Grigor Dimitrov insists he has recovered from a recent shoulder problem and is ready to compete at this week's Rotterdam Open.

Dimitrov eases injury fears

Dimitrov eases injury fears

The Bulgarian picked up the injury during his run to the quarter-finals of last month's Australian Open and he has not played competitively since the opening Grand Slam of the year, withdrawing from his home event in Sofia due to the problem.

However, the world number four insists he is almost back to full fitness and will be able to compete at this week's tournament in the Netherlands.

He said: 'It (the shoulder) is definitely getting better. I was able to practice for five, six days. Starting to serve a little faster. I’m almost feeling at hundred percent now,' Dimitrov said on Sunday.

Dimitrov has fond memories of playing in Rotterdam, as he secured his first victory on the ATP Tour at the event in 2009 when he beat Tomas Berdych in the first round, although he has never advanced beyond the semi-final stage of the event.

The 26-year-old admits the tournament in Rotterdam is one he would dearly like to win and will kick-start his latest attempt against Yuichi Sugita later this week.

'I hope so. This is always the goal when you enter a tournament,' he added when asked about his hopes of winning in Rotterdam. 'This has been a tournament that has played a big part in my career. This is, for sure, a tournament that I would like to win one day and hopefully its this year.'