Grigor Dimitrov Meltdown Gives Diego Schwartzman His First Career ATP Title
by Staff | May 1st, 2016, 3:28 pm

Up a set and a 5-2 Grigor Dimitrov was in full control of the Istanbul final against big underdog Deigo Schwartzman, headed toward his fifth career ATP title. But funnier things have happened, and a short while later it was Schwartzman holding up the trophy after winning 11 of the last 12 games for a 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-0.

“I started cramping at 5-2 in the second set,” said Dimitrov. “It was very unfortunate that I couldn’t close out the match. I have to give credit to Diego.

“I have two big events coming up and hope that I can face one of the top guys there. There will be some altitude in Madrid and I won’t have much time to get ready, but I like it there.”

Why would Dimitrov want to face the top guys is puzzling since he couldn’t keep it together against the 87th ranked Schwartzman?

“It was a tough day for Grigor. He’s a big player,” Schwartzman said.

“I’m really happy. I don’t know what happened. It’s like a dream now. My first final, my first title, here in Istanbul. My best week.”

And the Bulgarian finished the match with flare defaulting a game down 0-5 in the third due to a third racquet abuse violation to give the match to the Argentine.

“I let my family down. I let my team down,” Dimitrov said. “For that kind of behavior which I’m definitely apologizing for.

“It’s all my fault. There’s not much I can say.”

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3 Comments for Grigor Dimitrov Meltdown Gives Diego Schwartzman His First Career ATP Title

jalep Says:

Solid apology from Grigor. Would like a little more remorse in his tone; but okay.

Well done, Diego Schwartzman winning the title! 🏆👋

MMT Says:

Terrible behavior from Dimitrov, inexcusable the way he took all the attention away from the champion, and robbed the audience of a proper end to the match.

To answer your question in the post, the reason why he looks forward to playing the top guys is precisely because he has less pressure when doing so. Nobody expected Schwartzman to win, therefore the minute he encountered the possibility of blowing that big league, he began to feel the pressure and choke.

Against a top player, he will be under less pressure to do so: nobody will ask why he can’t beat [ENTER NAME OF TOP 10 PLAYER] because it will be obvious, and therefore no shame in losing.

My theory is that he has struggled every since he changed his racquet at the end of 2014 – up until then he was using Federer’s model (just 5 square inches larger), but then he began to experiment with his current racquet and all three of the forehand, backhand and serve have lost bite and depth along the way. He ought to consider going back to the old stick and doing a paint job.

andrew Says:

Exactly Diego won fair and square Grigor got nervous and tight tired of the excuses. Diego fights hard wins his first ATP title and Dimitrov is a jerk!

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