Grigor Dimitrov, a major name in Bulgarian tennis, has withdrawn from this week’s Astana Open in Nur-Sultan. The 31-year-old Dimitrov was set to make his Astana debut the following week. Unfortunately, on Thursday, Dimitrov withdrew from the tournament.
The Astana Open has been on the calendar for two years with the ATP 250 license, and this year they have been promoted to the ATP 500. The organizers in Astana have secured the services of several outstanding athletes for the 2018 edition of the tournament. A three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist and former No. 3 player, Dimitrov was one of the favorites to shine in Astana this year.
After skipping the US Open, Dimitrov finally returned to competition this week. Dimitrov lost quickly in front of his home crowd in Sofia, his first tournament of the indoor-hard swing.
Since he was seeded third in the Sofia main draw, Dimitrov was given a first-round bye. Dimitrov’s campaign began on Wednesday in Sofia. To advance to the quarterfinals in Sofia, Ilya Ivashka beat home favorite Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6. (3).
Dimitrov’s poor start to the match was highlighted by a loss in the first service game. With a breakpoint in the second game, Dimitrov could have cut Ivashka’s lead to one, but instead, Ivashka went up 2-0 and Dimitrov could not recover.
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Ivashka broke Dimitrov twice in the ninth game of the match to take the first set. Dimitrov was serving to keep the match alive at that point. In the second set, Dimitrov trailed by a set but had opportunities to win.
Two break opportunities for Dimitrov in the fifth game of the second set were wasted. The second set went to a tie-break, which Ivashka won to secure the two-set victory. Dimitrov failed to convert on four more break points in the ensuing six games.
Dimitrov uses a varied approach to the game and is often regarded as having one of the most distinctive styles on the ATP Tour. His versatility and ease in playing wherever on the court are two of the key reasons why he was regarded as one of the best young talents in the game. Dimitrov has earned a reputation as a game-changer with his tireless play, impressive athleticism, fluid game, and pinpoint shooting.
Dimitrov’s forehand technique resembles Roger Federer’s in that he uses a grip that is half eastern and half western. He generates force from his elbow, wrist, and arm instead of his body when he hits. His primary weapon is his hefty, strong, and accurate forehand.
His use of it creates a burst of momentum in baseline rallies that frequently catches his opponents off guard. Dimitrov uses a standard backhand stroke with one hand. His backhand is one of the most adaptable in the game since he can hit it top-spin, flat, and with the best slice in the game, according to John McEnroe. In addition, his backhand has an uncommon follow-through and finish, with his hand often stretching all the way across his waist.
This has been criticized as a weakness because of the extra time it takes for him to recover by recoiling his arm. Although Dimitrov is more likely to use his backhand in a game to create points than to smash quick winners.
he is capable of producing substantial pace on his backhand when returning a bad shot from his opponent or neutralizing a fast shot. In his 2017 Australian Open semi-final match against Rafael Nadal, he used this skill more than fifty times.
Dimitrov possesses a very fast service, with speeds ranging from 210 to 220 kilometers per hour (130 to 138 miles per hour) (137 mph). His first serve is typically the deciding factor in points, as he routinely serves aces at crucial junctures. Adding more topspin on his second serve, Dimitrov has made it slower but more reliable. His greatest season to date was in 2017, but he made a career-high 254 double faults (around 40 more than in 2016).