Top seed Grigor Dimitrov obtained his third ATP title by defeating Lukas Rosol in the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy 2014 today. The unseeded Czech thus failed to retain the Bucharest crown as his nine-match winning streak at the World Tour 250 event came to an end this afternoon.
The 22-year-old Bulgarian wasted no time on the clay court in the Romanian Capital and stole the opponent’s serve in the very first attempt, but Rosol replied instantly to convert on the second of his break points in the third game. While the level of excitement dropped after that, Dimitrov did try to wrap up the opener before the tie-break. He thus created four break points at 6-5, yet World no. 43 Slovak escaped the danger each time. However, the highest-ranked Bulgarian controlled the proceedings in the thirteenth game where he stormed to a 5-0 lead before capitalizing on the set point number two.
The top seed, who did not surrender a single set en route to the title clash, broke instantly in the second set and never looked back. He built a double break cushion by 4-1 and ended Rosol’s misery with another love break to win their first meeting on the tour 7-6 (2), 6-1 in eighty-one minutes. He helped his cause today by scoring 4 aces (Rosol 1) and prevailing in 84% of the first serve rallies. This is the second tournament the all-time best Bulgarian tennis player has conquered this season after lifting the Acapulco trophy a couple of months ago. Dimitrov was given $77,315 in prize money in addition to gaining 250 ATP points and will be promoted to No. 13 in the ATP Rankings next week.