Grigor Dimitrov is playing at his best. He is an all around player that only needs the confidence boost and the mental strength in order to make the step up to the elite.
The Bulgarian met Jerzy Janowicz in Stockholm Open. It was a grueling battle since the beginning. Both players exchanged spectacular shots during thrilling rallies. The tall Polish player showed glimmers of his talent and why he was a great hope years ago, as he managed to keep up with the high level of Dimitrov.
The difference was made on serve, speed of play and maturity.
Grigor managed to highlight his superior speed and often surprised Janowicz off balance and off guard. Jerzy was mostly playing uni dimensional and hitting flat, but the number 1 Bulgarian was varying his shots and opened up the court cleverly.
Even though Janowicz has a powerful serve, he is hitting it short and flat most of the times, making it really predictable. Dimitrov was superior on return, using the Polish’s power.
Jerzy played well, but proved inpatient and lacked composure during the big points. It was a spectacular encounter, Dimitrov claiming it, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Elsewhere, Del Potro overpowered Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-2, 7-6 (6). The Argentinian’s backhand was great and he looked, as he said before the match, fresh physically and ready mentally to fight.