stockholm13dimitrov_ferrer

stockholm13dimitrov_ferrer

Points won by each set: [ 34-44, 29-21, 32-31 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
17 % Dimitrov – 17 of 99
18 % Ferrer – 17 of 92

A breakthrough event for the 22-year-old Dimitrov [28], nonetheless it was rather unexpected triumph because he came to Stockholm having lost four consecutive matches. The draw was favourable, he’d defeated three opponents as a big favorite, then ousted Paire in a 50/50 match and in the final showed his big potential as an underdog. Ferrer [3] was in great form then, reaching ATP finals in three successive tournaments indoors (Stockholm, Valencia, Paris) – lost them all, but only in the first one against the Bulgarian put himself in a position to get the title. He led on return 30/0 at 3-all in the 2nd set, in the 3rd set squandered break points at 2:1 & 3:2. “It’s one of my biggest wins,” said an elated Dimitrov. “To beat a top guy in a final. It’s a great feeling and it’s good for your mental state. 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.”

Dimitrov’s route to his maiden title (74th main-level event):
1 Marius Copil 6-3, 6-4
2 Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-3
Q Kenny de Schepper 6-4, 6-2
S Benoit Paire 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
W David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

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