This year’s international tennis has all been about the two tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. After the departure of various big names from the international circuit due to severe illness and injuries these tennis greats grabbed their chance and were too dominant on their counterparts which lacked experience and charisma like the above mentioned. This whole scenario went through the year as these both went on to win all four coveted grand slams of this year. Even they went on to win the most part of the ATP 1000 masters’ tournaments with total domination over their rivals. Same was expected from these legends in the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals in London, which is the final showdown of the calendar year 2017 and one of the most prestigious titles in international tennis.
Both of these men started the tournament on a higher note by winning their starting matches against their opponents after which the speculations started to begin whether they would get to witness another ‘FEDAL’ showdown in the Finals. But something different was written in the fate, as one of the major upsets of the tournament occurred and both men were sent packed by the Belgian player David Goffin. Goffin outsmarted Nadal in the earlier stage of the tournament and then Federer in the Semis to face Grigor Dimitrov in the finals.
Career defining moment for Grigor Dimitrov
Against the expectations of the doubters both the men produced a thrilling match for the audience on Sunday. The final was nothing short of an enthralling match against two rivals playing for the first in such a big tournament finals. The crowd was cheering both the players after each volley and each point in the game. Dimitrov played best of his game and outsmarted Goffin by 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. It was the longest ever final after 1978 in this tournament.
A tearful Goffin after the match said “It was a very good but tough week for me I played a lot of tennis and happy with the way I played. I lost to him in the earlier stages of the tournament and it was difficult for me to bounce back.”
Although he lost the tournament still he showed why he is being termed as the new thing in this sport. After the match, Dimitrov quoted “It’s so nice when you achieve something like this when you’re from a country like mine”. This win awarded him $2.5m and 1500 rating points. He is now the 3rd ranked tennis player in the world.
After such a fruitful season it will be good to see how he performs in the New Year and continues his impressive form in the upcoming tournaments.