On his Instagram story Tuesday, Grigor Dimitrov checked in with a quick note of appreciation to those who recently reached out.

“Thank you everyone for the kind messages the last couple days. Most important thing is I wasn’t harmed and I am ready to compete this week in Barcelona,” he wrote.

Dimitrov certainly looked prepared to play in his opening match after putting a rotten incident behind him. Days earlier, the Bulgarian was the victim of a targeted robbery on Avenida de Sarriá upon returning from practice.

Dimitrov posted this on Tuesday.

Dimitrov posted this on Tuesday.


According to multiple reports, Dimitrov had his rear-view mirror knocked in by a man driving a motorbike. When the 31-year-old reached out to correct his mirror, little did Dimitrov know it was the ruse of conniving thieves.

Immediately snatched: the Swiss Bianchet watch adorning his wrist, valued at more than $76,000. Keeping his cool, Dimitrov drove to a nearby police station to report the crime, which is yet to be solved or see the time piece recovered.

Like clockwork, the world No. 25 opened his Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell campaign Wednesday with a satisfying victory. Dimitrov eased past Emilio Gomez, 6-3, 6-1, winning 25 of 27 first-serve points and breaking the Ecuadorian five times from six opportunities to advance after 63 minutes.

The No. 11 seed will now meet eighth-seeded Alex de Minaur Thursday for a place in the quarterfinals. In February, Dimitrov saved two match points to topple the Australian in the last eight at Rotterdam.