Dimitrov on facing Federer: You must forget you're playing your idol

by: Matt Cronin October 30, 2013

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Grigor Dimitrov, who faced his idol Roger Federer last week in Basel and lost in straight sets, said the 17-time Grand Slam champion proved to be an unpredictable opponent.

“He wasn’t easy to play against, but that’s what I expected. Sometimes I was expecting certain shots and in actual fact they would go the other way," Dimitrov said. "You have to forget you are playing against your idol, because the guy on the other side also wants to play better than you and beat you. I don’t think you should allow yourself to think like this when you go against any player. It was a great experience overall. Hopefully next time it will be a better battle.”

Dimitrov, who has been working on a trial basis with Australian coach Roger Rasheed, says the two are working on the basics, and will address bigger issues during the off-season.

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