The rise of Grigor Dimitrov

One of tennis’ most promising stars, Grigor Dimitrov was virtually unknown on the tennis scene until 2009 when he was granted a wildcard to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. There he beat 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych before succumbing to World No.1 Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-3 2-6.

Currently coached by Australian Peter McNamara, Dimitrov has won three ATP Challenger tournaments in 2010 and improved his ranking to 112. The 19-year old currently plans to participate in two more ATP Challengers this year in order to increase his chances of entering the top 100 by the end of 2010. If the Bulgarian does get there, he would gain automatic entry into the 2011 Australian Open.

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