Dimitrov gets back-to-back top 10 wins en route to Brisbane title

Dimitrov beats 3 top 10 opponents in consecutive matches en route to Brisbane title.

Dimitrov beats 3 top 10 opponents in consecutive matches en route to Brisbane title.

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A summary of Grigor Dimitrov’s career so far

Top 20 player, Grigor Dimitrov, has been cited by many from time to time, as the probable next big thing in tennis. He has always gained admiration for his playing style that to some good extent resembles that of Roger Federer. He has been getting a lot of attention for couple or more years now. He achieved his career-high ranking of 8 in August, 2014. After that he would find it difficult to maintain his ranking.  After a lackluster 2015 and half of 2016 he would find his ranking to be as low as no. 40 in the world. After that, he did work on returning to the top 20. He finished the 2016 season with an ATP rank of no. 17.

Dimitrov ends his title drought with Brisbane International 2017 title

Dimitrov returned to his best form last week at Brisbane International. He defeated three top 10 players en route to winning the title, namely, Dominic Thiem (ATP Rank 8), Milos Raonic (ATP Rank 3) and Kei Nishikori (ATP Rank 5).

Here are the results of his matches against top 10 opponents at Brisbane International 2017:

Quarter-final: Girgor Dimitrov vs. Dominic Thiem (ATP Rank 8)

Result: Girgor Dimitrov defeats Dominic Thiem 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Semi-final: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Milos Raonic(ATP Rank 3)

Result: Grigor Dimitrov defeats Milos Raonic 7-6(7), 6-2.

Final: Girgor Dimitrov vs. Kei Nishikori (ATP Rank 5)

Result: Grigor Dimitrov vs Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

He won a title for that first time after his Queen’s Club title in June of 2014. So, he brought an end to a title drought that lasted approximately 2 years and a half. He won the 5th title of his career. And, he did so in the most impressive manner with good wins against top players some of whom are considered as good candidates to go deep at the Oz Open. He did get some of the biggest wins of his career this week. That should be a relief to all Dimitrov fans.

He seems to be playing his usual game but with more zip on his forehand side. His forehand looked really good at times in the matches.

He has jumped up two places in the rankings to be no. 15 now.

Quoting the champ – Dimitrov

Dimitrov is quite satisfied with his week-1 results. He is pleased that his hard work has already started to give him results.

He said,” It is one of the big moments for me,”

“It’s been quite a few months for me on and off the court. I think that was an emotional win for me, but at the same time, it wasn’t unexpected. I have put in the work. I think I have learned a lot. I have gone through some serious work and I have just been working on myself on and off the court.”

“I think at some point, things need to start giving back to you a little bit. I just feel that I feel fortunate enough to be in the final, to be so healthy and to being obviously in such a shape. But at the same time, I’m pretty humbled, because I have set myself quite high goals for the first six months and one of them was actually to win a tournament. And it happened during the first week of the year, which makes things definitely look a lot more positive for me.”

Certainly, he is in the very best frame of mind; neither too ahead of himself nor too indifferent about his success.

Looking ahead

Dimitrov, by overcoming some top players at Brisbane International 2017 and winning the title has proved that he too is one of the guys to be watched out for at the Oz Open. He might not be a clear favourite but is poised to make some upsets this time around. His game is revamped and should be a good contender throughout most of the 2017 season if he stays focused.

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