Grigor Dimitrov did not hide his disappointment after he lost his Australian Open fourth-round match to Andy Murray on Sunday.
Grigor Dimitrov was honest and upfront after he squandered a golden opportunity to force a fifth and deciding set in his Australian Open loss at the hands of Andy Murray.
With a quarter-final spot up for grabs, Dimitrov led 5-2 in the fourth and was serving for the set before he was steamrolled by Murray, who won the next five games to clinch a thrilling 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 win at Rod Laver Arena.
The fourth-round match could have ended so differently for Dimitrov, who reached the final eight last year in Melbourne, and the 23-year-old was visibly upset afterwards.
"Jinxed or not, when you play a match like that, you don't actually think about anything," Dimitrov told reporters.
"I'm not going to hide my disappointment.
"If you lose you obviously haven't done some things right. You know, I'm happy that I competed at a good level and it takes a player like Andy to beat me like that.
"I'm just disappointed because it's not the result that I wanted. For sure I could have done things better, some things better."
A fifth set seemed a mere formality as Dimitrov, who won just 67 per cent of his first service points throughout, stormed out of the blocks in the fourth by winning the opening three games.
He consolidated the break until he served for the set in the ninth game, which is where all of his problems started.
The young Bulgarian imploded, dropping his serve to hand Murray an avenue back. And the Scot grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
"My serve wasn't at the level that I wanted. I think that sort of made the biggest difference," Dimitrov added.
"If you think about it, it was just one break. You never have a guarantee that, you know, you're going to win the set. I mean, Andy's a great returner, so you always got to pick your spots pretty good.
"If not, you know he's going to get the ball back. Of course, that puts a little bit more pressure on your side."