Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dimitrov Eyes First Grand Slam after Queen's Glory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dimitrov Eyes First Grand Slam after Queen's Glory

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Byline: Nick Purewal

GRIGOR Dimitrov admitted his career-dream Queen's Club title edges him closer than ever to a long-anticipated grand slam breakthrough.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian has been dubbed as 'Baby Fed' - relating to similarities with Roger Federer - for years and conceded claiming the Aegon Championships cements his sharp upward curve.

Dimitrov saved a second-set match point to claim his third title of the season with a gritty 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (8-6) victory over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in Kensington.

The world number 13 hailed girlfriend and five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova for helping him hone his winning mentality. "We are about to find out, in a week," said Dimitrov when asked if his grand slam moment might finally arrive at Wimbledon.

"It is always special to win in that week. This tournament in particular has been one I wanted to win.

"Ever since I have played as a teenager here I have dreamt of that moment and you can even feel it in the spirit of the trophy itself when you lift it, it means something.

"So I am just heading into Wimbledon with a lot of positive vibes.

"Of course it is great when you have all the pieces around you, it is touching for me because it is how I feel most comfortable.

"I have my team on a good level and that adds up because you know you will be embraced either way."

He added: "Maria has been unbelievable with me throughout all the years so far, just supporting me, and I think the feeling is mutual and I hope this will not be the last tournament she's at. "I think this is a step forward for me. I am excited with progress so far, but my goals are way too high, so I would not call it a breakthrough or a coming of age - not yet. I have had such a good time but there is still a lot to be achieved."

Dimitrov broke new ground by reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals in January and believes his Queen's success pushes him even further in the right direction. …

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