Grigor Dimitrov Gives Credit to Andre Agassi For His Remarkable Victory Against Roger Federer

Published 12/21/2021, 12:30 AM EST
September 3, 2019 – Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov shake hands after their quarterfinal match at the 2019 US Open. (Photo by Darren Carroll/USTA)


Grigor Dimitrov has been making a significant impact on the ATP circuit, ever since turning pro in 2008. One of the most noteworthy moments in his career came at US Open 2019 where he managed to edge past the in-form Roger Federer.

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Recently, in an interview, the Bulgarian gave insights on how he bounced back in that match. Dimitrov credited his coach at the time, Andre Agassi, with building confidence in him.

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Grigor Dimitrov is thankful to Andre Agassi

The 2019 US Open was a tournament to remember for Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Despite entering the competition as unseeded, the 30-years-old pulled off an extraordinary victory against 20-time Major Slam holder, Roger Federer. In a recent interview with Tennis Majors, he opened up about that accomplishment.

Dimitrov expressed his feeling right before the match against Federer. He quoted, ” But the truth of the fact was I was in a very low moment. Not in my career but in general, in my life.”

Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

However, he credited mentor Andre Agassi with providing him the confidence he needed, outside of the sport. He feels Agassi benefited him as a person and prompted him to investigate the situation deeper.

” But I think the person that deserves a lot of credit is Andre Agassi, for sure. He of course helped me as a person, but he made me look a bit more in-depth, in my core values and what I believed in, ” the Bulgarian said.

The match was really crucial as it led to his entry in his first-ever US Open semi-finals.

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Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov US Open 2019 match

Roger Federer entered the US Open 2019, just after losing against Novak Djokovic in a nerve-wracking contest at Wimbledon. He was one of the favorite contenders to win the title at the Flushing Meadows. However, when Dimitrov met him in the quarter-finals, he demolished that hope.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria pose for a photo prior to their Men’s Singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Both the players decisively won two-two sets, as the match came down to the final set. Also known as “Baby Roger“, Dimitrov showed dominance throughout the deciding set, won it 6-2, and recorded a remarkable victory against one of the greatest tennis players. The Bulgarian must be ecstatic to have defeated Federer on such a grand scale.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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