Budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov picked up the second title in 2014 and his third overall on Sunday afternoon in Bucharest, when he defeated defending champion Lukas Rosol in straight sets to clinch the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy.
Dimitrov is now set to rise to No. 13 in the Emirates ATP rankings, and appears to be brimming with confidence as his skill set continues to develop and expand. The Bulgarian knew he needed to perform on Sunday afternoon to defeat Rosol, and was even more motivated to perform in front of the original world No. 1 Ilie Nastase.
“It feels good to have won,” said Dimitrov. “I lifted my game, not having been having with my previous matches in the tournament. I knew I had to lift my level, especially after the first set. Lukas is a very good winner, who hit some outstanding winners. It was a pleasure to play in front of Ilie Nastase and other greats.
While Dimitrov is happy with his recent success, he admits that this was the goal all along, and that he has been working really hard to start winning ATP World Tour titles on a regular basis.
“I have worked really hard to start winning titles. I have put in enough effort, time and sacrifices to get here.”
Dimitrov received $77,315 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points with his second trophy of the season, after winning his first of the season in Acapulco, Mexico two months ago.
The top ranked Bulgarian is scheduled to compete in the Mutua Madrid Open, which takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain.