Grigor Dimitrov recently defeated Pablo Andujar to cement his place in the quarter-finals of the European Open 2020. The Bulgarian made a terrific comeback after he lost the first set. The final scoreline of the match was 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the post-match interview, Dimitrov admitted that he played the match overall in a good manner and was able to find a way to win. It was the ‘extra edge’ that helped him finish beyond the winning line.
“I think tonight I just stayed in the match in a very good manner…I actually played very good in the first set, but lost it. Then I thought to myself, ‘Okay, let’s just find another way’. I think matches like that early on are very important and you’re into the tournament now. That is probably the thing that I’m most happy with tonight,” said the 29-year-old Dimitrov.
Dimitrov believed that the match was an eye-opener for him. He accepted that these kinds of challenging matches that provide were like an opportunity to learn and prepare for the big matches in the future.
Talking about playing indoors, Dimitrov also expressed that he liked playing on there. This could be a golden opportunity for the 2017 ATP Finals winner to once again leave a mark of his dominance in the indoor environment where he feels comfortable.
“I think a lot of that was experience playing indoors. You don’t get the chance to play a lot of matches indoors and the times that I have, I’ve always felt that I have a little bit of an extra edge, especially in the big moments during the match. I think today was also one of those matches,” concluded Dimitrov.
Every player likes to play in a specific condition and surface. Be it, Rafael Nadal, on clay or Roger Federer on grass, players tend to adapt to some conditions better than the other. This can be the case with Dimitrov when he plays indoors. He enjoys a 64% winning percentage when he plays indoors.
In the quarters of the European Open 2020, Dimitrov will either face Milos Raonic or Cameron Norrie.