Dimitrov shows signs of living up to promise

Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:13am EST
 
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tired of being called "Baby Fed" and better known for being Maria Sharapova's boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov took a step towards making a name for himself as he reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time on Saturday.

The 22nd seeded Bulgarian upset Milos Raonic of Canada 6-3 3-6 6-4 7-6 (12-10) to advance to a showdown against unseeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista for a place in the last eight of the Australian Open.

"I'm definitely satisfied that I have gone through (but) for me it's just another win," Dimitrov told reporters after defeating the 11th seeded Raonic.

"I think it's a great stepping stone for me to get into that second week I keep talking about.

"I have practiced a lot. I have done a lot of homework. So, to me, in a way, it's a bit expected. So I feel really good coming into the second week."

From the moment he won junior Wimbledon in 2008 with a flowing style reminiscent of Federer, Dimitrov has been likened to the 17-times grand slam champion.

Initially taken as a compliment, the Baby Fed tag soon became a burden and although Dimitrov has asked people not to use the moniker any more, it has stuck.

"What can I say? We have debated that for quite some time and we have said it loud and clear that my name is Grigor," he said.   Continued...