Grigor Dimitrov needs a psychologist - Annabel Croft
Grigor Dimitrov lost to Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals and the tennis presenter Annabel Croft had a strong comment on the Bulgarian's current state of mind. Dimitrov is currently world no. 5 but needs to defend 1,000 points in Cincinnati next week and 1,500 in London ATP Finals in November if he qualifies. Speaking on Sky Sports, Croft said: 'It doesn't matter how much you practise serving, mentally when you get into that pressure situation you can never replicate it during a match so I think, as much as you keep saying it's technical, which it is, mentally it's not there either. He has to keep practising it but it's not going to fix the problem. I think it needs a psychologist or a hypnotherapist. It's about shifting his mindset when he's going up to serve. Something is entering his head at the moment of the ball toss for him not to commit to it the way that we know he can.'
The former world no. 4 Greg Rusedski stated: 'If I was Dimitrov's coach I would take him down the practice court and hit tons of serves tonight, tomorrow and the next day and just keep on drilling that area. His confidence is shattered because every big point he's hitting double faults and we've seen it for three matches in a row.'
Analyzing his loss, Dimitrov said: 'There's not much to say. I mean, he just came out and played his game and everything was going his way. I think he served well. He did everything well. Just as simple as that. He deserves for sure all the credit for the match. Ubelievable level throughout the whole match. So there was not much for me to do. I tried as hard as I can, but there was no -- couldn't get into a rally too much.'