Grigor Dimitrov is in his first ATP World Tour Finals
No matter what his results this week, Dimitrov will finish 2017 in the top six in the world for the first time in his career after wins in Brisbane, Sofia and Cincinnati.
After holding the boys’ world No 1 ranking and winning two junior Grand Slams in 2008, the Bulgarian was a highly-rated young pro but has yet to deliver on that promise.
However, after qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time and beating Dominic Thiem in his debut match, he already believes he knows what it takes to take the title.
“I think overall your level has to be, even when you're not playing good, strong enough,” Dimitrov said.
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“I think this is obviously one of the most important things.
“I always consider myself as that aggressive player.
“I always want to have that mindset.
“I think this is one of the most important things, not only to win this event, but any event.”
Dimitrov will rarely get a better chance to produce an upset by winning in London after world No 1 Rafael Nadal pulled out with a knee injury on Monday.
Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic are all also missing through injury but Roger Federer remains, the 36-year-old chasing a record seventh title at this event.
And Dimitrov believes the Swiss’ resurgence to the top of the game, along with the return of Nadal, is down to their constant aggression and belief that doing so will bring results.
“Picture, for example, playing a [Grand] Slam. You're in the fifth set, and you need to win seven of those matches,” Dimitrov added.
“This is where it all comes down to that aggressive mindset, carrying on with that positivity that you've built up.
“There's so many things you need to complete in order to win any of those titles.
“That's why we see how things are right now and who is winning them, it's because of that.
“They've been doing this for not one, not two, but 10 years already.
“In order to beat them and bring them down, you know they're not going to give it to you, you have to go grab it.”