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Alla Zakarian

03-09-2019 | 18:18 Tennis
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Roger Federer speaks about his relationship with Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov has never beaten Roger Federer on a hard court, however, he can attempt to take motivation from the fact that the last time he fell to Federer on the hardcourt at a Grand Slam ahead of his game with Federer in the US Open quarter-finals. Roger Federer previewed his upcoming match at the US Open against Dimitrov. "I practised with him in Cincy", said Federer. "He was the guy I practised with first when I just came off the plane. Know Grigor very well. He's a good friend of mine. It was fun having him also at the Laver Cup last time around. I spent a week there with him. I'm happy that things are going better for him after he won Cincinnati a couple of years ago now, last year, a couple of years ago I guess it is now. “Also the World Tour Finals. He had a bit of a slump. This is the big quarters for him, obviously with an opportunity against me. I'm aware of the fact it's a big match for him. Yeah, I've done well against him in the past. But new match, new Grigor, new me again. I don't know where we're going to be, if it's day or night, all that stuff. But I like watching him. I like playing against him. Of course, when we play, it's as close as it gets to being a similar playing style. I think for both of us it's cool to play one another." Federer and Dimitrov faced each other seven times with the Basel native always prevailing.

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