Wimbledon 2014: Grigor Dimitrov hopes to rise to the occasion against Andy Murray
Last Updated: 01/07/14 9:19pm
Grigor Dimitrov says he has the belief to go all the way at Wimbledon as he prepares for his quarter-final with defending champion Andy Murray.
While British No 1 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 only the second time Dimitrov has played in the last eight of a grand slam having also reached that stage at the Australian Open in January.
Every tournament I enter is to win the whole event. I think that's the whole point of competing and having those tournaments.
Despite the Bulgarian’s relative lack of big-match experience, he is taking the higher-profile clashes in his stride.
"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,” the 23-year-old said.
"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.
I've practised against him many times. We know our games pretty well. That match in Acapulco was a really long and exhausting match.
Dimitrov on Murray
"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 reached a final of an ATP tournament since winning Wimbledon last year, a stark contrast to Dimitrov, who has won all four of his titles 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 in Acapulco in March, where he beat Murray in the semi-finals.
Dimitrov added: "I think we played a great match. 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."