‘I believe that’ – Grigor Dimitrov still adamant he can win a Grand Slam
Former world number three Grigor Dimitrov has said that he believes he can still win an elusive first Grand Slam after several near-misses during his career.
At tour-level, the Bulgarian has won eight titles and reached the semi-finals in three of the four Majors and remains confident he can complete the feat.
Among the best runs at Grand Slams for the former Wimbledon boys champion, includes a Wimbledon semi-final appearance in 2014, beating the then defending champion and home crowd favourite Andy Murray en route.
Another semi-final berth was secured at the Australian Open three years later, before overcoming Federer to reach the US Open semis in 2019.
However at tour-level, his last final appearance came back in 2018 at the Rotterdam Open.
Speaking in a recent interview, Dimitrov reiterated his belief that he can win a Grand Slam despite having to face such challenging matches early on in tournaments.
When asked about his Grand Slam chances Dimitrov said, “Yeah, of course I still believe that. I’ve had it on quite a few occasions. The past slams I’ve had good results. Now, unfortunately, I just have to play very, very good players early on second, third round.
“But I believe that there’s a lot more to come on my end. I think I can push through it and who knows when, what and where? But the only thing that I need to focus on is how I’m going to go on and about.”
Dimitrov continued, stating how easily things can change on tour, with consistency being the key to a successful career.
“I think, of course, because you’ve put so much effort into (something), you want to see the result, but it still shows that I put myself in those positions. You just never know which week hopefully will turn things around for you.
“And we know how volatile everything can be and how easily everything can change from one week to the other, from one point to the other. Obviously it’s kind of frustrating since, you know what you can do and you know you’ve done it, and it’s just a few small things here and there that are, that are not going through.
“But that’s also part of the game. I’ve been on tour for 13 years, so that also shows quite a bit of consistency. It’s definitely not an easy sport and sometimes it takes a bit of a different route.”
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