Grigor Dimitrov – Bulgaria’s Murray
For the third consequent year Grigor Dimitrov, professional tennis player from Bulgaria, is described as a future star in men’s tour. He is ranked 11 now and so far hasn’t lived up to the expectations of his fans and Maria Sharapova J We think it’s time he showed something more amazing. And there are a lot of encouraging signs that the next season will be very successful for Dimitrov (Dim for short). Of course, we can hardly expect that he’ll perform on the same level with Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. But what we know for sure is that his major moments are about to come soon.
Grigor Dimitrov – mental issues
And do you know why he’ll likely fall behind the Serb? Firstly, he displayed it much better throughout the season than the final outcomes turned out to be. Some of you may disagree with us, but this is our point. A couple of more successful matches could have made the season 2014 career best for Dimitrov. Remember the Wimbledon semifinals? Djokovic and Dimitrov showed equal tennis but the Serb managed to make the best of his experience to defeat the Bulgarian and seal a place in Wimbledon 2014 final. Dimitrov slipped too many set points! It’s also worth to recall his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2014 Australian Open where he lost to top seed Rafael Nadal. The story looked the same. Both of those matches proved one simple truth: the Bulgarian has showed a habit of displaying high level tennis that ought to serve him well; but he can hardly slay the most dangerous players on tour, which is bad, of course. But it will come with time. So there appears to be very little that can possibly keep Grigor Dimitrov from completing his process of maturation. And we expect big wins from the Bulgarian.
Grigor Dimitrov – athletic issues
Probably the most impressive thing in Dimitrov’s tennis is not a single weakness in it. Maybe his returns have some room for improvement, they could be more offensive, but there’s no big deal at all. Take a glance at Wawrinka who feels very comfortable with his slice serves return. The Bulgarian’s physical troubles when he could hardly close up any 5-set match, especially a grand slam one, have fallen into oblivion. His fitness and his stamina have drastically improved which certainly contributed to his further progress in rankings. Of course, there is no time to rest. Dimitrov applies very energetic tennis which requires great fitness form. Don’t forget that Dimitrov gets older, and now when he has turned 23 he will be more endurable on court. In our opinion, Dimitrov will spend the season 2015 in the player’s best ages. So we suppose that his physical form will only get better and better and will improve the Bulgarian’s level of competitiveness.
Grigor Dimitrov - breakthrough
In the first abstract we drew a parallel between Grigor Dimitrov and Andy Murray. Now let us explain it. We think that their tennis ways look much alike. For a long time the two players have been very promising tennis stars of tomorrow, the two showed very competitive tennis, the two have tried a lot to conquer the tennis peak and only lost it to Nadal, Djokovic or Federer. But then their ways parted. The Scot found ways to overcome his loser syndrome and won two Grand Slam events: Wimbledon and US Open. Previously, Andy Murray, like Dimitrov, showed constant progress but failed almost all close and deciding matches, while his tennis wasn’t any worse than that of his competitors. But then Andy rewarded his fans for their patience: he became more confident and his hands stopped shaking in the most important rallies. Consequently, he won his first Grand Slams. Of course, he has no killer instincts which are typical of Nadal, Djokvoic and Federer, but we can’t call him a cry baby, either. Murray proved it than one can get on top despite sensitive character. Dimitrov is mentally tough and would fight to the end. But oftentimes he eased it down in key moments. We relate it to his poor experience of performing in the most important matches. Now he has gained the experience he needed. So we believe that now on the Bulgarian will look more confident when the match tiebreak against Djokovic is played. He must finish this stage of his career. Murray and Cilic have done it. And Dimitrov will!
What is more, it feels like Dimitrov is about to make a great breakthrough. He has no weaknesses and should he improve some of the basic elements, he would definitely become a big threat to all his opponents. It’s time to translate all efforts applied into quality. Remember Djokovic in 2011? The Serb displayed very decent tennis and than…wow! He stepped up all his playing components and became invincible. It’s difficult to say whether the Bulgarian could achieve the level of the Serb, but as soon as he works on such basic elements as forehand, backhand, serve and returns, his class will get higher!
And finally. The next season will be a turning point in men’s tour. For a decade, four players dominated on tennis courts. And now a fresh generation of ambitious challengers will fight into the top of the rankings. Federer would hardly be capable to perform on the level of 2014. Nadal might miss some portions of the season due to his health issues. Of course, at times the Spaniard will show his best but the latest tendencies look very suspicious. Djokovic may still be on top, but he looks very nervous when he is not in his best. So one can find the tools to outplay the Serb. Murray will be Murray. He likes to think of something unpredictable and to make some doubtful decisions on courts. As about the rest, Dimitrov knows how to defeat Wawrinka, Cilic, Ferrer, Raonic, Nishikori and Berdych. The most crucial point will be the current physical form of the abovementioned guys, as in many aspects they look equal. To be blunt, Dimitrov will have lots of opportunities and his main goal is not to miss them.
Thus, the main competitors of the Dimitrov will be Raonic and Nishikori. The both are also considered the relative upstarts in tennis. But here despite the fact theat both the Canadian and the Japanese prodigies have outplayed Grigor Dimitrov in 2014, the latter has one slight advantage. The case is that Raonic has, to our mind, showed everything he was capable of. Unless being changed, his playing style won’t allow much space for improvement. He makes 65-70 percent of his first serves and it can hardly be any better. His sizes will also prevent him from improving his baseline performance. So to put it simply, Milos will hardly be able to change his tennis somehow. But all he can show is not enough to take at least one grand slam. And as for Nishikori, the Japanese is too fragile and prone to various kinds of injuries: he used to have troubles with his back, hand, shoulder and knee. His medical insurance records must be looking awful! And this fact can negatively influence his future results. While Dimitrov, not to speak too soon, looks fit and sound. And unlike Raonic his playing tactics might lead him to big results.
Broadly speaking, Dimitrov will start new season with very promising cards on hands. The question is how he will use them? We bet than he’ll certainly be a Top8 player and maybe push into the elite company of Grand Slam champions.
And now watch the super rallies with the Bulgarian starring!
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