To close out the year, the ATP Finals was held, where the top eight tennis players of the world meet, as chosen by their ATP ranking. The 2017 edition was attended by: Federer, Dimitrov, Zverev, Nadal (replaced by Pablo Carreño due to injury), Goffin, Thiem, Sock and Cilic. Tennis players that began to show their talent since last Monday at London’s O2 Arena. Although there were some big absences due to injury, there was indeed a magnificent tournament.
This tournament’s revelation was the champion himself, Grigor Dimitrov, ranked number six in the world, he reached his first ATP Finals. Depleted by the pressures of the game, he did not look like anyone’s favorite but made his way among the best in the world nevertheless.
In the group stage the bulgarian beat his opponents, the number four Dominic Thiem, Goffin and Pablo Carreño. Undefeated, he reached the semifinals, where he faced Jack Sock; the american was no walk in the park, but Dimitrov gave us a preview of his level and surpassed him. He had a bad start, but after he turned it around, the final scores were 4-6, 6-0 and 6-3.
The final was like a dream, he got it, he kept his undefeated streak. In the final he met an old acquaintance, Goffin, a tennis player already defeated in the group stage, but now things promised to be more difficult. Both gave an extraordinary performance this Sunday, the final scores were 7-5, 4-6 and 6-3, enough for Dimitrov to win title. Thus he becomes the first man in 19 years to win the ATP finals in his debut.
That was not the only prize he took home. With this victory, Grigor Dimitrov raised £ 1.9 million in cash prizes for staying undefeated in the tournament: three games in the group stage, in addition to the semifinal and the final. Moreover, he will finish the year with an excellent world record, since he will climb up to the number three spot, thanks to his title victories in Brisbane, Bulgaria, Cincinnati and, of course, the Nitto ATP Finals.
“I think throughout the whole week, I’ve been keeping a good level. Yeah, I knew that David is going to try something new. He had to be aggressive in order so he doesn’t let me play my game,” said Dimitrov after becoming champion.
So a new edition of the ATP Finals comes to an end, this time with a surprise and a new chapter for the champion.