Dimitrov beats Ferrer for maiden title in Stockholm|
Stockholm, Sweden (SportsNetwork.com) - Grigor Dimitrov took down top-seeded
David Ferrer in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday.
The seventh-seeded Dimitrov rallied past Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim the
first title of his career.
Dimitrov became the first Bulgarian to win an ATP World Tour title in the Open
Era (since 1968). The 22-year-old also became the eighth first-time winner
this year and the second-youngest.
"It's one of my biggest wins. To beat a top guy in a final. It's a great
feeling and it's good for your mental state," Dimitrov said. "You know you can
hang with these guys and the next time you play against them, especially in
the Grand Slams, you will be better prepared.
"Even if I would have lost the match, the most important thing was to test
myself to the limits and try to control what I can. This was icing on the
Ferrer, the first Spaniard to reach the Stockholm final since Manuel Orantes
in 1976, was trying for his third title of 2013 and the 21st of his career. He
fell to 20-20 all-time in finals, including 2-5 this year.
Dimitrov improved to 1-3 lifetime against Ferrer and took home $130,000 for
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