If you’re a tennis enthusiast, you have probably heard of Grigor Dimitrov – a Bulgarian professional tennis player, who is currently at 13th position in the ATP rank list. Grigor Dimitrov has 6 ATP titles and two semifinals at the Grand Slam tours.
His favorite surfaces are hard, and grass and his favorite tournament are Wimbledon. He is most famous with his one hand backhand.
Grigor became his professional career in 2007, playing on a home soil in Sofia. Dimitrov has always been devoted to the sport; he started playing at the early years of 3. In his first years, his was under the guidance of his father Dimitar Gospodinov, who was a tennis coach.
During the years Grigor Dimitorv was trained by names such as Mikael Tillström and Roger Rasheed his most long term coach, who led him to his highest position in world’s tennis rankings. His current coach is Danni Vallverdu – former coach of Andy Murray.
Early years and career of Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov was considered as the best junior tennis player in Europe in 2005 at the age of 14 when he won the European title. In the next two years two more titles followed- Orange Bowl U16 boys singles and Eddie Herr International 2007.
2008 is the most successful year in his junior career. He won the Wimbledon Tour overcoming Henri Kontinen playing with a shoulder injury. His good year continued at the US Open Tour, defeating the American Devin Britton. This victory opened his way to a professional career in men ATP tournaments.
Dimitrov’s first win in men’s event came on the futures tour in Barcelona. He started in the ATP rank list at 1461 position, but after he won the Futures Tour in Madrid, he rapidly climbed at 477 positions.
In 2009 Grigor Dimitrov served a big surprise defeating Tomas Berdych winning his first title at ATP level. The victory led him to match with world’s number 1 Raphael Nadal, where Grigor had a difficult game and lost. Dimitrov finished the year among the first 400 in ATP rankings. In the next three years, his sports achievements continued to lead him up in the rankings. In 2012 Dimitrov was the first and so far only Bulgarian tennis player, who reached ATP World Tour semifinals.
The next year brought victory to Grigor in Stockholm at ATP World Tour and made him the first Bulgarian player with this title. In the same year he lost in the 3rd round from Djokovic, but later at ATP Masters 1000, Madrid defeated him.
2014 is Grigor’s best year. He broke into the Top 10 with several wins along with Roger Federer. He reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon overcoming Murray. Grigor has lost some of his sports spirits during the second half of 2015, and after being number 8 in the ranking, he began to sink to lower positions, finishing as 28.
In the first months of 2016 Grigor participated in 9 tours, reaching two finals, but in the next five visits his game was weak, and he ranked as low as 40. In the second half of 2016 Dimitrov, with a new coach, overcame his crisis and hit good results at ATP 500, Masters 1000 and ATP 250, finishing 17th.
Grigor met 2017 with his fifth title in ATP 250 in Brisbane. At Australia, Open Tour Dimitrov ranked for the Grand Slam semifinals for the second time in his career. He played exhausting nearly 3 hours long game with Raphael Nadal and lost. Among his recent wins is ATP 250 title after four victory games in Sofia. Grigor reached a quarterfinal at Rotterdam this year winning two games.