Former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov shared an encouraging message to Denmark’s August Holmgren following their clash at the San Diego Open.
Dimitrov, now ranked at No. 29 in the world, saw off world No. 901 Holmgren 6-1 6-1 in the San Diego round-of-16.
Holmgren, who plays college tennis at the University of San Diego, made his ATP debut at the San Diego Open on Thursday.
“What can I say, just keep on going,” Dimitrov told Holmgren on court. “The most important thing is the hard work, it always pays off. For me discipline is one of the most importang things and family… I mean, your roots — just never forget from where you came from. You know, I’m a very proud Bulgarian when i see the flags and I always notice that. When you have that support, you feed off of it and keep on doing the right work, stay on your path, follow your dreams. I mean, everything happens, and you just don’t know where you might have that little opportunity and seize it. You know, tennis is a very tough sport, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. If the body stays healthy you can keep on playing for years and years. I mean, 12-13 years already and I’m still enjoying being out here and that’s fun.”
Holmgren clashed Dimitrov as a lucky loser
Holmgren, who stunned Jordan Thompson in the San Diego qualifying first round, lost to Salvatore Caruso in the final round.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, who had a first round bye in San Diego, pulled out of the Dimitrov clash just hours before the start.
Auger-Aliassime was replaced by Holmgren as the Dane made his ATP debut.
As expected, DImitrov routinely handled the business against Holmgren.
Dimitrov broke Holmgren twice in the first to comfortably win the opener.
Dimitrov was even more dominant in the second set, breaking Holmgren three times to complete a straight-set win.