Tennis: Grigor Dimitrov – I am no longer in Roger Federer’s Shadow
Grigor Dimitrov insists he is no longer playing in Roger Federer’s shadow after the Bulgarian capped the best year of his checkered career by reaching the last four at the ATP Finals.
When Dimitrov first burst onto the scene by winning the junior Wimbledon title in 2008, his immaculate one-handed back-hand and flamboyant stroke-play earned instant comparisons with Swiss great Federer.
But Dimitrov struggled to live up to the hype and, amid doubts about his commitment to the sport, often found himself written off as a serial underachiever.
For a while, Dimitrov’s playboy lifestyle meant he was better known for his spell as the boyfriend of Russian star Maria Sharapova than for anything he accomplished on the court.
But, having finally shaken off his demons, Dimitrov has become the first Bulgarian to qualify for the season-ending Tour Finals after reaching a career-high sixth in the ATP rankings earlier this month.