Dimitrov’s route to the title:
1 Marinko Matosevic 7-5, 6-1
2 Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-4
Q Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5
S Andy Murray 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
W Kevin Anderson 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(5)
Grigor Dimitrov survived a stern test from Kevin Anderson to win the Abierto Mexicano Telcel early Sunday morning, 7-6(1) 3-6 7-6(5) after nearly three hours. “Belief is the only thing that kept me going today,” said Dimitrov, who had been on court till 2:30am the night before topping Andy Murray in the semi-finals. “I didn’t think I was going to come back after last night’s match. I’m really happy. This title means a lot to me.” Dimitrov added, “Every match I played was really tough, especially the last three where I played three sets.” The Fairmont Acapulco Princess crowned its first champion in the self-proclaimed “New Court for a New Era,” having switched from red clay to blue hard courts after 20 years. In a match that finished at 1:13am, Dimitrov survived an offensive onslaught from the baseline by Anderson, withstanding 13 aces and 46 winners for the victory. The South African was unable to overcome seven double faults and 52 unforced errors. Dimitrov’s level dipped after emphatically taking the first set 7/1 in a tie-break. Anderson seized the opportunity, sprinting to a 3:0 lead in the second set and snatching an early break advantage in the third. Dimitrov proved to be steadier down the stretch, however, and when Anderson double faulted to give the crucial break back in the eighth game, it was only a matter of time before the Bulgarian rode the momentum to the finish line. Anderson would relinquish a mini-break lead in the deciding tie-break and when he sent a backhand long at 5-all, Dimitrov capitalised on his first match point, improving to 5-0 in tie-break sets in Acapulco and donning the champion’s sombrero. It was just the fourth final in the 21-year history of the tournament to be decided in three sets. Dimitrov takes home $316,400 with the title, while Anderson pockets $142,650 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points, ascending to a career-high World No. 16.
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