London: Eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov is hoping a successful Wimbledon will help consign to history some of the unwanted nicknames he has been given in his career.
The Bulgarian was handed the `Baby Fed` tag because he is similar in playing style to seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and has also been labelled `Mr Sharapova` due to his off-court relationship with French Open champion Maria.
However, after using up every ounce of effort to down dangerous Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3) 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1 in the third round on Friday, Dimitrov said it was time to be known for his tennis performances alone.
"I think I`ve grown through all the nicknames by now," he told reporters. "It`s time for everyone to kind of come up with something better.
"I think all those things are starting to fade away. I`m proving myself not only as a player but as a person outside of the court so to me that`s much more valuable," said Dimitrov.
"I want to create my own legend, my own trademarks."
After losing the first set on a tiebreak, Dimitrov rallied in the second but his opponent, who has never gone past the third round at Wimbledon, produced a crunching forehand to seal the third.
The 23-year-old levelled in the fourth set before Dolgopolov capitulated in the fifth as the Bulgarian reeled off six straight games.
"It was a good fight throughout the match," said Dimitrov who claimed his fourth career title and his first on grass at the prestigious Queen`s Club event in London earlier this month.
"Alex is a tricky opponent. My game wasn`t at the best level today.
"The only thing I could do was just stay in the match and fight with every chance I had."
Dimitrov, the first Bulgarian male to reach the fourth round, plays Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the last 16 – an opponent he has never played before.
"I haven`t seen any of him," he said. "The one thing is I`m not planning on underestimating my opponent, whoever I`m playing.
"I`m focused only on my game and how I`m going to bounce back from that match today."