Grigor Dimitrov will be the ladies’ favourite for Wimbledon, especially after his triumph at Queen’s Club.
He’s very good-looking and very out-going. For me, though, the Bulgarian has a bit to prove in terms of the Grand Slams.
Undoubtedly Dimitrov has the talent. He’s one of the best strikers of the ball in the game, and reminds me of Ilie Nastase.
The great Romanian possessed an unbelievable range of shots too many for his own good, in fact. He had so many options on every ball, too often he chose the wrong one!
I feel it is the same with Dimitrov. He seems to enjoy playing the flashy shot rather than the percentage play. His coach is Roger Rasheed, whose previous two players were the Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.
Dimitrov completes a trio of the most flamboyant, talented players on the planet, but they all lack a grasp of the true value of points.
There is the same reward for a shot off the frame that dribbles over the net, a bread-and-butter shot that draws an error, or a spectacular winner.
These guys opt for the big shot every time, and it just doesn’t pay off. They are entertainers, and everyone loves them, but they are not going to be Grand Slam winners unless they wise up.
Latvian star Ernests Gulbis is another entertainer. He is a wacky character who gives the best media interviews on the circuit. Gulbis doesn’t care what he says, or what people think of his opinions.
However, he’s got an appetite for success, and a big array of shots so he’ll be dangerous.
Then come the big servers Canadian Milos Raonic, Polish beanpole Jerzy Janowicz, American John Isner, Czech Tomas Berdych and the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. On a good serving day, all five are a danger to the top seeds.
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