Melbourne - Grigor Dimitrov says he needs to rediscover his
playing rhythm after the disappointment of crashing out of the Australian Open
to British hope Kyle Edmund in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
The Bulgarian world No 3 was ambushed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 by
the 49th-ranked Edmund and again misses out in his 30th Grand Slam tournament.
The 26-year-old lost to Rafael Nadal over five sets in last
year's semi-final and has yet to go beyond the last four at a Grand Slam.
"It's hard to hide the disappointment. It's how I feel.
It hurts and so it should," Dimitrov told his post-match media conference.
"I need to give myself a couple of days just to relax a
little bit and reassess the whole Australian trip.
"I need to be smart the way I'm practising now, not to
overdo it again, but in the same time make sure I find my rhythm again, my game
itself, the elements when I play.
"That requires quite a bit of work, but I'm certain I'm
going to be able to do it and hopefully produce better tennis as the year
Dimitrov again struggled on serve, giving up seven double faults
and being broken five times. Overall he had 43 double-faults in five matches at
"Definitely that's one of the things I've struggled
with a lot in the past week," he said.
"That's one thing I know if I can turn around, make
sure I'm a bit more consistent.
"I felt like some of the matches I was serving pretty
much all the matches over 50 percent.
"It's just the winning percentage (42 percent) on the
second serve was pretty low, made quite a bit of double-faults. I can only
blame myself on that."
Dimitrov said despite his early exit from the year's opening
Grand Slam he had nothing to prove.
"In a way, I have nothing to prove to anyone anymore.
I'm playing tennis for myself. I've pretty much done, in a way, what everybody
thought I would do," he said.
"To me, that's not about it right now. It's really
about stepping up my own game, my own belief, my own way of playing.
"For sure once you get to the top, everything becomes
more narrow. You have a bigger target on your back. Everybody wants to beat
you. So, yeah, it gets harder."