Cincinnati | Dimitrov wins first Masters 1000 title
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won his first Masters 1000 title after beating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the Cincinnati Open final.
I love playing here. This tournament has actually been one of my favourite tournaments. Grigor Dimitrov
World number 11 Dimitrov broke once in each set to beat 23rd-ranked Kyrgios 6-4 7-5.
Kyrgios, also chasing his first title, hit 31 unforced errors as he was outplayed by the classy 26-year-old.
At the age of 22, Kyrgios was the youngest Cincinnati finalist since Novak Djokovic back in 2009.
But he could not reproduce the brilliance he displayed in beating world number two Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals.
And with the second set poised at 5-5, the Australian hit his fourth double fault of the match on deuce, before sending a wild forehand over the baseline.
Dimitrov then served out the final game to clinch the biggest win of his career – without dropping a set all tournament – ahead of the US Open, which starts on 28 August.
“I love playing here,” Dimitrov said. “This tournament has actually been one of my favourite tournaments.”