CINCINNATI, August 21, 2017
Grigor Dimitrov clinched the biggest title of his career, securing his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. The 26-year-old Bulgarian beat Aussie Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 in Sunday’s final of the Western & Southern Open for his third ATP World Tour crown of the year, adding to titles in Brisbane and Sofia.
Dimitrov did not drop a set all week, becoming the first first-time Masters 1000 winner to do so since Novak Djokovic in Miami 2007.
“I’m just happy and I’m humbled to have that trophy in my hands, and especially to win here, my first Masters 1000. It’s just amazing. I always like this tournament,” Dimitrov said.
“Going to the Open, it’s for sure a lot of positivity with it, but the most important thing now is just to stay grounded, keep on doing the same work, believe in myself, and just prepare the best way that I can for the Open.”
Kyrgios, who had struggled with hip and shoulder injuries during the past two months, enjoyed one of the best weeks of his career in reaching his first Masters 1000 final.
“Looking back from where I was a couple weeks ago, I would have never thought I would have had my first Masters 1000 final. So I’m pretty happy with the result. From where I was to being here, it’s just been amazing… I’m feeling good. I’m pretty excited for the US Open. I’m just happy, being out there and getting some wins again,” Kyrgios told.
Frenchmen Take Doubles Title
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut captured their second straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, completing the Montreal-Cincinnati double.
The Frenchmen have now claimed six of the nine Masters 1000 titles, adding to victories in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Montreal.
“We’re having a good run…It’s our second straight title in Cincinnati and we’re looking forward to a third at the US Open… It’s an amazing run we’re having,” Herbert said.
“It was good to play in front of many fans today…I think Jamie and Bruno played really great tennis all the week and today….It was really, really close, but was on our side today,” Mahut added.