Kei Nishikori

Dimitrov seeing only positives in Australian Open loss

Grigor Dimitrov may have come up agonizingly short of making his first Grand Slam final, but he's looking at the bright side.

At 25, he's reached the second major semifinal of his career, and he took Rafael Nadal to five sets — in nearly five hours — before finally losing 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 at the Australian Open.

Plus, he felt fitter than he expected down the stretch, avoiding the cramping that has hobbled him in matches against Nadal in the past.

"It's never easy to lose a match like that," he said. "I'm happy, though, with a lot of things. I'm going to stay positive and keep my head up high."

Dimitrov is off to quite a...