Dimitrov is a guy in demand
But as he has stagnated over the past 18 months, their differences are becoming more apparent. Federer, seeded third, dispatched Dimitrov , , , , , on Friday in the third round of the Australian Open, improving his record against Dimitrov to After an ascendant in which he broke into the top 10, Dimitrov stalled last year. He is now 24 years 8 months old; by that age, Federer, who is now 34, had won seven Grand Slam titles. A direct comparison to Federer, who on Friday became the first male player to win Grand Slam singles matches, is a burden for any unproven player. Ranked 28th in the fall of , he hired the Australian coach Roger Rasheed, who had previously worked with Lleyton Hewitt.
Roger Federer doesn’t like Grigor Dimitrov having ‘Baby Fed’ nickname
As it is his haul of 17 majors is unprecedented in the men’s game. Another record for rogerfederer Sad to see NickKyrgios knocked out.
When Roger Federer won at the Australian Open he became the first man to achieve singles wins at grand slams. Maria Sharapova also.
Five years ago, a well-known tennis coach made a comparison that was to weigh heavily on the shoulders of his star pupil. Peter Lundgren, the Swede who guided Roger Federer to the top of the sport, described an year-old Grigor Dimitrov as better than the Swiss had been at that age. If the hyperbole was justified by Dimitrov’s victories at the junior US Open and Wimbledon in , not to mention his silky one-handed backhand, the tag of “Baby Federer” is one that he has found difficult to live up to.
Now 23, it took the Bulgarian four years to break into the world’s top 50 and another 12 months to reach the top Since the turn of the year, however, under new coach Roger Rasheed, Dimitrov’s progress has been remarkable. In June, on the lawns of Queen’s Club, he became the first player this year to claim titles on three different surfaces.
Then he overwhelmed the defending champion in a Wimbledon quarter-final to help the chance to banish the Federer label once and for all. I’ve proved over and over again that I’m a different person, a different player.
Grigor Dimitrov: Baby Federer to Bulgarian Beckham
By Joe Shute. I had no coach, nobody, and took the Tube every morning at 6am. It was an hour and a half to get to Barons Court. I had my Oyster card, and was just a guy with a racket bag, listening to my music.
Embed Tweet. #MariaSharapova Is Dating #BabyFederer He feels confident and there’s the baby coming too ^__^ #BabyFederer. 1 reply 0 retweets 1 like.
I guess we grow. I think that helps me. Dimitrov, who split with Russian star Sharapova in , will face Belgian 11th seed David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals in the lower half of the draw. Istomin, the bespectacled world number , showed the effects of a demanding tournament following his sensational second-round upset of six-time winner Novak Djokovic. His game deteriorated after losing a second-set tiebreaker and despite medical treatment, he had trouble getting around the court as Dimitrov charged to victory.
Dimitrov lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals in Melbourne three years ago and last year he fell to Federer in the third round.
Win Roland Garros? Of course, says Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov is known as Baby Federer because of the similarity in playing styles between the year-old Swiss and the year-old Bulgarian, who reached a career-high No 31 in the world rankings earlier this month. Although there has been as much interest in Dimitrov off the court recently after reports that he has been dating Maria Sharapova, it has usually been his classical game that has turned heads.
Murray, nevertheless, has not dropped a set in their two previous meetings, the most recent in the final in Brisbane two months ago. Dimitrov, who progressed after his opponent Simone Bolelli retired with an injury, and Bernard Tomic are considered to be two of the best young talents and Miami has given Murray a chance to assess their skills. The Scot coasted to a minute , win over Tomic on Saturday in hot, humid conditions as the Australian produced another performance marked by apparent indifference.
For all his talent, Tomic is regularly criticised for a poor attitude.
Sharapova broke up last year with Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic. Her relationship with Dimitrov, nicknamed `Baby Federer` for his.
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Grigor Dimitrov, a Federer-Like Player, Loses Again to the Real Thing
He’s dating Sharapova but there are a thousand other reasons why people should be interested in Bulgaria’s rising star. I like England,” says Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. These are strange words to hear at Wimbledon, but perhaps someone like Dimitrov can afford a bit of gloominess in their life. Because things are going rather well for the year-old. Dimitrov is through to the second round of Wimbledon, is ranked world number 31 and is dating the desirable Maria Sharapova.
Feb 27, – Maria Sharapova Dating With ‘Baby Federer’ Grigor Dimitrov.
She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist , having won a silver medal in women’s singles at the Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova achieved a rare level of longevity in tennis, with several tennis pundits and former players calling Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors. Sharapova became the world No. She also won three doubles titles. Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses , most notably Cole Haan.
Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov
The accepted wisdom is that the old need to fade away, to make way for the new. But, while we saw the resurgence of old war horses Roger Federer and Serena Williams, emerging players who seemed ready to make the leap into the biggest league were strangely subdued and below par this year. The 2 most striking examples of this were Grigor Dimitrov and Eugenie Bouchard.
Maria Sharapova is no longer single, reportedly dating a fellow tennis player who is referred to by fans as “Baby Federer.” How adorable.
At 23, he’s the youngest player ranked in the top 25 — here are four reasons tennis’s top tier might have finally found a worthy successor. He’s outgrown the baby label. He doesn’t like to hear it, but Dimitrov has a deadly but graceful playing style that looks a lot like At first it was funny. Then it was irritating.
Now I try to ignore it.
Grigor Dimitrov and the Maria Sharapova effect
Composed on court and dating Maria Sharapova off it, Grigor Dimitrov lived up to his billing by confidently predicting French Open victory on Tuesday. The year-old Bulgarian, dubbed ‘Baby Federer’ due to the high expectations of him, beat the rain to make the second round at Roland Garros with world number one Novak Djokovic a potential third round rival. But Dimitrov, who has yet to get beyond the last 64 of a major, is already looking beyond a possible clash with the top seeded Serb, who he defeated at the Rome Masters in the run-up to Paris.
When asked if he could win the tournament, his reply was simple: “Yeah”.
‘Baby Federer’ Grigor Dimitrov reaches French Open second round Maria Sharapova Is Dating A Year-Old Bulgarian Tennis Player; Reportedly Gave Him.
With various tennis tournaments either cancelled or postponed, sports fans will miss watching some of our favourite players, such as Andy Murray , Serena Williams , Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, take centre stage at Wimbledon this year. Although they are the familiar faces on the scene, it’s their other halves who can also take the limelight when they support them in the crowd.
Get to know more about the tennis husbands, wives and partners with our need-to-know guide Andy Murray’s wife Kim has supported him throughout his tennis career, including cheering on his return to Wimbledon in the mixed doubles with Serena Williams, just months after he announced that he may never play again due to a hip injury. The couple married in April and are parents to two young daughters, Sophie and Edie, and their baby son Teddy.
Exclusive: Andy Murray opens up about fatherhood and reveals future aspirations for his kids. Kim and Andy’s romance dates back to , when the couple met at a party in South Africa.
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Federer beat Dimitrov , in Basel last week for the first meeting between the two. After his win, Federer told reporters he hopes people will stop calling Dimitrov by that nickname. Actually I thought it was really cool at the beginning. Dimitrov, who is also dating Maria Sharapova, is currently ranked No. But keep in mind that the furthest the year-old has reached in a grand slam is the third round. Federer was 22 when he won his first major and took off from there.
Bulgarian year-old, dubbed ‘Baby Federer’ and dating Maria Sharapova, is convinced he can win, despite likely facing Djokovic. AFP.
He just beat the best player in the world, Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Masters. Fans have long yearned for a player to break the stranglehold the top players have on the game and while there have been glimpses of hope from players like Del Potro, Tsonga and Ferrer, none of them has mounted a serious challenge. Grigor Dimitrov may well be the man who takes that step and has taken major strides this year to achieving that goal.
This endorsement by Lundgren made the tennis world sit up and take notice, and instant results were expected from the teenager. The pressure and burden seemed to get to Dimitrov as his first few years on tour were disappointing, resulting in losses in Challenger tournaments and building frustration as he struggled to live up to the expectations bestowed upon him. However, as we have seen, is the year the Bulgarian has finally started to live up to his promise. This year has already seen Dimitrov claim scalps like Milos Raonic, Janko Tipsarevic and of course the biggest one of them all, Novak Djokovic.
A disappointing Australian Open campaign did not deter him as he went on to reach the semifinals in Rotterdam followed by an impressive run in Indian Wells.