The 2017 ATP World Tour Finals
Firstly, let me apologise for the lack of posting this past month. Things have been a little hectic but for AdCourtRamble, normal operation should resume! Now, how about those 2017 ATP World Tour Finals!
Dimitrov Ascending… Finally
If you’d have said at the start of 2017 that anyone other Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic might have taken the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals, you might have scoffed at. If you’d have said after the US Open that anyone other Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer could win the finals, you’d have been heartily laughed at.
For it to be Grigor Dimitrov who upset that expected balance is fitting. A perennial member of the next generation, Dimitrov seems to have been on the cusp of greatness half a dozen times, only to fade back into the lower half of the top twenty. 2017 has been his year, however. Not only is 2017 now his biggest haul in terms of trophies—with four titles to his name—it also saw him nab his biggest title to date. Twice!
The Cincinnati Masters victory was the first time Dimitrov had won anything bigger than an ATP 500 level event. To follow that up with the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals cements this year as the best in his career so far. And perhaps, with the confidence this year will undoubtedly bring, Grigor might go on to finally fulfil the potential we all know he has.
But about those finals.
2017 ATP World Tour Finals
Murray and Djokovic were, of course, absent from the the Nitto ATP Finals, as they have been for much of 2017. Nadal, sadly, was forced to pull out early after one appearance. It’s familiar sight but one that was a bit shocking after the unstoppable year the Spaniard has had. Federer, on the other hand, didn’t have to retire. He did looked tired, however, and that’s probably to be expected given the mammoth 2017 he’s had. He eventually fell to eventual finalist, David Goffin. Jack Sock had an impressive run that seemed to come a little out of nowhere. Unfortunately he came up against Dimitrov in the semis. He managed to oust the ever-impressive Alexander Zverev en route.
But it was Dimitrov and Goffin in the final. And it was a close match which, for two sets, it felt could have gone either way. The final score of 7—5, 4—6, 6—3 shows there really wasn’t much between these two starts. But it was Grigor who took the trophy home, and now we all wait in anticipation for 2018.