World no. 28 Grigor Dimitrov (Player Bio) turned around the encounter against top seed David Ferrer (Player Bio) to capture his maiden ATP title at IF Stockholm Open 2013. The young Bulgarian featured in second career final in Swedish capital today after losing the Brisbane title clash to Andy Murray earlier this year.
The ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament finalists created sixteen break points between them in the opener, four of them were converted. Seed number seven Dimitrov was the one who struggled more on his serve as he barely held the opening game before dropping three consecutive service games, allowing Ferrer to wrap up the set backed with a double break cushion.
As opposed to the previous set, the second set serving left little to be desired with Ferrer escaping a break point threat to make it 2-2 before giving away a vital serve in the eighth game. Dimitrov did not hesitate to put the set away as he held to love to square things up. The Bulgarian prospect was walking on thin ice early in the decider where he was forced to defend three break points to remain in the contest by 3-3, but he stunned the Spanish number two in the subsequent game where he stole his serve in second attempt. Dimitrov consolidated the break and never looked back – he converted his first career championship point to complete a comeback and seal a historic 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph.
The Spanish number two will be disappointed over conceding 33 unforced errors, whilst his attack-minded opponent scored 43 winners over the course of the Stockholm final. Dimitrov improved the head-to-head score to 1-3 and is to be promoted to 22nd spot in the next week’s ATP Rankings.
“It’s one of my biggest wins,” delighted Dimitrov commented on his success. “To beat a top guy in a final. It’s a great feeling and it’s good for your mental state. You know you can hang with these guys and the next time you play against them, especially in the Grand Slams, you will be better prepared.”