Baby Federer. That’s what we used to call him, the stylish Grigor Dimitrov, with strokes that looked eerily similar to the great Swiss champ’s. But along the line and the years, something happened. His style didn’t change, but his results were “unspectacular” if you will. Brilliance mixed with mediocre. Seemed to get tight when closing out matches. There was the famous meltdown in Turkey in May this year where he broke a couple of racquets and in an embarrassing manner forfeited the match in anger against Diego Schwartzman.
Pressure and disappointment was getting to him, so he needed to start afresh. One step of the way was to hire Berdych’s old coach Daniel Vallverdu. Step 2 was to, after numerous racquet changes, go back to his 93 inch Wilson pro staff with 18×17 string pattern. And voila! Suddenly he is playing well again.
Wilson must be a bit tired of giving him new racquets to test out however. Lots of work was put into releasing his signature model, the thin-beamed and relatively flexible Wilson Pro Staff 97S, but he didn’t end up using the racquet himself for very long and went back to his more trusted 93-inch (that’s not in stores and never has been). He might get less power with that one, but you can already see that he’s more comfortable taking the ball on the rise with confidence and he’s attacking more frequently now. Maybe it has some to do with the racquet, maybe it’s all in the head.
What are Dimitrov’s racquet specs then? Well, he used to play a relatively head-heavy spec with (like most pro’s) a hefty swing weight.
Grigor Dimitrov racquet specs unstrung:
33 cm balance
Those specs and a 93-inch head are not exactly retail friendly specs which would make the racquet a rather hard sell. The Wilson Pro Staff 97S is more user-friendly, but still made for a relatively small user group:
|Head Size: 97 sq. in. / 625.81 sq. cm.|
|Length: 27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g|
|Balance: 13.18in / 33.48cm / 3 pts HL|
|Beam Width: 19.5mm / 19.5mm / 19.5mm /|
|Composition: Braided Graphite|
|Power Level: Low-Medium|
|Stroke Style: Full|
|Swing Speed: Fast|
|Racquet Colors: Black/Red|
|Grip Type: Wilson Leather|
|String Pattern: 18 Mains / 17 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,10T,8H,10H
No Shared Holes
|String Tension: 50-60 pounds|
His strings were (I don’t know the latest configuration – players are more keen on testing new strings than new racquets):
Mains – Wilson Natural Gut 17 @ 25.0 KGS (with a 15% pre-stretch)
Crosses – Luxilon 4G 17 @ 24.0 KGS