Grigor Dimitrov capped the best season of his career by qualifying for his first ATP Finals event, and the Bulgarian couldn’t be happier.
“I can’t hide my smile,” Dimitrov said. “I’m pretty pleased to be out here. For sure it’s a dream come true for me. In the past I’ve missed qualifying by one spot. It’s always been a goal of mine to come out here and perform. The arena is pretty special and they take such good care of you here. It’s a great reward. I’m so happy and super humbled.”
Dimitrov goes into London ranked a career-high No. 6 with a chance at finishing No. 3 if he wins the tournament. This year he made the Australian Open semifinals and won three titles including his first Masters at Cincinnati.
“My overall performance the whole year has been pretty good,” said Dimitrov. “I have been more consistent, which is the key for me. Also, winning Cincinnati propelled me to do even better and I was fighting throughout every tournament I played. I had good discipline the whole year and ultimately I reached this goal. But I didn’t change anything major.”
Dimitrov opens Monday in his debut against Dominic Thiem in the Pete Sampras group. They’ve split two meetings this year.
“I’ve played a few times against Dominic,” said Dimitrov. “He’s one of the best players. To be here, you’ve obviously done something right. I’m looking forward to the match. It’s cool to be here at the end of the year and play your last matches against the top players. I already had my first hit on the court and I think it’s going to be a great match.”
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