Dimitrov Ends Title Drought, Wins Brisbane Over Rune

by Staff | January 7th, 2024, 3:36 pm

After over six years, Grigor Dimitrov is finally back in the win column after a terrific week in Brisbane capped by a 7-6(5), 6-4 Sunday over top seed Holger Rune. It was the 32-year-old’s first title since the 2017 ATP Finals, and he fell to the court in relief after the win.

“It’s been a while since I’ve held one of these,” Dimitrov said on court.

Despite a 12-year age gap between the two, Dimitrov powered past the Dane with eight aces, never lost serve despite finishing just 1-for-9 on break chances. Just seven points separated the two in the match.

“I think playing against the top players, way younger than me as well, it’s a very good way for me to see where I’m at. I think this is, in a way, where I’m most proud,” Dimitrov said.

“Of course a win is a win, a title is a title, but I think seeing where I’m at is way more important.

Dimitrov captures his 9th career title. This was his 17th career final, first since 2022 Paris Indoors. This was his second Brisbane crown after 2013.

“My love affair started 11 years ago here in Brisbane and it continues,” Dimitrov said on court.

“I’m very thankful that I’m still able to stand in front of you guys and lift that trophy again, it means a lot to me for many different reasons.”

He has now won 19 of his last 24 matches.

Rune was seeking his 5th career title, first since 23 Munich (d Van De Zandschulp). This was his 9th career final.

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2 Comments for Dimitrov Ends Title Drought, Wins Brisbane Over Rune

Telperion Says:

Well done, Grigor! It wasn’t fair to a player of his talent to fade into obscurity so soon and never lift a trophy again. Hopefully he has more to say in this late stage of his career.

Alison hodge Says:

The phase style over substance comes to mind

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