Bulgarian Beau Dimitrov Says Sharapova's Love Helps His Play
Bulgaria's rising tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has spoken for the first time openly about his relationship with prominent Russian player Maria Sharapova, partly attributing to it his success on court.
"This year has been very successful, I managed to find the right direction to follow. Rivals now feel pressed to follow me closely and look up to me," said Grigor Dimtirov in an honest interview for the Bulgarian TV channel bTV.
Asked about his relationship with Maria Sharapova, the Bulgarian beau said:
"Each of us has problems to solve. I think I proved those people who said my relationship with her hurt my play were wrong. I think I proved that it is exactly the opposite."
Dimitrov made considerable progress over the year, climbing from 48th to 22nd in the world rankings. In May, he beat the world number 1 at the time Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Masters.
Dimitrov also won his maiden ATP title, in Stockholm in October.