Despite being dubbed “Baby Fed” due to his backhand’s resemblance to Roger Federer‘s as well as his playing style, Grigor Dimitrov does not want to upset the balance and even disputes being compared to the “Fab 4″—Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic.
“Every player is great in his or her own way, but those four players are from another league,” the 31-year-old said in an interview. It is true that Dimitrov has never achieved the levels of success attained by the aforementioned tennis greats.
In contrast to Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer, who instead strive to see who can win the most Grand Slams, Dimitrov, for instance, has never taken home the trophy. After having to withdraw early against Steve Johnson at Wimbledon due to a thigh injury, Dimitrov was pleased with his surprising first-round victory at the Citi Open.
Sebastian Korda will now face off against Dimitrov for a spot in the quarterfinals after the Bulgarian defeated France’s Mannarino in the round of 16: “My objective is to rise to the top again.” 2022 was not an awful year for sports, despite Dimitrov’s injury at Wimbledon.
At the Melbourne Open and the Monte Carlo Masters, he advanced to the semifinals by winning 19 of his 32 matches. The most significant prize and the final ATP championship the former No. 3 won were both achieved in 2017, when he won the Nitto ATP Finals.
After losing to Rafa Nadal in the semifinal of his maiden Grand Slam tournament, he went on to win his lone Master 1000 event in Cincinnati in 2017. When asked about his career possibilities, the number 19 responded eloquently, “I will aim to return to the TOP 10 so that I can continue playing with the top athletes in this sport.” In September, Federer will return to the tennis courts to compete in the Laver Cup.
Commentary from Greg Rusedski on Djokovic
Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski discussed Novak Djokovic in his most recent interview with Tennis Channel: “So Djokovic wants to go down as the greatest male tennis player in the history of the sport,” Rusedski said.
“Maybe even top Margaret Court’s 24 Majors record.” Earlier, John McEnroe remarked of Djokovic, “Golfer Tiger Woods is the first person that springs to mind with Novak. He appeared to utterly lose control after having problems with his wife, and he has never even come close to the same player since.