Grigor Dimitrov Wins Maiden Masters Title in Cincinnati
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
It took a while, but 26 year old Grigor Dimitrov looks to finally be coming good on his promise as a player. He won his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, and seventh career title overall 6-3 7-5 over Nick Kyrgios. Dimitrov has three titles this season and was dominant on serve in the final against Kyrgios. He only faced two break points, and won over 85% of his service points. Kyrgios had a great run this week though, a complete turnaround from his form earlier this summer, where he looked glum and out of focus. David Goffin, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ivo Karlovic, Rafael Nadal, and David Ferrer were his victims this week, his win over Nadal one of the biggest of his career, and his consistency much improved from what was expected. Ahead of the US Open Kyrgios is looking like a dark horse.
Dimitrov is one of the favorites at this point though, he’s been at his most consistent this year on tour than ever before in his career. He defeated Feliciano Lopez and Juan Martin Del Potro in straights, then Yuichi Sugita and John Isner in the same fashion to reach the final. None of his opposition was elite this week, but with so many players out or struggling for the upcoming US Open, Dimitrov could make a deep run without having the toughest of matches.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the doubles final.