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LONDON: Grigor Dimitrov left his first match at the ATP Finals in the same manor as he approached it. With a big smile and high sense of pride.

Relishing in a career-best season, the 26-year-old has already won three ATP finals out of the four he has participated in. At the Cincinnati Masters, he dropped serve only once on route to lifting the most prestigious title of his career. His reward for those achievements is a place in his first season-ending finale. A milestone that he has sought to achieve for many years.

“I’ve never been out here. Now I can say that that barrier is broken, I guess.” Said Dimitrov.
“It for me was just one of those new experiences that I think I’m going to remember for the rest of my life, I think appreciate for the rest of my life.”

Starting his London campaign with a marathon win over Dominic Thiem, Dimitrov isn’t just playing for himself. He has rewritten the history books as the first Bulgarian player to feature in the tournament. Underlining the legacy he is in the process of creating for his native country.

Dimitrov, who is preparing to build an academy in his home town of Haskovo, is under no illusion of the significance he is having on Bulgarian tennis. It is a daunting task, but he chooses to take things in his stride. He doesn’t want to rise to the top of the rankings for just himself. His dream is to inspire others to follow in his own footsteps.

“It’s not only big for me, I think it’s for my whole country, for Bulgaria. It’s great for me to show that everything is possible.” He explained.
“You push the boundaries, doesn’t matter where you’re from, it’s all up to you, everything is in your hands. Basically, whatever you put in is what you get.”

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Monday’s win over Thiem was Dimitrov’s fourth win over a top-10 player. A milestone he has only achieved once before in 2014. Reflecting on the surge in his form, the world No.6 is still eager to improve further and crack the top-5.

“I’ve done also a lot of work on and off the court. I think it finally is starting to kind of come together.” Dimitrov evaluated.
“I’m trying to fulfill the little gaps that I think I can do better on. From now on, I think only the little things will make a huge difference.” He later added.

With 45 wins under his belt so far this season, Dimitrov sees a positive future for him and his team. Part of his success is down to coach Dani Vallverdu, who has guided him since last year. In the past, there has been doubts raised about his mentality on the tour following a drop to 40th in the world in 2016. For Dimitrov, this is now all in the past for him.

“I think the best is yet to come. I’m super excited for what’s ahead. I’m already looking for the next season. Getting excited also a little bit for the off-season, which it’s not the most exciting time, but I’m getting excited. I think that’s a good sign, right?”

At the ATP Finals, the former Wimbledon semifinalist will play the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and David Goffin. Against No.1 Nadal, he has only won one out of their 11 meetings on the tour. Nevertheless, Dimitrov remains fearless of what lies ahead for him.

“I have zero preference who I’m going to play. I’m here to compete. That’s all I’m going to look after to, the rest. Honestly doesn’t really matter to me right Now.” He concluded.

Should Dimitrov win any more matches this week, he will achieve five wins over a top-10 player within a single season for the first time in his career.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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Jannik Sinner sets Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner set Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19.

 

The Italian player announced the news that he will donate 10 Euros alongside Starwing Sports for every photo of a pizza that resembles himself or any past or present Italian figure to raise funds for medical supplies in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help fight the spread of the virus.

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last February Sinner reached his first ATP 500 quarter final in Rotterdam after scoring the biggest win of his career against world number 10 David Goffin. He earned his first Grand Slam main draw win of career against Max Purcell at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision to postpone the Olympic Games

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This year’s Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision of the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

 

The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Djokovic, who had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020”, thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important.

“I am sad that the Olympic Games are postponed, but I am sure that it’s the right decision for the health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo 2021. Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, I think that humanity in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity with get through it and can profit from it”, said Djokovic.

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