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Dimitrov is champion of the Nitto ATP Finals and world number 3

The greatest title in the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov’s career forces all fans and critics to forget Baby Federer and to recognise a mature tennis player. Thanks to all his virtues and resources he has reached number 3 in the world ranking after winning the Masters.

Dimitrov beat the Belgian David Goffin in the final of the 02 Arena in London in his fifth undefeated match in the Nitto ATP finals. In doing so he became the first debutant to win the Masters since Alex Corretja in 1998.

At 26 years old he is Far removed from the player he was in 2014 when he was part of a generation of young stars being touted to succeed the Big Four alongside Japanese Kei Nishikori and Canadian Milos Raonic. Dimitrov, coached since 2016 by Dani Vallverdú after different stages in California, Barcelona and France, has finished a fantastic season that saw him win four titles (Brisbane, Sofia, the Masters 1000 of Cincinnati and this Masters of London), that has seen him advance from 17th position in the ATP rankings to 3rd. Only Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer are above him.

Having won  in London, the classic one hand backhand player was delighted: "The goal was to finish in the top 10 and now I will be third in the ranking. It's wonderful, it's a wonderful prize. It's what I've been working for. And not only is it good for me, it's for my whole team. I think this is going to be a great springboard for the start of next season and for a good start to the year. "

The Bulgarian tennis player can now enjoy a well-deserved holiday awaiting the 2018 campaign, which starts again in Brisbane. He ends the season with those four titles, 49 wins, and a record of 8.5 against the top-10 in 2017.  This suggests he will soon become a strong contender for a Grand Slam title.