Miami Open: Grigor Dimitrov makes Big Four admission after semi-final win

The Bulgarian will take on Jannik Sinner in the final

By Web Desk
March 30, 2024
Grigor Dimitrov will play Jannik Sinner in the Miami Open final. — Reuters

Grigor Dimitrov missed out on several trophies in his tennis career due to the presence of the Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — but he managed to gain enough experience.

Dimitrov showcased his skills in the Miami Open as he played some of the most consistent tennis of his career where he defeated the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, and Alexander Zverev on his route to final.

Playing at a time when the Big Four were dominating the tennis world, Dimitrov still managed to reach a career-high World No. 3 at his peak.

Even though he was not able to win many trophies due to the Big Four, the Bulgarian wouldn’t change much about his career as it had been a privilege to play alongside them.

"How often you say I played in an era against the best players and you have beaten them all? It's great. I'm sorry, but I can live with that. You know, all that, the titles and all this, yeah, it's great. But the journey, the ride, it was, for me personally, not having these guys around, it's a little sad,” he said.

Not only did Dimitrov manage to compete with the Big Four, but he also defeated them on occasion and enjoyed his career to the fullest.

"I don't want to play them, don't get me wrong (smiling) at the moment, but it's kind of sad. I love watching them play. I love competing against them, and you can always learn something,” he added.

"I think throughout the years I have had so many quarterfinal matches and third-, fourth-round matches where I had to play against them. But that also maybe shaped me to have that mental toughness and to do certain things differently at that point in my career, like them."