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Dimitrov downs Kyrgios to win Cincinnati Open


Grigor Dimitrov holds the Rookwood Cup after defeating Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati final.
 CINCINNATI, Aug 21: Grigor Dimitrov captured his seventh and biggest career title on Sunday, defeating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 to win the ATP Cincinnati Masters and boost his confidence for the US Open.

The 11th-ranked Bulgarian never dropped a set in taking the top prize of $954,225 and his first Masters title, a perfect stepping stone into the year’s last Grand Slam event that begins a week from Monday.

A break in each set was enough for the seventh seed to claim his third title of the year and seventh of his career.

“I’m just happy. There’s nothing else I can say, honestly,” the 26-year-old told reporters.

“I’m just happy and I’m humbled to have that trophy in my hands, and especially to win here, my first Masters 1000.

“I always like this tournament. I have played it quite a few times and always thought this can be maybe one of the first ones, and it is the first one.”

Dimitrov did not drop a set all tournament, the first player to do so at a Masters 1000 tournament since Novak Djokovic’s 2007 win at Miami.

He was almost impregnable on serve, winning 52 of his 53 service games.

“Going to the (US) Open, it’s for sure a lot of positivity with it,” said Dimitrov, a semifinalist at the Australian Open in January.

“But the most important thing now is just to stay grounded, keep on doing the same work, believe in myself, and just prepare the best way that I can for the Open.”

Both players were in their maiden Masters 1000 title match but Dimitrov showed more poise than his 22-year-old opponent, saving a pair of early break points to set the tone.

Kyrgios’s 31 unforced errors comfortably outstripped his 21 winners, the combustible Australian unable to find the magic he produced in his quarterfinal win over Nadal. – Agencies

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