The Bulgarian has been immense in the first week at the All England Club, dropping just 18 games across his opening three matches and is set to provide a stern test of the Swiss’ credentials when the pair lock swords.
However, Dimitrov has lost all five of his previous meetings with the 18-time Grand Slam champion and the pair are set to collide on the latter’s favoured surface.
That doesn’t faze the 13th seed, though, and he’s ready to go toe-to-toe with anyone, including Federer.
When asked if he was confident about beating anyone put in front of him, he said: ‘Well, I hope so.
‘Yeah, I think I’m just really focused on myself right now, on my game. That’s about it. ‘Whatever’s on the other side of the net, I mean, I can’t control it. I can control only what’s on my side, in my team, what I do to prepare myself the best way that I can before the match.
‘So, yeah, I mean, I’m pretty positive. I like my chances.’
Regarding Federer himself, he recognised the enormity of the task he’s facing.
‘Roger has proven himself more than once, twice out here,’ Yeah, we all know what to expect.
‘I’m not going to shy away from Centre Court. I’ve played there before, I’ve won. I know my way now to the Centre Court, which is great, not like the first time I walked out.
‘Yeah, just going to embrace it.’
Article by George Bellshaw