BABY FEDERER. Why Grigor Dimitrov didn’t like to be compared to Roger

US OPEN. Grigor explains why he didn't like being called "Baby Fed"

Federer Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov has always enjoyed a great relationship with Roger Federer throughout his career, however, the Bulgarian sensation didn’t like when he was labeled as the “obvious successor” of the Swiss. That happened especially at the beginning of his career when he was nicknamed “Baby Fed’ because of his style that was extremely similar to Roger’s.

Why Grigor hated being called “Baby Fed”

Apparently, that label was a bit too have for Grigor like it would have been for anyone else and the former world no.3 looked to be upset when he was called with that nickname.

When Dimitrov was playing the French Open in June he blasted at a fan that said “Come on Baby Fed!” He replied: “Do I look like a baby to you?”

During a recent interview with The New York Times, when asked about his nickname, Grigor replied:

“Younger players coming up, I think they should never be compared to anybody. I think they should have more air to breathe and a lot more time to find themselves first before anything else. I found that out the hard way.”

Dimitrov and Federer

In the US Open quarterfinal, Grigor has recently defeated Roger for the first time in his career after trailing on a 0-7 win-loss record against the Swiss legend.

Dimitrov upset with a fan after being called “baby Federer”


Dimitrov at the U.S. Open, ranking, and results in 2019

Grigor Dimitrov Stats info

Ranked no.78, the Bulgarian has a 18-15 win-loss record in 2019. Dimitrov is now playing at the U.S. Open where he bested Andreas Seppi 6-1 6-72 6-4 6-3, Borna Coric w/o, Kamil Majchrzak 7-5 7-68 6-2, Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-3 6-4 and Roger Federer 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2.

The Bulgarian will take on Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal. The head to head is 1-1. The last time that they locked horns, Medvedev won 6-4 6-2 in the 3rd round in Washington in August 2017.

The Bulgarian won 8 titles in his career: 3 on hard courts, 1 on clay courts, 3 on indoor courts and 1 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)

Grigor Dimitrov

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