Having been in the professional game for close to a decade now, Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has played an impressive role in the senior game for some time. Aged just 25, too, Dimitrov has been around the pro circuit for a lot longer than many people might have realized. Having pulled in over $1.5m in earnings, too, he’s enjoyed a very successful career so far – including a 2017 win in Sofia, back home in Bulgaria. However, he’s also picked up other important titles across his career that shows he’s more than just a competitor; Dimitrov is a fully paid-up member of the ‘Winners’ Club’ with his determination to succeed almost unrivalled for players of his age.
Known for having a flowing backhand and an all-action style, Dimitrov has gained the affections of many for his consistency on the court. At one stage, he was seen as the next in line to the Throne of Federer, when he became #3 in the ITF Junior rankings in 2008. By 2011, he’d already reached the quarter finals of tournaments held on clay, grass and hard court, showing he wasn’t a player who could only perform when the stage was set for him.
He was at one stage rated as the third youngest in the Top 100, only trailing the likes of Bernard Tomic and Ryan Harrison. However, ever since, he’s been moving closer and closer to winning major titles. He reached his first ever final in 201, when he lost to Andy Murray in Brisbane. However, he followed this up with an impressive win over David Ferrer to win the Stockholm title in 2013, turning the year into an unqualified success for the big Bulgarian.
Then, he beat Lukas Rosol in Bucharest to lift another title, his third in quick succession, with this success arriving in the spring of 2014. He also won the Queen’s Club tournament in June of the same year, defeating Feliciano Lopez to win it. He also defeated Andy Murray at that year’s Wimbledon tournament, too, reaching the semi-finals and making sure that he made himself a presence within the Top 10 of the sport.
Now moving on into a new level of consistency, Dimitrov has his sights firmly set on making sure that he’s the next in line when the axis of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray begin to tail off and the hands of time catch them. Until then, though, he’s one of the most impressive outsiders at the top end of the ATP game.