sydney16.troicki_dimitrov

sydney16.troicki_dimitrov

Points won by each set: [ 17-28, 27-9, 57-54 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
26 % Troicki – 29 of 109
14 % Dimitrov – 12 of 83

Troicki [22] defended his title after a crazy decisive set that lasted much longer than two preceding sets. Dimitrov [28] enjoyed a perfect opening set, but trailing *0:1 in the 2nd set he probably experienced his worst game of the season, perhaps even the worst in the entire career (!) losing four straight points with three double faults and a forehand error from a winnable position. In the 3rd set Troicki was forced to play deuces in 5 out of his 6 service games. He saved break points at 0:1, 1:2 & 3:4, there was ‘deuce’ at 5:6, finally in the tie-break he saved a match point at *6:7 with a 26-stroke rally (the longest one was 30 strokes), and converted his second match point after another long rally passing Dimitrov with his backhand. Quite intriguing is the fact that until that match Troicki had been known as a player losing dramatic matches much more often than winning them, and this proportion changed after the final – in years 2016-17 he was winning dramatic matches with very high frequency. On the other hand, for the Bulgarian it was the first match lost in a deciding tie-break after winning 11 in a row (years 2012-15) and he quitted to be a specialist in this regard.

Troicki’s route to his 3rd title:
2 Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-4
Q Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
S Teymuraz Gabashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
W Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(7) – 1 m.p.

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