Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dimitrov Continues on the Road to Rediscovering His Best

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dimitrov Continues on the Road to Rediscovering His Best

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GRIGOR Dimitrov is not allowing memories of his previous success at Wimbledon to distract him from the job in hand.

The Bulgarian has spent the last two years searching for the form that took him to the All England Club semi-finals in 2014, a journey that saw him beat Andy Murray en route.

Since then, consistent results have been hard to come by, and, now 37th in the world, Dimitrov arrived at Wimbledon with few people talking about him.

But after a polished win over qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in the first round and then another over 16th seed Gilles Simon in the second, he is starting to enter the conversation.

"Absolutely - with each match you get more and more confident," Dimitrov said after his 6-3 7-6 (7/1) 4-6 6-4 win. "You start to feel the grass more, your movement more, your shots, your routine. Everything becomes very natural. You get in a good rhythm. So that gives you that calmness when you come out on the court.

"But honestly I'm trying not to think so much about what happened two years ago, because if I just keep playing on that - 'Oh, I had an unbelievable Wimbledon two years ago' - I will never be able to do better.

"In a way, I just don't want to live in the past."

The future for Dimitrov is a thirdround meeting with Steve Johnson, while the vanquished Simon was left with issues to raise with the ATP after saying he would "sue" referee John Blom if he got injured while playing through a slight spell of drizzle.

Thankfully, injury was avoided. Ninth seed Marin Cilic won, clipping Sergiy Stakhovsky's wings in four sets, while the fifth-ranked Kei Nishikori recovered from losing the first set to Julien Benneteau to win 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-2. Sixth seed Milos Raonic booked his place in the last 32 with a straight-sets win over Andreas Seppi.

The Canadian - who dismissed reports he had ended his coaching arrangement with John McEnroe - was a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-2 victor. …

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