Grigor Dimitrov looked set to become one of the big boys of tennis as he beat Andy Murray en route to winning the title in Acapulco, Mexico. The Bulgarian standout has always shown enough flare to catch the average fans attention, and had already earned himself the nickname “baby-fed” by other players long before the general public was aware of his phenomenal talent. It is now apparent however, after his spectacular road to the title in Acapulco, that the young gun is getting more comfortable against the game’s best players. Dimitrov, as the 2014 season begins to warm up, looks poised to become one of the big boys of tennis in the near future.
At first thought it may be a compliment to be called “baby-fed.” After all, Roger Federer is perhaps one of the greatest players to have ever wielded a tennis racket in the game’s history. Dimitrov though, looks to have his eyes set higher than simply possessing a game very similar to one of the best. The Bulgarian showed in Mexico that he is willing to scrap and fight quite hard for a place among the games top players.
In a spectacular match against Andy Murray, Dimitrov, who looked at one point to be completely dominated by Murray, fought his way through a level second set to win his first set against murray by prevailing in a tie-breaker. The mental breakthrough was immediately visible, as the Bulgarian celebrated winning the second set with a huge shout and Rafa-like fist pump. Heading into the third set, Dimitrov found a level of tennis he has perhaps not shown previously. In the end, the Bulgarian prevailed against one of the game’s top players in spectacular fashion.
Beating Murray however, against whom he had not even won a set previously, was not the end of the road for the popular young talent. Dimitrov would later outlast South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on his way to winning the title in Acapulco, Mexico. Down a break in the third set, with the South African serving at 4-3 in the decider, Dimitrov would show steely nerve as he broke Anderson to get back on serve. The Bulgarian would then hold serve en route to closing out one of the bigger matches in his young career.
Bulgaria’s top tennis man, with his impressive road to winning his second ATP title, showed that he is ready to take on the big boys of tennis. Dimitrov is no longer bringing simply a good show and nice-looking strokes to the biggest matches, he is now bringing a formidable challenge. It was not many weeks ago in this year’s Australian Open that Dimitrov piled on more evidence which hinted at the brightness of his tennis future. The Bulgarian has always played Rafael Nadal quite tight, but has never seriously found himself holding a threatening lead or really knocking on the door of an upset. At the Australian Open earlier this year however, Dimitrov played Nadal how tennis fans everywhere have been wishing that Roger Federer would.
The Bulgarian was using the backhand to stretch Nadal wide to the lefty forehand, in a sense nullifying the signature Rafa spin. In addition, Dimitrov looked to really beat up Rafa’s backhand with devastating crosscourt forehands relentlessly sent into the Spaniards backhand wing, opening up either huge inside out forehands or devastating crosscourt backhands when the Spaniard attempted to send his double-hander up the line. Cap all of that off with the youngsters willingness to come into net, and his incredible speed around the court with almost Djokovic-like defense, and it doesn’t look like it will be long before he start smelling upset chances against possibly even Nadal. Whatever the rest of the 2014 season holds for the young man, for now Dimitrov will celebrate his second ATP title with his win in Acapulco, Mexico.
Editorial By Daniel Worku