Pundits and fans have been waiting a long time for Dimitrov to fulfill his prodigious promise. Their satisfaction was deferred until 2014, when Dimitrov rose as high as No. 8 and made us believe he could go even higher.
Dimitrov showed excellent versatility last year, winning titles on all three major surfaces: Hard courts (Acapulco), clay (Bucharest) and grass (Queen’s Club). His other highlight was a quarterfinal win at Wimbledon over local hero and defending champion, Andy Murray, who he also defeated in the Acapulco semifinals.
But the most impressive thing about Dimitrov’s year was his consistency. He lost his opening-round match on only two occasions, an outstanding display by any player, particularly one so young. With time on his side, Dimitrov set himself up beautifully to make his final push into the elite company of Grand Slam champions.