Dimitrov at the start of 2013

by thriding

As of the start of 2013, Grigor Dimitrov is ranked 48, which is his highest ever ranking. In August 2011 he was ranked 52, but in March 2012 he momentarily dropped out of the top 100.

Over half of his 866 ranking points come from five 2012 tournaments, each of which earnt him 90 points:

  • R16 at the Miami Masters (March)
  • SF at Queens 250 (June)
  • SF at Bastad 250 (July)
  • SF at Gstaad (July)
  • QF at Basel Indoor 500 (October)

He also won R64 matches at Paris and Shanghai in the latter part of the year. In the Grand Slams, he didn’t get beyond the R64, getting a W-L of 3-4.

A year ago he was losing in the Q2 at the Sydney 250; this week he is making good progress through the draw at Brisbane: he beat Brian Baker 6-3 7-6, then upset the 2nd seed, Raonic, 6-3 6-4 and by beating Melzer 6-3 6-2 reached the SF, where he’ll play Baghdatis.

With his ranking in the top 50 he will not only have the opportunity to defend his Miami points, put pick up more in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome before he reaches the time of year when he’ll be defending the bulk of his existing points. He only has 216 points to defend in the 2013 up to Roland Garros. He also had a poor summer in the US: he lost Q1 in both Cincinnati and Toronto and lost in the first round of the US Open to Benoit Paire.

One of my three wishes for 2013 was that a talented young player like Dimitrov would learn how to win consistently, and become a genuine threat. In the final post-US Open portion of 2012 he beat 4 players ranked above him: Andujar, Troicki, Benneteau and Melzer, and only once lost to a player ranked beneath him, Mathieu, in the Basel QFs. That, combined with the good start he’s making in Brisbane, suggests that, at the age of 21, Dimitrov is finally making the next step up.

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