particular, I’m not sure I’m that type of a guy.”
Dimitrov will have his work cut out this week in Melbourne, though. He’ll play Lukas Lacko next, but then his path could take him through former finalists Marcos Baghdatis and Andy Murray, then Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the final!
Dimitrov is beginning his second season under Australian coach Roger Rasheed.
“Been working with Rog I think over a year now, and I think we established a really good platform, a work ethic, and I think a good relation,” he said. “I still don’t believe we were perfect, but we’re still working on that, too, to get the right groove every time you come to an event or whether it’s off-season or anything like that. So I think he brought a lot of good things into my game. I would like to say it’s always been about the details, especially when it comes to big matches, big moments. That’s quarterfinals, semifinals, and all the slams, of course.”
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