Last year in Toronto the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won a match against Fernando Verdasco and had to fight really hard for the win. Following this match he gave an interview to Sky Sports and said three words;
“Hope dies last”
Now, Grigor is 28 years old, he’s changed his coach and it’s about now for him.
Up 6-3 6-0 against Janko Tipsarevic many were getting ready for the second match on Court 1 however we suddenly found ourselves at two sets each and Janko just held for a 1-0 lead in the fifth with Grigor suddenly behind.
Grigor made the decision after his first round loss to Taylor Fritz in Madrid that it would be the end of the partnership with Dani Vallverdu who had coached the Bulgarian for three years following previous stints working with Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray.
Grigor is coachless on the ATP site but Andre Agassi is still there.
Following first round exits in Madrid and Rome he made a big decision at risk of falling outside the worlds top 50 when less than 18 months ago was world number three and of course champion at the World Tour Finals but got a wildcard into Geneva qualifying.
Grigor came through qualifying but lost in round one against Delbonis and came into Paris on a four match losing streak.
Despite obvious physical issue for Janko in this 5th set both players held their first four service games of the decider to keep level at 4-4 but the Bulgarian was so locked in during the entire match despite letting a comfortable lead go he was so focused and even after breaking for 5-4 and serving for the match showed great strength to save a break point and win a must win match.
I’m really pleased for Grigor and I hope he can push on from a difficult period in his career!