Grigor Dimitrov makes an impression with win in Brisbane, week before Australian Open

Grigor Dimitrov after his 6-3, 7-5 victory over Dane Holger Rune in Brisbane on Sunday, January 7, 2023.

So what if the 2024 season marks the big return of “Baby Fed”? Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov dominated Dane Holger Rune (8to World) in the final of the ATP 250 tournament held in Brisbane on Sunday, January 7, at the end of a very close match (7-6, 6-4).

No. 2 seed (14to World player) beat his younger brother (20 years old) to reach the 1st place and thus had an excellent start to the season. Above all, the 32-year-old confirmed his current form with a spectacular end to the 2023 season: the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, followed by the final in Paris. He promises to be one of the foreigners to watch at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, which starts on January 14.

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Dimitrov, who has been frequently compared to Roger Federer since his debut in the professional league, from whom he has never hidden his stylistic inspiration, showed off his shot diversity on Sunday, starting with a one-handed backhand. After the first set, in which two players had to take turns saving break points, the decisive game quickly turned to the elders’ advantage.

In the second set, Dimitrov, firmer and more inspired than his stormy opponent, had to do it four times to manage to catch his serve at 4-3. The Bulgarian player never worried about the game again. Rune saved the first two match points before collapsing in the third. Dimitrov also collapsed, literally overcome with emotion.

With this victory in the Antipodes, the Bulgarian offers himself 9th placeto He captured the title of his career and ended a drought that had lasted more than six years. His final trophy dates back to the year-end Masters in 2017 (which brought together the season’s top eight players).

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