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04
Jan
12

Bulgaria defeats Denmark in the Hopman Cup to put Group A up for grabs.

Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova and Grigor Dimitrov has ensured that Group A at Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIV remains wide open after beating Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Frederik Nielsen 2-1 at Session 7 at Perth’s Burswood Dome today. Denmark got off to a good start when world No. 1 Wozniacki won her women’s singles match over Pironkova 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 but then exciting Bulgarian youngster Dimitrov beat Nielsen 7-6, 6-2 to force a deciding mixed doubles. That ended up going to the Match Tie-break as well after Denmark won the first set 6-3 and Bulgaria the second 6-4. Pironkova and Dimitrov dominated the Match Tie-break, though, 10 points to one to win the first Tie at the Hopman Cup for their nation in their debut appearance. The result in favour of Bulgaria also makes sure that Group A remains wide open in the race for Saturday’s Final. Denmark and Bulgaria have now won a Tie each as have the top-seeded Czech Republic but the fourth-seeds USA are yet to notch a victory. However, the American team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mardy Fish will face the Czech pairing of Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych tonight in Session 8 of Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIV. A Czech Republic win would mean they are in prime position to make the Final heading into Friday’s Tie with Denmark, but if the USA are victorious then Friday’s double-header will see all four teams from Group A still capable of earning a spot in the Final.

The Tie began with Wozniacki having to fight hard for the second straight time in her women’s singles clash, but the world No. 1 came out victorious to open Session 7 with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Pironkova. The match lasted 2hrs 32mins to be the longest women’s singles clash this week so far. After the 21-year-old Dane made a whirlwind flight from Thailand to Perth on Monday to take on the USA’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands and end up winning 7-6, 6-2, she was again challenged strongly by her Bulgarian opponent. Pironkova might be ranked No. 46 in the world, but has beaten the likes of Venus Williams and Vera Zvonareva twice in her career already, and came out strongly against Wozniacki. The 24-year-old broke Wozniacki’s serve in the third game of the first set and then went up 4-2, but the world No. 1 quickly hit back to level things at 4-4, 5-5 and then broke Pironkova’s serve to take out the opening set 7-5 in 69 minutes. It was again Pironkova who started strongly in the second set as she raced to a 3-1 and then 4-2 advantage. This time she was able to maintain it to take out the set 6-4 to send the contest into a deciding third set. The third set was all the world No. 1, though, as she won it 6-2 to give Denmark a winning start to the Tie fresh off their win over the USA on Monday night as well. Dimitrov then won his men’s singles clash over Nielsen 7-6, 6-2. Nielsen, though, was coming off an outstanding three-set performance against American Mardy Fish on Monday night and Dimitrov also took it up to Czech Tomas Berdych on Monday. That set up a tight tussle between the Bulgarian and Dane. The first set was an especially hotly-contested battle. There was no break of serve despite both players, but especially Dimitrov, having plenty of break points. It went to the tie-break and Dimitrov was able to open up an early 6-2 advantage. Nielsen did hit back to be within 5-6, but the Bulgarian was able to hold serve for the last point to secure the set seven points to five. The Bulgarian then eventually capitalised on a break point opportunity in the first game of the second set to take Nielsen’s serve and from there the 20-year-old cruised through to take it out 6-2.

Then in the mixed doubles, it was the Denmark pair who made the bright start taking out the first set 6-3. However, Pironkova and Dimitrov hit back in the second winning it 6-4 any cruised to the Match Tie-break victory to heat things up in Group A of Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIV.

 

04
Apr
11

Grigor Dimitrov, who is the only teenager in the Top 100, makes his debut against the oldest player in the field, 34-year-old Rainer Schuettler.

This year’s US Men’s Clay Court Championships at the River Oaks Country Club features a solid field led by top seed and World No. 11 Mardy Fish, who is the top American on the ATP World Tour, No. 2 seed and last year’s finalist Sam Querrey, No. 3 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, No. 4 John Isner, No. 5 Benjamin Becker of Germany, No. 6 Kei Nishikori of Japan, No. 7 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, and No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. This is the only ATP World Tour 250 clay court tournament in the United States. On Monday’s schedule, there are four qualifying, three singles main draw and two doubles matches. The first singles match on Stadium features South Americans Ricardo Mello of Brazil and Cuevas. Mello won the previous ATP World Tour meeting last year. In the second match,Grigor Dimitrov, who is the only teenager in the Top 100, plays the oldest player in the field, 34-year-old Rainer Schuettler of Germany.

20
Nov
10

Roger Federer is concerned by the lack of young talent rising to the top of the men’s game.

The field for the end-of-season Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, starting at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday, contains only one debutant – 25-year-old Tomas Berdych. At 23, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the youngest players but neither can be called a newcomer, with Murray making his third consecutive appearance and Djokovic his fourth. The pair were both inside the world’s top 100 at the age of 18 and were swiftly followed by Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic, both of whom have since made it to the top 10. But over the last couple of years the talent stream has dried up and a glance at the top 100 reveals not one teenager – 19-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at 114 is the highest placed.

Federer was another player to make the top 100 before his 20th birthday, and he feels the difficulties young players are experiencing reflects the strength in depth and changing nature of the game. The Swiss said: “There’s not a whole lot of promising newcomers. I was asking myself the question, why don’t we have any teenagers in the top 100? I’m not even sure we have many players under 21 or 22 in the top 100. “It’s quite surprising to me because when I was coming up with Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Haas, they were all excellent players and in the top 100 as teenagers. “It was a normal thing. Boris Becker won Wimbledon and Michael Chang won the French Open. On the women’s side it was even more extreme. But now they have a similar trend it seems. “Maybe the game has become more physical and more mental and that’s why players today need a bit more time to break through, which can be seen as a good thing but also a bad thing.”

17
Nov
10

The best of 2010?

Columnist Mark Staniforth dishes out the gongs to those who have impressed most over the course of a topsy-turvy 2010:

MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RAFAEL NADAL

Nadal’s hat-trick of grand slam titles left him head and shoulders above the rest – and when the rest includes Roger Federer, that is quite an awesome achievement. Nadal dominated the European clay-court season heading into Roland Garros where he seized revenge over Robin Soderling in dramatic fashion. Wimbledon was a breeze, and by the time he triumphed at Flushing Meadows, Nadal seemed nigh on invincible.

WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: VERA ZVONAREVA

Caroline Wozniacki may have ended the year at number one but her failure to reach a grand slam final spoke volumes for her inability to wrest control of a women’s game minus the injury-stricken Serena Williams. By contrast, Russian Vera Zvonareva reached two. She may have lost both times, but the immensely likeable 26-year-old showed plenty of fighting qualities the women’s game generally still sadly lacks.

BEST MEN’S MATCH

Another no-brainer: tennis will never see another match quite like John Isner’s Wimbledon clash with Nicolas Mahut, which lasted 11 hours and five minutes spread over three days, and consisted of 183 games, after the last of which Isner earned victory 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68. Straight after the match, both players were presented with crystal bowls to commemorate their achievements.

BEST WOMEN’S MATCH

The returning Justine Henin was involved in some mini-epics at the start of the year but for sheer drama it was hard to beat Sam Stosur’s French Open quarter-final win over world number one Serena Williams. Stosur recovered from match point down at 5-4 in the deciding set and kept her nerve to serve out for an 8-6. Stosur went on to the final, where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.

BEST MEN’S PROSPECT: GRIGOR DIMITROV

In many respects it was the year that wasn’t, as none of the likes of Marin Cilic, Ernests Gulbis, John Isner or even Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych quite managed to muscle into top-level contention. Lower down the scale, former junior star Grigor Dimitrov continued to make promising progress, winning three successive summer Challengers and finishing the year ranked 114.

BEST WOMEN’S PROSPECT: PETRA KVITOVA

Petra Kvitova’s swashbuckling run to the Wimbledon semi-finals – beating the likes of Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki before pushing Serena Williams in a memorable first set – marked her out as a star of the future. Her post-Wimbledon form was not up to much, but third-round runs at Flushing Meadows and in Beijing suggest the 20-year-old has the stomach to shine on the big occasions.

27
Sep
10

Dimitrov is looking a lot like the next #1 player after Rafa retires.

Upcoming Bulgarian player, Grigor Dimitrov, is a career-high No. 136 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings this week after winning three successive titles on the ATP Challenger Tour. The 19 year old’s run began in August in Geneva, where he defeated last week’s Bucharest finalist Pablo Andujar, and in the past two weeks he has claimed back-to-back titles in Bangkok.

As a junior he began the 2008 Grand Slam season with a quarterfinal showing at Roland Garros, losing to Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz in three sets. However he went on to win Wimbledon after defeating Henri Kontinen of Finland, 7-5 6-3 in the final. He won the title without dropping a set despite playing with a shoulder injury throughout the tournament. The victory saw him join former junior champions Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg and guaranteed him a wildcard entry into the 2009 Wimbledon men’s draw. His success continued at the US Open, which he won on September 7, defeating American qualifier Devin Britton 6-3 6-4. On his way to the title he also defeated top seed Tsung-hua Yang of Taiwan in the semifinals. After the tournament Dimitrov announced that he was ending his junior career and focusing on improving his ATP ranking. On September 8 he became junior world number one overtaking Tsung-hua Yang.

08
Jun
10

These two are among the teenagers who are the future of Men’s tennis.

While the spotlight was directed on the big names at the Aegon Championsip at Queens, two first day winners quietly slipped under the radar with significant wins. Grigor Dimitrov’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win didn’t go quite unoticed because he was playing a Brit in the form of Alex Bogdanovic, but had it not been for that he would have moved on without any fanfare.

The second player to win today was the other youngster from Australia Bernard Tomic. He had a more spectacular win over a high ranked player from Italy Andreas Seppi 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Both Dimitrov and Tomic are teenagers, 19 and 17 respectively, both have impressive junior records and both are destined to become among the next batch of world beaters after Roger and Rafa have retired.

Tomic has grabbed the headlines several times because of his Father/Coach, and because as an Australian, where Tennis used to be the National sport, his every move is reported by the news- hungry press.

Dimitrov, who won both Wimbledon and the US Open as a junior, is coached by Peter Lundgren at the Mouratoglou Academy.

Both are ranked outside of the top 200, and both have no aspirations or expectations of winning this year at Queens, but they might pull off a couple of upsets before they are eliminated.

08
Dec
09

Watch for Dimitrov to move up the rankings in 2010.

The Bulgarian Tennis Federation expectedly chose Grigor Dimitrov as No 1 Bulgarian tennis player of 2009. In a special press-conference the federation presented the winners. Tsvetana Pironkova is the best female tennis player of the year. Awards were given also the bestprogressingyoung tennis players of theyear – Dimitar Kuzmanov who reached No 1 of the European ranking of boys under 16 and Viktoriya Tomova who is the European champion – girls under 14.

Grigor Dimitrov announced in interviews for several Bulgarian newspapers and sports sites that he is still to participate in a challenger tournament until the end of the year and then will start the year in the qualifications of Australian Open.

Dimitrov was at first coached at Tennis Club Haskovo by his father, Dimitar. Thanks to his guidance the young tennis player won the Orange Bowl U16 boys singles in 2006. In 2007 Grigor Dimitrov and Vasek Pospisil have reached the double finals at US Open, but unfortunately were defeated by Jonathan Eysseric and Jérôme Inzerillo. At Wimbledon 2008 Dimitrov made his way to the final and won the tournament by defeating Henri Kontinen of Finland, 7/5, 6/3. But Wimbledon title was not enough for Grigor. His success at the Grand Slam tournaments continued when he won US Open, defeating Devin Britton 6/3, 6/4. This tournament was the end of Dimitrov’s junior career, as he announced. He also said, that he will be now focusing on improving his ATP ranking. Dimitrov was granted a wildcard to the main draw of the 2009 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam at the begining of the year. He faced Rafael Nadal and pushed the World #1 tennis player to the edge before losing 7-5 3-6 6-2. He was also granted a wildcard to the main draw of the ATP World Tour 250 event Open 13 in Marseille, but he lost in the first round to Gilles Simon of France, 4-6 6-3 7-5.

14
Jul
09

Monaco thru but Dimitrov is out.

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World No. 61 Juan Monaco swiftly put behind him the disappointment of losing two Davis Cup rubbers at the weekend by booking his place in the second round of the Catella Swedish Open. The Argentine ousted his eighth-seeded countryman Maximo Gonzalez 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Bastad.

The 25-year-old Monaco twice trailed by a break of serve in the first set before clinching it on a tie-break and rallied from dropping the second set to break serve three times in the deciding set to seal victory after two hours and 18 minutes. The Tandil native is making his fourth appearance in Bastad and reached the quarter-finals on his debut in 2004 (l. to F. Gonzalez).

Argentine qualifier Guillermo Canas dismissed the challenge of Bulgarian wild card Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6(2) to set up a second-round meeting with Swede Andreas Vinciguerra. Former World No. 8 Canas, currently at No. 151 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, is making his fourth appearance in Bastad and was a quarter-finalist in 2002 (l. to Calleri).

19
Jun
09

….the one to watch at Wimbledon..

dimitrov-001Dimitrov the Bulgarian teenager is being talked of as the next great talent to hit ­tennis. He was the Wimbledon and US Open junior ­champion last year and next week he will play in the Wimbledon main draw for the first time.

Dimitrov’s talent is abundant and obvious. The serve is loose and free flowing; the backhand a glorious shot that is reminiscent of Federer, though ­Lundgren believes that the 18-year-old is better than the Swiss was at the same age. It might seem a huge burden of expectation to carry but for the moment Dimitrov appears like any other teenager, at least off court. He plays pool and table tennis with Lundgren and gets his knuckles rapped when he leaves his wallet in the locker room. The Swede, who worked for a short time with Britain’s Davis Cup squad, is part mentor, part friend, part surrogate father.

“Grigor has got all the strokes,” he said. “He has the serve, the slice, topspin, everything. He just needs to get stronger, that’s all. Above all he has the fire, the will to win.”

17
Jun
09

The Wimbledon longshots….

dimitrov 2JO-WILFRIED TSONGA:

Hardly an unknown quantity, but the 2008 Australian Open finalist has been forced to keep a lid on his ambitions due to a series of injuries. Fully fit, he would prove a match for almost anyone on grass, and he has the pedigree: he reached the fourth round as a wild card in 2007.

IVO KARLOVIC:

Again, the gangly Croatian is hardly coming from nowhere, having produced one of the biggest upsets in history when he beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round in 2003. When his crashing serve and volley tennis is in full flow, he can beat almost anyone.

GRIGOR DIMITROV:

The reigning boys singles champion could be a star in the making. He won the title last year without dropping a set and despite carrying a shoulder injury. In his first full professional year, he has beaten Czech Tomas Berdych and taken a set off Rafael Nadal in Rotterdam. One to watch.

JOHN ISNER:

Tall, hard-hitting US college star Isner caused a sensation when he reached the final of the Legg Mason Classic in 2007. He has established himself inside the top 100 and heads to his favourite surface in fine form, having proven his adaptability by reaching the last eight of the US clay court championships.

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA:

Radwanska won the 2005 girls’ singles title at Wimbledon and her clever play has seen her continue to excel on the surface without achieving the major breakthrough many feel she is capable of. Winner at Eastbourne last year, a favourable draw could give Radwanska a chance.

AGNES SZAVAY:

Few in the sport were surprised when the fast-rising Hungarian beat Venus Williams at Roland Garros this year. Although most of her success has come on clay, the talented Szavay reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and looks more than capable of a repeat performance.

JELENA DOKIC:

Remember the then unknown Dokic’s stunning first round win over Martina Hingis in 1999? Dokic also reached the Wimbledon semi-finals before experiencing career meltdown. Now back and, back injuries permitting, capable of causing a few upsets heading towards the second week.

ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA:

Pavlyuchenkova was the youngest player in the women’s singles draw last year when she reached the third round. Still only 17, she has added Jelena Jankovic and Agnieszka Radwanska to her ever-growing list of scalps this year. Another for the big names to watch out for.




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