Bulgarian No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov has had a breakthrough year on the tour this season. He won his maiden ATP World Tour title and earned a hard-fought victory over then-World no. 1 Novak Djokovic to cement his place as a legitimate star in the making.
The World no. 23 believes he’s finally being recognized more for his own accomplishments than just being called ‘Baby Fed’ and simply being considered as a younger version of the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
“[People say] ‘Wow, this is Grigor, he is now,’” the Bulgarian told World Tennis magazine. “That’s what I wanna hear! I think there have been enough comparisons with Federer and all the rest. I mean, I do not think I should be compared to him because he is the greatest of all time and I’m not even close. I still have a long way to go.”
Dimitrov will begin the 2014 season at the Brisbane International in Australia. He reached his first ATP Tour final at last year’s tournament and will be looking to top that performance this year. The tournament will feature the likes of Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Kei Nishikori, Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, Jurgen Meltzer, Feliciano Lopez and will begin December 29.