Yonug one handed prodigy, Griror Dimitrov (above).
Bulgarian ace Grigor Dimitrov, perhaps the future of the men’s game on the one handed side has been busy of late. Despite rising to world #106, which to us, being well inside the top 128 players means an automatic bid, instead came through 3 tough qualifying rounds on the Plexicushion and had to earn his way in, despite, in our opinion, already having earned it. And he played lights out in the first round, getting on top of of Kazakastan’s Andrey Golubev early with 2 quick breaks, and carried them on to an easy win over world #38, the Russian born 23 year old, Golubev, who has to be upset about the first round ouster.
Golubev made two finals on the main tour last year, and in Melbourne, scored a major upset over American Mardy Fish in the first round, for his 3rd 1st round victory at a major (2009 French, 2008 US Open). Fish nearly suffered a similar fate versus tough one handed Hungarian big man last night Victor Hanescu, before taking over the match when down 2 sets to zero. But Golubevv could not do much against Dimitrov, who an impressive 53/80 points on serve, on his way to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory in which he won a whopping 96 points to Golubev’s 61. Dimitrov only 1 hour and 23 minutes for the impressive victory.
We love Dimitrov’s brand of aggressive tennis and hope this is only the beginning for him, who has a stern test ahead in rounnd in Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, a survived a a tight 3 setter in round 1 versus the under-whelming Teimuraz Gabashvili, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4. Wawrinka comes in playing great tennis. He took his 3rd career title last week in India, surprising lumbering Czech Tomas Berdych in fine fashion in the final.
Right now, Dimitrov and Wawrinka look like mirror image players. They are both movers, and try to dictate with laser strike one handed backhands. A win against Wawrinka, a top 20 guy, would be quite a coup, and could set up a match with a lot of flair: Dimitrov vs. Gael Monfils. Monfils survived Thiemo de Bakker yesterday ( 6-7 (3), 2-6, &-5, 6-2, 6-1 ), who dominated the first two sets before a complete turn around by the Frenchman. Monfils next faces Portugual’s Frederico Gil who also survived a tough 5 setter in round 1, going to an extended 5th set where he defeated Pablo Cuevas, 9-7.
For Dimitrov, the match gace him his first win in a major, in only his second showing. We see big things for the Bulgarian upstart known as “G-Force” by his contingent.
We hope that the ITF now sees fit to grant Dimitrov entrance into both majors and 56 field tournaments, as he has clearly played his way into the the top 64 and beyond at the tender age of 19.