Dimitrov 'feeling good'

  • Last Updated: June 23 2014, 20:35 BST

A review of the rest of the men's singles action on the opening day of Wimbledon 2014.

Tomas Berdych: Fought back from a set down to win
Tomas Berdych: Fought back from a set down to win

Grigor Dimitrov is confident he now has the right formula to make a major impact on the Grand Slam tournaments after the Queen's Club champion coasted into the second round of Wimbledon.

The 11th-seeded Bulgarian maintained the momentum from his Aegon Championships triumph with a straight-sets 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 6-2 win over American Ryan Harrison.

Dimitrov - ranked world number one as a junior and winner of the 2008 boys title at the All England Club - feels the switch to working with Roger Rasheed, former coach to Lleyton Hewitt, is now starting to pay dividends.

"I am feeling good at the moment, I like the way I am playing right now and am feeling comfortable on court," said 23-year-old Dimitrov, who reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and came into Wimbledon with an ATP ranking of 13.

"Getting in that partnership with Roger Rasheed really helped me out through that tough time last year.

"Coming through the (2013) tournament in Stockholm, obviously that was a good stepping stone for me, my first (ATP) title. That created a big window for us, where we could put in extra work and see our goals in the future.

"We are just going strong. We are not satisfied with less.

"The structure on and off the court is really important, this has brought a lot of discipline, in terms of shot selection, all those things.

"For me it was just a matter of time to learn something about myself more than anything else. It just clicked.

"On the court now I am just playing a better tennis, I am more consistent throughout all the weeks, winning more matches."

The 23-year-old, boyfriend to 2008 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, is being tipped as a dark horse to challenge for Andy Murray's crown.

However, Dimitrov, who next faces Luke Saville of Australia, will take things one step at a time.

"I just won my first match, so I think we are really early on of talking that way, but I think everything is possible," he said.

"I always like to just take one match at a time and one opponent at a time. The rest just, you know, it comes.

"I don't need to put the extra pressure on myself - I just need to focus on how I am playing and the way I am on the court."

The 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych had to fight back from a set down to win his opening match of this year's tournament on Monday.

The big-hitting Czech, beaten by Rafael Nadal in the final four years ago, lost the first set on a tie-break to Romania's Victor Hanescu.

But he stormed back, racing into a 5-0 lead in the second set before pushing on to secure a 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory.

Berdych, who is in the same quarter of the draw as top seed and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic, served 22 aces in total and did not lose his serve in the match.

Seventh seed David Ferrer also dropped a set but lost just two games in the other three as he saw off Pablo Carreno Busta.

The match produced a bizarre scoreline of 6-0 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 6-1 as Ferrer showed few signs of the illness that forced him to miss last week's warm-up event in the Netherlands.

Fernando Verdasco, so nearly the man who ended Andy Murray's Wimbledon dream 12 months ago, was among the seeds to fall on day one, the 18th seed losing to the in-form Australian Marinko Matosevic in four sets.

Andreas Seppi (25) also went out, losing a five-setter to Leonardo Mayer.

Having been two sets to one down, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looked set to survive a scare against Jurgen Melzer but with the Frenchman about to serve for the match at 5-4 in the decider, play was suspended due to rain.