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Exhausted Dimitrov battling shoulder injury, could miss Sofia Open

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian world number three Grigor Dimitrov faces a race against time to get fit to defend his title at the Sofia Open after shoulder pain and exhaustion prevented him from practicing.

“I underwent a medical examination in Monaco yesterday,” Dimitrov told a news conference in Sofia ahead of the Feb. 5 - 12 tournament.

”I didn’t feel well, I felt pain in my shoulder.

“I’m expecting the results in the coming days and I hope that I’ll be able to fight again but I don’t want to make promises. I never want to play in a tournament if I’m not 100 percent fit.”

Tennis - Australian Open - Quarterfinals - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 23, 2018. Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria serves against Kyle Edmund of Britain. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Dimitrov, who suffered a shock defeat by unseeded Briton Kyle Edmund in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this week, said that fatigue was also a factor in his failure to reach the Melbourne Park semi-finals.

“I played some tough matches in Australia and I got tired,” the 26-year-old, who won the biggest title of his career at last year’s season-ending ATP Finals in London, said.

“I had only one week rest after the end of last season... (and) ... you just can’t go against your body.”

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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