Grigor Dimitrov has finally won a major tournament. While his win at the ATP World Tour Finals saw him bypass matches against Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, Dimitrov’s achievement cannot go unnoticed. This is an enormous victory for the 26 year old. Since his announcement as a player of exceptional talent in 2012, it has been far too long since he has put together a run of form which can see him placed amongst the game’s elite. His consistency and tenacity have been questioned and he has finally proved that he can be the leading light of the next generation of tennis’ elite.
This season has been a remarkable one. What began with a startling win in Brisbane in January this year and a terrific run at the Australian Open which was only halted by the brutal consistency of Nadal, has ended with an emphatic win in London. If Dimitrov’s season was a book, with January on the cover and November on the blurb it would be a global best seller. However despite the brilliance he has displayed at these events, the in between period has been up and down to say the least. While he won two titles in Sofia and Cincinnati he disappointed at the US Open and especially at Wimbledon in July. At SW19 Federer demolished the Bulgarian in three sets on Centre Court, outclassing him in every facet of play. He failed to live up to his burdensome billing of Baby Fed even if Federer went on to win the tournament without dropping a set.
However his recovery from the disappointment of that defeat was impressive. Rather than allowing it to knock his confidence as it may have done in previous seasons, the mental toughness that he has gained over his career came to the fore. To finish the season by winning the most prestigious title of his career is a remarkable ending and one made even sweeter by winning $2,549,000 this week.
With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic expected to come back from injury 2018 looks like it will be a far more challenging season, but if he wants to establish himself as a household name he will need beat those legends of the sport and win a Grand Slam. He will have to call upon all of his ability, focus and tenacity in order to do so but it is certainly an achievable target with the fabled Top Four finally starting to bow to age.