Vastavam web: 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 today.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.”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 progresses.” 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 the tournament.”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.”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.