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Dimitrov Clinches Bucharest Crown; Second Title Of 2014

Bucharest 2014

Dimitrov© Raed KrishnanGrigor Dimitrov will rise from No. 16 to No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.

Grigor Dimitrov won his third ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy. He did not lose a set in four matches this week and will rise to No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Top seed Dimitrov ended the nine-match winning streak of Lukas Rosol in Bucharest, when he defeated the defending champion 7-6(2) 6-1 in 81 minutes.

Dimitrov received €77,315 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points with his second trophy of the season. Two months ago, the World No. 16 lifted the Abierto Mexicano Telcel trophy (d. Anderson) in Acapulco.

“It feels good to have won,” said Dimitrov. “I lifted my game, not having been happy with my previous matches in the tournament. I knew I had to lift my level, especially after the first set. Lukas is a very good winner, who hit some outstanding winners. It was a pleasure to play in front of Ilie Nastase and other greats.

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“I have worked really hard to start winning titles. I have put in enough effort, time and sacrifices to get here.”

Dimitrov took a 2-0 lead in the pair’s first meeting, but Rosol bounced back immediately. Rosol saved four set points from 15/40 at 5-6, before Dimitrov dominated the tie-break to wrap up the first set in 58 minutes.

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Dimitrov maintained the momentum by taking a 2-0 lead in the second set. Rosol got broken for a third time, to love at 1-3, giving Dimitrov greater confidence en route to his 20th match win of 2014.

“A run to a final was very good,” said Rosol. “It was a perfect week, 150 [Emirates ATP Rankings] points you make every month. If you had told me I would have reached the semi-finals at the start of the week, I would have taken it. Grigor was just amazing today. I played good tennis, but Grigor was better on the court and I had no answer. I am sure he will break into the Top 10 very soon.”

Rosol had been aiming to become just the second player to retain his title at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. Gilles Simon did so in 2008.

Rosol picked up €40,720 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points.

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