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Agassi Impact Edifying Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov watching the action last year in Memphis.

He’s 29 now and “Baby Federer’s” trophy case is still lacking a Grand Slam memento.

Projected as a future major champion, the Bulgarian has fallen short of fulfilling that potential but he’s still working hard on improving and getting beyond a major semi, his best result in Australia, upended by some guy named Rafa Nadal.

Seeded 18 at Roland Garros, Super G has won two rounds so far with a winnable third round encounter coming against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, who upset Denis Shapovalov today in five sets and crushed Steve Johnson two days ago.

Dimitrov has impressed American journalist Richard Pagliaro who stated today: “It’s a new Super G, this man is driven.” Jim Courier, the two time Roland Garros king, says the inconsistent Dimitrov serve is the only thing holding him back.

Andre Agassi, the 1999 champion of Roland Garros, has become a close friend with the humble and likable Dimitrov and clearly sees champion qualities inside the player he coaches and consults, often from a distance.

“It’s kind of funny, but being on tour for so long, I still have so much to learn and I feel like I’m learning so much about myself in situations like that and conditions like this. I’m very thankful for the situation right now.” said Dimitrov, who defeated Andrej Martin today. 64 76 61. 

“We’re just trying to keep it simple right now, I think on all ends. Me and Andre have a very special friendship, I will say, that goes way beyond tennis. I think the experience that he has had out here, especially at the French Open, it’s been pretty amazing,” said Dimitrov.

“I think to a certain extent it helps me a lot to hear it and to hear how he overcame some of his obstacles on such an event. So, we are just focusing on this right now. I feel good for now. I’m going to definitely get on the phone with him and speak a little bit and see how things are.” 

It’s not a surprise that Agassi feels compelled to generously share his vast wealth of experience and wisdom with such a worthy and deserving young man as Dimitrov.

Nor would it be a surprise if Dimitrov were to suddenly acquire the missing ingredients and elements to his arsenal and mindset which would complete his evolution into a Grand Slam champion before his ATP career concludes.

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10 comments

  • George · October 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Grigor does not seem to have the alpha male mentality to win a slam.

    Look at the women he dated: Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Nicole Scherzinger. All are dominant, successful females. Serena is questionable, and I don’t mean the dominant part. Scherzinger is over a decade older.

    A dominant alpha male would not put up with such a woman. Most alpha males would pick a pretty, demure, supportive, younger girl.

    His dating profile reveals a super nice guy, accommodating personality. It seems like the grand slam winners have an unshakable belief in the pressure moments.

    Although Thiem just won one, and he is a super nice guy. But also Djokovic was defaulted.

  • Sam · October 2, 2020 at 12:45 am

    “Serena is questionable, and I don’t mean the dominant part.”

    LOL. 🙂

    Did he actually *date* Serena Williams? I heard that Serena was chasing him, but that he basically ran away.

    Even if Serena were actually a female, I couldn’t understand the desire to want to date someone with such a repulsive personality. 😛

    “A dominant alpha male would not put up with such a woman.”

    Well, at least a dominant male wouldn’t put up with being bossed around by such a woman.

    As far as winning Grand Slams goes, as Andrea Jaeger once put it: “You have to be selfish to succeed in an individual sport.” So, at the top levels of sports, it’s probably true that “nice guys” tend to finish last. 😉

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 2, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Serena: “Other men have done worse.” “Other men have done worse.” Still can’t wrap my head around how the media let that one slip through.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 2, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Doesn’t matter that Djokovic was defaulted, Thiem is a major winner now. Nobody can take that away from him. Thiem is different now, I can see a difference, more intense, showing he wants it more, like he understands now he has to show he wants the most. I told one of his team members this stuff. After AO. I think Thiem can take out Nadal or Djokovic but we’ll see if he can take out both. Dimitrov has the belief of Agassi, which is major support. Let’s see if Agassi can work his zen magic on Dimitrov’s mind and soul. Agassi knows what it takes, what Dimitrov needs. I don’t think analyzing Dimitrov’s former girlfriends from a far distance says anything about his will power to win a major lol

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 2, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Petr Korda is crafting the blueprint kryptonite gameplan as we speak to make Rafa cry about the ball bounce trajectories fractions, temperature physics and his secret lifelong seasonal hatred of October and Novembers.

  • JohnnyTD · October 2, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats on Sebi win Scoop, impressive…

  • Sam · October 2, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    “Serena: ‘Other men have done worse.’ ‘Other men have done worse.'”

    Pretty close, Scoop, but here are the exact quotes:

    1) “But you know how many other men . . .”

    2) (a few seconds later) “Do you know how many other men do things that are . . . much worse than that??”

    3) “But I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. . . .”

    “Still can’t wrap my head around how the media let that one slip through.”

    For once, I’ll cut the media a little slack. 🙂 LOL. Serena’s “other men” slip-up went WAY over most people’s heads. You’d have to be really astute to catch something like that. In fact, I don’t even remember how I first learned about this.

    But once you analyze the statements, there’s no other logical explanation than the obvious—especially in light of all the other evidence for Serena’s manhood. 😉

    Speaking of transsexuals, did you hear something that Michael Obama said recently: “There were times that I wanted to push Barack out of the window”?? And according to one tabloid, their “marriage” has been on the rocks for years.

    I still don’t completely understand Alexis and Serena, though. Apparently Alexis was dating someone named Sabriya Stukes for years—a rather cute, petite woman. But maybe Stukes was just a beard.

  • Sam · October 2, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    “I think Thiem can take out Nadal or Djokovic but we’ll see if he can take out both.”

    Well, he’s actually gotta meet them first. 😉 But certainly the potential is there.

    “I don’t think analyzing Dimitrov’s former girlfriends from a far distance says anything about his will power to win a major lol”

    Yeah, those two areas may not be closely related.

    “Petr Korda”

    Is he the coach?

    “is crafting the blueprint kryptonite gameplan as we speak to make Rafa cry about the ball bounce trajectories fractions”

    Fractions??

    “temperature physics and his secret lifelong seasonal hatred of October and Novembers.”

    🙂 Well, it definitely wouldn’t be wise to underestimate Sebi at this point.

    I would not be surprised if we see a new winner this year.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 2, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Sam, thanks for the clarification but her/his quotes are damning nonetheless. Joan Rivers told us Michelle is a tranny. She had no motive to lie.

  • Sam · October 2, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    “Joan Rivers told us Michelle is a tranny.”

    Scoop, speaking of Joan Rivers, there’s speculation that Trump be not be that “safe” at Walter Reed Hospital, if you know what I mean.

    Hopefully he gets out of there pretty fast and in good shape.

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