10 questions about Grigor Dimitrov – Baby Federer, Mouratoglou, Sharapova
- 22 Jul 2020
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When was Grigor Dimitrov born?
He was born on May 16, 1991, in Haskovo, Bulgarie. Now 29, he lives in Monte-Carlo.
What nationality is Dimitrov?
Grigor Dimitrov is a Bulgarian player. In 2017, he won his first Masters 1000 title, in Cincinnati, and then won the ATP Finals in London. He became the first Bulgarian to win the event since tennis turned professional in 1968.
How tall is he?
Dimitrov is 6ft 3in, (1.91m) and weights 81 kilos, according to his profile on the ATP Tour website..
Who is Dimitrov’s coach?
He has been coached by Christian Groh since December 2019. He had been separated from Dani Vallverdu since May, after losing in the first round of the Madrid Masters. Groh is known for helping Tommy Haas to No 11 in the world rankings in 2013, when the German had returned from several injuries. He is also helped by Andre Agassi, the eight-time Grand Slam winner.
Where did he spend his formative years?
The Bulgarian was shaped by Patrick Mouratoglou, at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. In February, 2009, when he arrived, Dimitrov was ranked No 487. When he left the academy, in November 2012, he was No 48. In 2012, Mouratoglou became the coach of Serena Williams.
Who are Dimitrov’s parents ?
The parents of Grigor Dimitrov are Maria Dimitrov and Dimitar Dimitrov. They were both volley-ball players. His father won a silver medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. His mother is a sports teacher. They introduced him to tennis at the age of 5..
Is Dimitrov in a relationship?
Since his break-up with the former Pussycat Dolls singer, Nicole Scherzinger, with whom he was together for four years, between 2015 and 2019, the Bulgarian has been discreet about his private life. Before that, Dimitrov was in a relationship with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, from 2012 to 2015.
Who is his agent?
His agent is Georgi Stoimenov, a Bulgarian who looks after only Dimitrov.
When did Dimitrov begin his career?
He began his professional career in 2008, at 17 ans. The Bulgarian won his first Futures title in Barcelone, in May, before winning junior Wimbledon. He played in the main draw the following year. He also won the junior US Open title. At the end of 2008,, Grigor Dimitrov was already ranked inside the world’s top 500.
It wasn’t until 2012 that he beat his first top-10 player, the then seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych in the Miami Masters. He won his first title the following year, in Stockholm, His best ranking is No 3, which he reached in 2017.
Why was Dimitrov nicknamed “Baby Federer”?
He often identified with Roger Federer. Same racquet, same clothing company, same style of play, and to some, the same elegance. Dimitrov is an attacking player with a one-handed backhand and his variety means he has many possibilities for each point. This earned him the nickname Baby Fed. But the Swiss champion stands out for his willingness to go to the net and ability to shorten points. In eight natches, Dimitrov has beaten Federer only once, in their most recent encounter, in the quarter-finals of the US Open.