Grigor Dimitrov, a Federer-Like Player, Loses Again to the Real Thing

Federer beat Dimitrov , in Basel last week for the first meeting between the two. After his win, Federer told reporters he hopes people will stop calling Dimitrov by that nickname. Actually I thought it was really cool at the beginning. Dimitrov, who is also dating Maria Sharapova, is currently ranked No. But keep in mind that the furthest the year-old has reached in a grand slam is the third round. Federer was 22 when he won his first major and took off from there. Maybe Dimitrov will find similar form.

Is Dimitrov the next big thing in men’s tennis?

The year-old Bulgarian is fast rising up the ranks of the tennis hierarchy. Nicknamed “Baby Federer” for a playing style that emulates Roger Federer, Dimitrov has a top ranking, which is sure to rise after he made the finals at the Brisbane International. And just as important for Dimitrov’s name recognition, at least , he is now dating Maria Sharapova. Speculation has been building since the couple was photographed together last month in Milan, and this weekend ESPN’s Darren Rovell confirmed the relationship on Twitter.

Maria Sharapova is off the market again. Got confirmation she’s dating Bulgarian tennis player, year-old Grigor Dimitrov.

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Although she Sharapova’s case prompted Federer to urge the tennis federation to conduct more anti-doping tests. Between and , Sharapova dated Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, and, since , Sharapova has been in a.

I guess we grow. I think that helps me. Dimitrov, who split with Russian star Sharapova in , will face Belgian 11th seed David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals in the lower half of the draw. Istomin, the bespectacled world number , showed the effects of a demanding tournament following his sensational second-round upset of six-time winner Novak Djokovic. His game deteriorated after losing a second-set tiebreaker and despite medical treatment, he had trouble getting around the court as Dimitrov charged to victory.

Dimitrov lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals in Melbourne three years ago and last year he fell to Federer in the third round. Dimitrov also reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in where he lost to Novak Djokovic, after defeating defending champion Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. Istomin, who qualified via the Asia wildcard play-off, beat Ivan Dodig and Pablo Carreno Busta, as well as Djokovic, to reach the fourth round, equalling his best Grand Slam result.

Just looking forward to the next one. Agence France Presse.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, who is reportedly in a relationship with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov, has insisted that it’s ‘manageable’ to date a fellow top athlete. According to News Limited, she said that despite having a very hectic lifestyle and travelling schedule, its very manageable, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Sharapova broke up last year with Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic. Her relationship with Dimitrov, nicknamed “Baby Federer” for his playing style, has been the talk of the tennis circuit in recent weeks. Tennis only lasts as long as your body allows, and there is another step in life — relationships. It”s a matter of how you think and manage it,” she added.

Tennis’ top tier may have found a worthy addition in “Baby Federer. (Prior to Sharapova, Dimitrov dated a player by the name of Serena.).

She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist , having won a silver medal in women’s singles at the Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova achieved a rare level of longevity in tennis, with several tennis pundits and former players calling Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors. Sharapova became the world No.

She also won three doubles titles. Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses , most notably Cole Haan. In March , Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open.

Grigor Dimitrov

Composed on court and dating Maria Sharapova off it, Grigor Dimitrov lived up to his billing by confidently predicting French Open victory on Tuesday. The year-old Bulgarian, dubbed ‘Baby Federer’ due to the high expectations of him, beat the rain to make the second round at Roland Garros with world number one Novak Djokovic a potential third round rival.

But Dimitrov, who has yet to get beyond the last 64 of a major, is already looking beyond a possible clash with the top seeded Serb, who he defeated at the Rome Masters in the run-up to Paris. When asked if he could win the tournament, his reply was simple: “Yeah”. Playing matches and playing good players gives you confidence. Then I think once that talk kind of seals in your head and you have that set of mind, that I can win and coming on court every day and trying to do something better.

He’s dating Sharapova but there are a thousand other reasons why his liking though is the ‘Baby Federer’ tag which has been cast upon him.

He just beat the best player in the world, Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Masters. Fans have long yearned for a player to break the stranglehold the top players have on the game and while there have been glimpses of hope from players like Del Potro, Tsonga and Ferrer, none of them has mounted a serious challenge. Grigor Dimitrov may well be the man who takes that step and has taken major strides this year to achieving that goal.

This endorsement by Lundgren made the tennis world sit up and take notice, and instant results were expected from the teenager. The pressure and burden seemed to get to Dimitrov as his first few years on tour were disappointing, resulting in losses in Challenger tournaments and building frustration as he struggled to live up to the expectations bestowed upon him. However, as we have seen, is the year the Bulgarian has finally started to live up to his promise.

This year has already seen Dimitrov claim scalps like Milos Raonic, Janko Tipsarevic and of course the biggest one of them all, Novak Djokovic.

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By Alix Ramsay. They are the golden couple of tennis and together they have waltzed hand in hand into the second week of the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov are both sitting pretty in the fourth round at Melbourne Park but while Sharapova expects to be a fixture at the sharp end of major events, her boyfriend is now entering uncharted waters.

His , , , win over Milos Raonic put him into the round of 16 for the first time in his career and earned him the praise of Roger Federer, his new manager.

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Five years ago, a well-known tennis coach made a comparison that was to weigh heavily on the shoulders of his star pupil. Peter Lundgren, the Swede who guided Roger Federer to the top of the sport, described an year-old Grigor Dimitrov as better than the Swiss had been at that age. If the hyperbole was justified by Dimitrov’s victories at the junior US Open and Wimbledon in , not to mention his silky one-handed backhand, the tag of “Baby Federer” is one that he has found difficult to live up to.

Now 23, it took the Bulgarian four years to break into the world’s top 50 and another 12 months to reach the top Since the turn of the year, however, under new coach Roger Rasheed, Dimitrov’s progress has been remarkable. In June, on the lawns of Queen’s Club, he became the first player this year to claim titles on three different surfaces. Then he overwhelmed the defending champion in a Wimbledon quarter-final to help the chance to banish the Federer label once and for all.

I’ve proved over and over again that I’m a different person, a different player. Before he had made a real impact on the tennis court, Dimitrov was already making headlines off it. He was rumoured to be dating women’s world number one Serena Williams before going public with his relationship with the American’s fierce rival Maria Sharapova.

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Grigor Dimitrov is known as Baby Federer because of the similarity in playing styles between the year-old Swiss and the year-old Bulgarian, who reached a career-high No 31 in the world rankings earlier this month. Although there has been as much interest in Dimitrov off the court recently after reports that he has been dating Maria Sharapova, it has usually been his classical game that has turned heads. Murray, nevertheless, has not dropped a set in their two previous meetings, the most recent in the final in Brisbane two months ago.

Sharapova and ‘Baby Fed’ boyfriend Dimitrov sit pretty in Australian Open first time in his career and earned him the praise of Roger Federer.

That’s according to tennis pundit Annabel Croft, who says the two women’s heavyweights ‘simply just don’t get on’ ahead of their French Open fourth-round clash today. Sharapova beat Williams to win the Wimbledon title as a year-old and claimed in a book she heard Serena sobbing in the locker room afterwrds. That irked Williams, who has dismissed it as ‘just hearsay’, but Croft has lifted the lid on a deeper intesity to their rivalry with Bulgarian Dimitrov at the heart of it.

She explained on Eurosport: “They definitely both went out with Grigor Dimitrov and they both made a lot of comments after that. Of course there is going to be a little extra spice there. Sharapova explained in her book, the same one she used to tear into Williams, how she was wooed by Dimitrov, who is four years younger. Was he even legal? Give him my e-mail. Dangerously distracting. A few back-and-forths with e-mail, and Grigor asked for my number.

It was very simple and genuine. Can we speak for a few more minutes? The pair publicly announced they were together in only for the relationship to end two years later.

Roger Federer doesn’t like Grigor Dimitrov having ‘Baby Fed’ nickname

Nicole Scherzinger may have been rediscovering the love in the arms of another sportsman. After a seven-year romance with the Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton , the American singer is dating with the Tennis star Grigor Dimitrov. According to The Sun newspaper,Nicolehas been dating the year-old Bulgarian since July, shortly after he had finishedhis two-year romancewith the Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.

An insider revealed Nicole and Dimitrov havebeen together for the last months, but they want to keep their romance away from the media attention. But they’ve been careful not to be pictured together because they don’t want the pressure of the relationship being in the public eye”, The Sun quoted. He is one of the most famous and charismatic players from the Tennis World Tour.

Jan 7, – If you don’t know the name Grigor Dimitrov now, you will soon. The year-old Bulgarian is fast rising up the ranks of the tennis hierarchy. Nickn.

He’s dating Sharapova but there are a thousand other reasons why people should be interested in Bulgaria’s rising star. I like England,” says Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. These are strange words to hear at Wimbledon, but perhaps someone like Dimitrov can afford a bit of gloominess in their life.

Because things are going rather well for the year-old. Dimitrov is through to the second round of Wimbledon, is ranked world number 31 and is dating the desirable Maria Sharapova. There is potential in Dimitrov.

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