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It’s about more than the selfish pursuit of ATP ranking points and prize money for Grigor Dimitrov at the Nitto ATP Finals this week. In fact, it’s about more than tennis. For Dimitrov, who is the first player from Bulgaria to qualify for the ATP Finals in the event’s 48-year history, it’s about keeping the dream alive for all of Bulgaria.

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He talked about his feelings on the subject after scoring a three-set win over Dominic Thiem in his debut on Monday.

“It's not only big for me, I think it's for my whole country, for Bulgaria,” he said. “It's great for me to show that everything is possible. You push the boundaries, doesn't matter where you're from, it's all up to you, everything is in your hands. Basically whatever you put in is what you get.”

The 26-year-old was voted the Bulgarian sportsperson of the year in 2014, a year that saw him reach the Wimbledon semifinal, and he’s hoping that his continued growth in the sport will open more doors for his fellow sportsmen and women to walk through.

“I think it's a very special moment for me, but I hope also for the country and I think for the people, just to realize that whatever you put your mind into, if you push those boundaries every day, if you work hard, the sky's the limit. You can dream every day.”

Dimitrov’s dream will continue on Wednesday in London.

“I think the best is yet to come,” he said, speaking about the big picture with his trademark enthusiasm. “I'm super excited for what's ahead.”

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