Despite not being seeded at Wimbledon this year, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov said he doesn’t fear anybody following his straight sets win over American Bjorn Fratangelo on Monday.
Dimitrov beat Fratangelo 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a second round match against 16th seed Gilles Simon of France on Wednesday. The win puts an end to six consecutive losses for Dimitrov, going back to April.
In an interview after his victory, Dimitrov said he feels that he can cause plenty of problems for the big names at Wimbledon and fears nobody, despite his recent poor run of form.
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“Honestly, I don’t fear anyone. I have beaten top players and in big tournaments,” said Dimitrov.
“I’m not afraid to get out there and get my hands dirty. I’m very happy to play right now.”
The 25-year-old added that it “sucked” not to be seeded and was expecting tough matches on the outside courts.
“I know I have very tough rounds in general. I’m unseeded. It sucks, you know, I must say. It’s been a while since I haven’t been seeded,” he added.
Dimitrov played Fratangelo on Court 16 on Monday and despite not using the preferred bigger courts but was not overly concerned.
“It was definitely different,” said Dimitrov. “I played my first round there as a junior before I won the tournament. So I took it as a good sign, to be honest.”