"I'm just taking sort of one day at a time. I like that part of the situation, so to speak, that we kind of gotta grind it. That's really what it is, like improvise a lot. I mean, the first week I have played only indoors, for example. This is the most I have spent playing outdoors.
“It's kind of funny, but being on tour for so long, I still have so much to learn and I feel like I'm learning so much about myself in situations like that and conditions like this. I'm very thankful for the situation right now."
On Thursday, the No.18 seed conjured up a straight-sets passage past world No.102 Andrej Martin.
The Slovakian has jigsaw piece shapes on his socks, but couldn’t quite solve the puzzle to defeat Dimitrov’s all-court game in the 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1 contest.
Dimitrov still has a champion in his corner, from afar at least. Back in Las Vegas, Roland-Garros 1999 champion Andre Agassi is having a significant impact on the Bulgarian’s on-court approach.