Bulgarian No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov took part in yet another thrilling encounter on Saturday night in Acapulco, where he defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to lift the Mexican Open title for the first time in his young career.
Dimitrov, 22, came back from a break down in the third set to earn a 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(5) victory over Anderson. It was Dimitrov’s second career-title on the ATP World Tour, and his biggest one to date. It was a tough, gruelling battle, as he needed to withstand 13 aces and 46 winners for the victory in over three hours of court time.
“Belief is the only thing that kept me going today,” said Dimitrov, who had been on court till 2:30am the night before topping Andy Murray in the semi-finals. “I didn’t think I was going to come back after last night’s match. I’m really happy. This title means a lot to me.” Dimitrov, who is projected to rise to No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, added, “Every match I played was really tough, especially the last three where I played three sets.”
Anderson was competing in his second final in as many weeks, after losing to Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the Delray Beach final last weekend. He held a break early in the third set but was unable to maintain his lead, eventually losing the contest in a tiebreaker.
“I enjoyed the week,” said Anderson. “There are a lot of positives, but it’s difficult. I’m going to have to move on and take positives and take belief, because you can get down or get even more motivated…I had my chances, I just didn’t execute them.”
Dimitrov will rise from No. 28 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a projected world No. 16 – a career high for the 22 year old Bulgarian. He will also take home $316,400 for his efforts this week, while Anderson earned $142,650 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points, also rising to a career-high of world No. 17.