Pro tour noobie Grigor Dimitrov will get a proper taste of the men's tour when he takes on Rafa Nadal in the second round in Rotterdam on Thursday.

Rising star to face Rafa in Rotterdam



Originally published on 26/02/10 11:26

Winner of the Wimbledon and US Open Junior tournaments in 2008, 17-year-old prodigy Grigor Dimitrov will face world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Thursday evening.

Bulgarias rising star was given a wild card into the ATP World Tour 500 tournament this week and immediately caused a huge upset on Monday by defeating Czech world No.23 Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Dimitrov is widely regarded as a hot prospect and tipped for great things, and the Bulgarian youngster will be guided every step of the way by the coaching staff at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France.

Dimitrov will be trained by Peter Lundgren, who has coached Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Marat Safin in the past.

Just like stablemate Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (coached by Patrick Mouratoglou), Dimitrov has shown the same kind of potential.

Although his outing against Berdych on Monday was his official ATP World Tour debut, the teenager will undergo his real initiation to the senior game against Nadal on Thursday night.

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