In a nail biting turn of events, Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov defeated David Goffin to clinch the ATP World Tour Finals, making him the first debutant to win the title in almost two decades.
The Bulgarian player held his own in the match despite intense pressure to prove himself. Dimitrov has in the past been dubbed “Baby Fed” on account of his style. This style, tennis fans state, is similar to that of world tennis champion Roger Federer.
Dimitrov has faced other obstacles since he was also the beau of another world tennis champion, Maria Sharapova. As such, Dimitrov has never managed to make his way out of the shadows, this combined with the fact that he has preferred to play the field instead of playing the court means that critics have long since written him off.
However, in the past year, Dimitrov has been making what appears to be a bit of a comeback. A comeback that managed to bring him to a historical win. The sixth seed will now take his place of honor just beneath Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, making him third in the rankings.
Speaking of the event, the 26 year old stated that it had been a “tremendous two weeks”. He added that it was “an honor” to play at the finals and that he was completely speechless at the win.
While both players struggled to hold the serve at the start of the competition, they certainly managed to hold their own. However, both sides made a string of errors betraying the fact that both players were nervous about the outcome of the match. Goffin was aiming high after a win over current world number one, Rafael Nadal and a rather stupendous effort against second seed, Roger Federer.
However, after three consecutive breaks, Goffin managed to hold his serve moving ahead to a score of 3-1. Ultimately though Goffin managed to land only 42 percent of his first serves during the first set. He also made a string of unforced errors. His nerves of steel, which had served him well while beating Federer, were nowhere in sight. Thus, while Goffin attempted to hold himself steady, he somehow fell short.
The Belgian attempted to be amicable about the defeat and declared that it had been a “special week”.
His week, however, will not be as grand as Dimitrov’s who has managed to prove to the world that he is no longer a “Baby Fed” but a tennis giant in his own right.