I never wanted to be compared to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, says Grigor Dimitrov.

After suffering a disappointing end to his Wimbledon season, Grigor Dimitrov says it felt fantastic to win his first match back. In the opening round of Wimbledon, Dimitrov was forced to quit due to a thigh injury while playing Steve Johnson.

In his Washington debut on Wednesday, Dimitrov defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-1 3-6 7-5 to mark his comeback after a month on the sidelines. According to the ATP website, Dimitrov remarked after the victory, “I haven’t competed in quite some time, so it’s incredibly good to come out and win a match.”

Dimitrov never made an effort to contrast himself with the Big Four.

At the beginning of his career, Dimitrov was likened to Roger Federer because of his outstanding junior career. Dimitrov felt a great deal of pressure from being compared to Federer, and the Bulgarian wanted the Swiss comparisons to end.

The fact that every tennis player is such a unique individual, in my opinion, is what makes our sport and our game beautiful. “I always said that I didn’t want to be compared to any of the top guys.

Like these guys—Roger, Rafa, Novak, I mean, Andy—I believe they are all in a class by themselves. Although Dimitrov hasn’t achieved his dream of winning a Grand Slam, he has been ranked among the top three and has won the Masters and ATP Finals.

Dimitrov, who is currently ranked 19th in the world, believes he can once again dominate the sport. “I would say that I view success from a totally different perspective. I’ve achieved outstanding results, won those major tournaments, and defeated many top competitors.

But I still have hope that I can reclaim the top spot. That, I think, is my main objective right now. I’ve had the ability to rank in the top 20 for a while. I spent a long time in the top 10. I was number three in the world, Dimitrov said.