For a player tagged the “Baby Federer”, Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov, his first ATP 1000 series win has been a long time coming. The world number 11 for years has flirted with the big boys in winning the major titles, reaching quarter finals, semifinals and finals without ever imposing himself on the titles.
However in Cicinnatti on Sunday, he defeated enfant terrible of tennis, Nick Krygios in straight sets to put him in good stead ahead of the US Open which kicks off next week Monday. Dmitrov, 26 won 6-4, 7-5 against the Australian who was also looking at winning his first title, which is thr biggest points provider aside the Grand Slams.
World number 23, Krygios had 31 unforced errors in the match to gift the match in the US city, but showed enough promises and good attitude to correct some of the impression people had about him.
He spoke to the crowd after the match about them wanting Dmitrov to win the clash, which the crowd simply laughed off. It showed a sense of maturity for a player that has been termed as “childish”, throwing tantrums and most times giving up on matches when things aren’t going his way.
Speaking after the match, Dmitrov said,
“In the big picture, it means a lot to me,” “I am pretty confident after that. This is what I’ve been practising for. “I’m going to enjoy it for a day or two but then it’s back to the routine and prepare for the US Open.”.
Kyrgios defeated world number two, Rafa Nadal in the quarter finals but showed nothing of that form against Dmitrov, to become the youngest finalist at Cicinnatti since 2009 when Novak Djokovic reached the final. With the second set poised at 5-5, Kyrgios hit his fourth double fault of the match on deuce, and then sent a forehand over the baseline.
Dmitrov will be looking to do well at the US Open so as to be in contention for the ATP World Tour Finals in December, which sees the top 8 male players in the tennis world square up for the season ending finale.