The former World Number three, Grigor Dimitrov got knocked out in the opening round of Mutua Madrid Open 2019 in a dramatic manner. The American, Taylor Fritz took him out 7-6(10-8), 7-6(7-4) in the first round. Dimitrov could save two set points in the opening set, but however, the Bulgarian couldn’t overcome Fritz’s serves.
Its just three weeks remaining for the second major event of the year, but Grigor Dimitrov and his coach Dani Vallverdu have decided to annul their partnership. According to the sources, the Bulgarian and his coach did not get along with each in Madrid.
“After my match yesterday Dani Vallverdu my longtime coach and I sat down together,” Grigor Dimitrov mentioned. “After three years, we will be going out separate ways. We had some career highlights and amazing moments on the court. I want to thank Dani for everything he has done for me and I wish nothing but the best in his next endeavors”.
After Justin Gimelstob stepped down from his post in the ATP board. The 33-year-old, Dani Vallverdu is one of 15 candidates for Gimelstob’s position in the board. And Vallverdu seems excited to take up the spot. Additionally, the coaches who are not employed under any professional tennis player avail $100,000 stipend.
Before Vallverdu, Grigor Dimitrov worked with five different coaches, which includes his tenure under Patrick Mouratoglou for a few months. Under Vallverdu achieved some unprecedented accomplishments of his career.
In the year 2017, Grigor Dimitrov won his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over there, he knocked down Nick Kyrgios straight sets in the final and did not drop a set in the final.
The same year, he picked up the ATP Finals title by defeating David Goffin in the final and raised to a career-high ranking of World Number three and he was ranked behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Last year, Grigor Dimitrov was eliminated from the opening rounds at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, but he reached the quarters in Melbourne. Despite being the defending champion, Dimitrov failed to qualify for the ATP Finals in London.
After his loss in Madrid, World Number 46, Grigor Dimitrov will be ranked 49th in the world.