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Dimitrov Is Pinning His Future On Grass
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Grigor Dimitrov’s esteemed girlfriend Maria Sharapova is a member of the All England Club by virtue of her singles title win on Wimbledon’s hallowed lawns ten years ago and the 13th ranked Bulgarian maintains his ambition is to join her.

The 23 year-old is a former Wimbledon junior champion but he has set his sights on the big prize and maintains grass gives him his best chance of success.  Dimitrov got his grass court campaign under way at London Queen’s Club with a 7-5,6-3 win over Britain’s James Ward at the Aegon Championships.

Dimitrov’s form in previous years suggests the men’s singles titles is way beyond his expectation with disappointing second round finishes sending him packing in the last three years. But he insisted: “I'd say my goal is to become a member at Wimbledon the easiest way possible.  That is to win seven matches. I do believe that's possible.”

His form at Queen’s Club is far better with the highpoint being a semi-final in 2012, and under Australian coach Roger Rasheed he reckons he is far better equipped to deal with the vagaries of grass.

“I have been here quite a few days already and been playing a good practice season on the grass, been working a lot in the gym,” Dimitrov continued. “I think at the moment it is really a good time for me to just compete. 

“The grass; I think that's a really good test.  From my point of view, it's a good one for me mentally and physically to see where we are at the moment and what we have to work on.”

The Wimbledon traditions, from the all-white clothing rule to the sacrosanct day off from competition on the Middle Sunday of the event are something that appeal to Dimitrov and he said: “It's just history and who doesn't want to be a part of history?

“I just think that it's something very special. It's really appreciated in a very specific way and in my eyes, it’s very valuable.”

While Dimitrov watched Sharapova win her fifth Grand Slam title on television in London on Saturday, he has clearly not gotten over his own Roland Garros disappointment after being beaten in straight sets by Ivo Karlovic in the first round.

“Unfortunately, this year was one of my darkest out there,” he said. “Of course I'm not happy about that and I'm still dwelling on it.  But in the same time, I have it as a positive thing.”



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