Nicknamed "Baby Federer" for a playing style that emulates Roger Federer, Dimitrov has a top-50 ranking, which is sure to rise after he made the finals at the Brisbane International.And just as important (for Dimitrov's name recognition, at least), he is now dating Maria Sharapova.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS TIGER = WONDERFUL SAYS FED – While many of his other celebrity friends have had trouble reaching him in hiding, Tiger Woods’ buddy Roger Federer says he has spoken to the skank-chasing golfer who is reportedly trying to salvage his marriage after a number of alleged infidelities.Federer says he’s spoken to Woods by phone and says Woods will be back soon “as the wonderful golfer we know.” And the wonderful human being we never knew? – The ATP Player Council is debating a “World Cup-style” 10-day event every two years to replace the Davis Cup?He has also been mentored by Federer's former coach, Peter Lundgren.Because they were next on the court, Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov were watching with keen eyes to see if the third-round match between Maria Sharapova and Lauren Davis would end with Sharapova winning a second-set tiebreak.“We certainly believe that responsible gambling is part of Australian culture,” said Tennis Australia’s Steve Ayles. I think there will be a donation at the door of to come and see us play. Can you not think of one book that you would not want to be present in an elementary school?
“We can also ensure that money goes back into developing the sport.” If only the U. were so open-minded and could go about it so intelligently instead of U. citizens having to use off-shore accounts (not that we do)…Fernando Verdasco beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Kooyong exhibition…After winning the Auckland title, John Isner donated ,000 to the Red Cross for Haiti relief: “It was something I felt I could easily do and I plan on doing it in Australia as well. So we’re going to play doubles or mixed doubles tomorrow, also with top women’s players, try to fill the stadium. I think it’s something as a tennis family we’re very happy to do. If you can think of even one, then yes, you are for banning books in schools too.
The two competitors were apparently watching together in the players’ lounge (imagine that happening in any other sport — besides golf, maybe) when Davis and Sharapova played an insane, 27-shot point at 5-4 in the tiebreak, culminating in Davis netting an easy put-away.
It’s time like these that remind you even the world’s greatest athletes can be fans and dorkily overreact to things, just like us.
Speculation has been building since the couple was photographed together last month in Milan, and this weekend ESPN's Darren Rovell confirmed the relationship on Twitter.
" data-reactid="23"Dimitrov has earned comparisons to Federer for his fluid strokes and his one-handed backhand.
Bud Collins must have just dropped a brick in his shorts?