Saving a match point in the third set tiebreak, Viktor Troicki won his second straight Apia International Sydney title on Saturday, coming from a set down to defeat Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(7).
“It’s great to win again, second year in a row,” Troicki said. “This was my third [Sydney] final, second title, and it’s a great feeling. It’s great to win at the start of the year, to start the year with such confidence.”
The 29-year-old Troicki, who lost to Dimitrov last week in Brisbane, improved to 3-5 in career finals, while Dimitrov fell to 4-3.
“It’s never easy losing from a match point,” said Dimitrov, who held match point at 7-6 in the breaker but didn’t win another point. “It’s in the game. Obviously it was Viktor’s day today. I think everything was pretty much going on his side…It’s been a while for me to be in a final. I think even early on I was nervous, but I still played good tennis.”
It was the first title for Troicki since this time last year, and he becomes the first defending champ in Sydney since James Blake (2006-07).
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