Resurgence is the key theme of Grigor Dimitrov’s 2023 season.
The 32-year-old Bulgarian has always had the talent, and always had the personality, but at times during his career, major victories have been difficult to earn.
Not so in 2023, as G-Unit has put together his best season since the 2017 campaign that saw him win four titles, including his biggest to date at the ATP Finals in London.
UTS fans got to see Dimitorov’s brilliance up close and personal in Frankfurt as he reached the final after stepping in as a replacement for Daniil Medvedev. It took a red-hot Andrey Rublev to keep Dimitrov from hoisting the Zeus trophy.
The loss hasn’t stopped Dimitrov’s momentum, however.
Since his trip the UTS Frankfurt by Builder.ai final, he has won 14 of 19 matches, reaching the semi-final at the Shanghai Masters (loss to Rublev) before powering into his first Masters 1000 final since 2017 at Bercy, where he lost to World No.1 Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-3).
“I was very thrilled the way I was playing throughout the whole tournament,” Dimitrov told reporters in Paris. “A lot of good wins, a lot of positive wins. So I’ve done a lot of good things this week. I need to stay positive and keep on believing that things will come out for me.”
Dimitrov was in tears after leaving it all on the court in Paris, but he assured reporters that those were tears of joy in some ways.
“Those are happy tears,” he said. “I don’t want to have them as something negative. I’m human, after all.”
The 14th-ranked Bulgarian has logged 41 wins this season, taking his career total on tour to 413, but he says he isn’t satisfied.
“There are a lot of positives that I can take from [my recent performance],” he said. “But also in the same time I need to look at some of the things that I can improve, some of the things that I can, like, come back and maybe do better. I feel there is very little details that I’m sure if I improve a little bit, it can make a very big change in my game.”
That means fans can look forward to more breakthroughs from Dimitrov, on the UTS stage and beyond.