Grigor Dimitrov closed the 2017 ATP season with the biggest victory of his career, defeating David Goffin, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, to capture the crown at the ATP Finals.
Here’s more on the talented Bulgarian, who on Monday rose from a previous career-high of No. 6 to a new career-best perch of No. 3:
The Grigor Dimitrov File
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Current Rank: 3
Career-High Rank: 3 (November 2017)
Best US Open Finish: 4R (2014)
- Dimitrov posted a perfect 5-0 record at the ATP Finals. He edged Dominic Thiem and rolled past Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta in the group stage, then ousted Jack Sock in a three-set semifinal and held off Goffin in the final. In doing so, he became the first man to win the ATP Finals in his debut since Alex Corretja in 1998.
- The ATP Finals was Dimitrov’s fourth title of the season and the eighth of his career. This year he also won Brisbane, Sofia and the US Open Series event in Cincinnati, which was the first Masters 1000 championship of his career. Prior to Brisbane, he had not won a title since Queen’s Club in 2014.
- Dimitrov was a much-heralded junior star nicknamed Baby Fed for his talent and the resemblance of his game to Roger Federer’s. He climbed to No. 1 in the world junior rankings in 2008, when he won both the Wimbledon and US Open boys’ titles, before turning his attention to the professional ranks.
- Dimitrov experienced some early success as a pro and appeared on the verge of breaking into the game’s upper echelon in 2014, when he won three titles, reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the semifinals at Wimbledon, and finished the season at No. 11 in the world. But he struggled to capitalize on that momentum, dropping to No. 40 midway through 2016.
- At that time, he teamed with current coach Dani Vallverdu, which seemed to re-energize Dimitrov’s game. He climbed to No. 17 by the end of 2016 and enjoyed a career year in 2017. In addition to his four titles this year, the former phenom pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets in the Australian Open semifinals, reached the final in Stockholm and advanced to the semis at Queen’s Club and in Beijing.
They Said It!
“This makes me even more locked in, more excited about my work, and for what's to come. It's a great platform for me to build on for next year. It's going to be amazing in the off-season. I know what I have to do in order to do good.” – Dimitrov, after winning the 2017 ATP Finals, looking ahead to 2018