The obvious ways to win a tennis match is to serve big, use forehands well to control the rallies from baseline or nets, make your opponent feel the heat, as soon as the opportunity arrives hit the net. But you will rarely see a match the way Dimitrov outclassed his opponent in just 85 minutes.
Yes, Dimitrov did all the above-mentioned ways but the shot that won him the biggest win of his career was with a backhand slice that touched the net and made it impossible for Kyrgios to even dream of going for the shot. Above all, it was Kyrgios himself who should be blamed for the way he played. Yes, he did hit 21 winners but made as many as 31 errors. It was unfortunate for fans that they didn’t have the opportunity to see a running forehand winner of Dimitrov. But nevertheless, the kind of tennis that he produced to win his first ATP 1000 masters was simply remarkable. He won the tournament without dropping a single set in the entire tournament and became only the second player after Djokovic to achieve this feat.
In the tournament, he won 52 service games out 53. Now that tells you the whole story but having said that 3 out of top 4 were absent from the tournament as they all were nursing some or the other injury and Nadal being outclassed by Kyrgios in the Quarter finals, the road became little easy for him. However, the kind of tennis that he produced in the entire tournament has surely put him in contention for the US Open if not favorite.
The Bulgarian showed his emotions after winning the title. Soon after the completion of the match after a prolonged hug with his opponent, Kyrgios, he beamed at his coach named Dani Vallverdu who has put in a lot of inputs taking his game forward. Neither Kyrgios nor Dimitrov ever in their career played in a 1000 Masters Title match before this match. Dimitrov road was comparatively easy then his opponent who kicked out Goffin, Nadal and Ferrer to reach the finals while Dimitrov surpassed the challenge presented by John Isner and Juan Martin Del Potro. He will take a lot of positives and momentum going to the last slam of the year. He advanced till semi finals at the Australian Open earlier this year and this was his 3rd title of the year. This has to be thus far the best year of Dimitrov’s tennis career. After this match, he is back in the top 10. If Dimitrov isn’t Federer then he is definitely not a baby anymore.
Article by Navneet