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Divining Maria Sharapova's message to Grigor Dimitrov before his big upset

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2j3txXP2q0&feature=youtu.be

After upsetting Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open on Tuesday, Grigor Dimitrov said he was inspired by a "few words" from his girlfriend (believed to be Maria Sharapova, of course) that he'll "remember definitely for the rest of my life." Dimitrov wouldn't divulge what was said, but that's where you and I come in.

Photos: Dimitrov hits the deck

What did Sharapova tell her 21-year-old beau before the biggest professional victory of his career? Here are my best guesses, followed by yours via Twitter.

• "Whatever you do, don't double-fault on the big points. Trust me. I've used that tactic and it just never works."

• "Be sure to slide around like you're a cow on ice. It worked for me. I won the French Open."

• "One word, two syllables: Shrieking."

• "If you win, I'll let you tell all of your friends that we're dating. Just kidding -- no, I won't. But I'll at least think about it."

• "Look, it's not like you're playing Serena. Novak is totally beatable."

• "No Sugarpova if you lose. End of story."


Here are some of the best responses from Twitter:

@anna_tennisfan sent along this video (click to the 2:19 mark):

@thedoublebagel: "Win this match and I'll give you a new Porsche every year for the rest of your life."

@PoorJan: "Do as I say, not as I do (or don't do)." #BeatNumber1Seed

@onurakmeric: "Do you remember this Greg?"

@tjco5: "Where did you put my tennis bag, not that one, the Nike one, no the other Nike one -- is it in my Porsche? By the way, good luck."

@bellyflopz: "Hey Sasha. I mean, Grigor."

@DamirHot: "Just hit the crap out of the ball every time you get a racket on it. Patience is for losers."

@thirty_fifteen: "Don't forget, he's extremely injured."

@chaitu341: "You will be sleeping on the couch if you lose."

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