Making a mark on your debut appearance in a prestigious tournament like the ATP Finals can be a daunting prospect. Some of the greatest stars in the world of tennis have struggled to make much of an impact in such a scenario, indicating the complexity involved. However, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov managed to achieve this unique distinction in the 2017 edition of the ATP Finals. Dimitrov became the first debutant to win the season-ending championship since Àlex Corretja in 1998. The Bulgarian started his campaign against Dominic Thiem who is a proven campaigner, pulling off a comprehensive 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 win. Dimitrov maintained the momentum in his remaining group matches against David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta, recording (6-0, 6-2) and (6-1,6-1) wins respectively. The Bulgarian was high on confidence and the same reflected in his semi-final encounter against Jack Sock, as he pulled off a stunning comeback to register a (4-6, 6-0, 6-3) win. Dimitrov faced off against Goffin in the final, who had managed to get the better of Roger Federer in a fine performance. However, the Bulgarian threw caution to the wind, sealing a stunning triumph in a statement of intent.
Dimitrov was called ‘Baby Federer’ at one point in time, due to the similarities in gameplay between the two players. The Bulgarian had lost seven out of eight matches before the quarter-final against the legendary tennis player. He further entered the match with a 1-10 record against players inside the top 10 of the ATP rankings at grand slams. However, none of it mattered on the night as Dimitrov stunned Federer 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, advancing to his first semi-final in Flushing Meadows. The Bulgarian maintained his ground on the baseline while at the same time, ensuring great variety to keep the 20-time major winner from getting into a groove.
Grigor Dimitrov plays with the Wilson Pro Staff 97S, which was introduced by the Wilson Pro Room Team after discussions with the player himself. Dimitrov’s mains are Natural gut, and his crosses are Luxilon 4G. While Dimitrov’s first racquet was Yonex, he switched to Wilson in his early days as a tennis player in 2007.
|Head Size||97 square inches|
|Balance Point||3pts Head Light|
|Construction||19.5mm Straight Beam|
|String Pattern||18 mains x 17 crosses|