Dimitrov: I'm here to win

  • Last Updated: July 2 2014, 9:17 BST

Grigor Dimitrov has set his sights on taking away Andy Murray's Wimbledon crown.

Grigor Dimitrov: Beat Murray in Acapulco earlier this season
Grigor Dimitrov: Beat Murray in Acapulco earlier this season

The pair meet in the quarter-finals on Wednesday and, while Murray goes into the clash as a solid favourite, Dimitrov has no fear about taking on the home hero on Centre Court.

It will be his second appearance in the last eight at a grand slam after pushing Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in January.

Dimitrov said: "I'm happy that I'm in the quarter-finals, I'm going to give credit to myself for that. But my job isn't over yet.

"Every tournament I enter is to win the whole event. I think that's the whole point of competing and having those tournaments.

"Of course, it's not an easy task. It's a lot to ask. You're going to be asked a lot of questions from your opponent, so you've got to have the answers.

"So far I think I've been performing on a good level for me. I'm expecting to raise up my level in the next match.

"It's not a new opponent for me. I know him. There's nothing major for me that I need to be aware of.

"I'm going to have another chance on Wednesday to challenge. This is the position I want to be every slam and every tournament, whoever I'm playing. These are the matches I want to play.

"There's nothing better for me. Obviously you've put in so much work, you've been patient enough, all that. So you want to be at that stage."

Murray has not won a tournament or reached a final since winning Wimbledon last year, which is in stark contrast to Dimitrov, for whom all four of his ATP World Tour titles have come since linking up with coach Roger Rasheed in October.

The most recent of those came three weeks ago when he succeeded Murray as the champion at Queen's Club.

He also won a title in Acapulco in March having beaten Murray in the semi-finals - his first ever victory over the Wimbledon champion.

"I think we played a great match," said the 23-year-old Bulgarian. "I think it was one of the best matches for me this year so far.

"I've practised against him many times. We know our games pretty well. That match in Acapulco was a really long and exhausting match. (That was) best of three, it's another thing to play best-of-five sets.

"I think we're both loaded up and ready to come out on that court."

The appointment of Rasheed has been crucial to Dimitrov's progress, particularly the Australian coach's focus on conditioning.

Dimitrov had a reputation as hugely talented but lightweight, and lacking the stamina that marks out the top players in this hugely physical era of men's tennis.

Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport believes that, like with Murray before him, improved physical fitness has helped Dimitrov attain the mental strength needed to compete at the very top level.

"For some people it's always going to be a big challenge and a big hurdle," the HSBC ambassador said.

"I would think that people probably thought Andy Murray was not the most mentally strong person, he had so much pressure on him and he seemed to visibly crack on the court.

"But all of a sudden, by getting stronger, getting fitter, gaining confidence, winning more matches, he started to believe more, and really change that perception.

"For some people it's easier than others, but you can work on it."

Davenport praised Dimitrov's decision to work with Rasheed, who has previously coached Lleyton Hewitt, Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"He's tough as nails," said Davenport. "You hire a coach like that, similar to how Andy Murray hired (Ivan) Lendl, and you know it's not going to be pretty, it's not always going to be fun.

"You know you're going to be expected to give 100 per cent in every practice. Hiring someone like that proves you're up for the challenge.

"I don't think there's anyone that thinks Dimitrov won't win a grand slam, he will eventually. I think this year will probably be a little bit soon, but he's getting there."