Grigor Dim­itrov beats Lukas Rosol to win in Bucharest

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Top seed Grigor Dim­itrov beat de­fend­ing cham­pion Lukas Rosol to win the third ATP ti­tle of his ca­reer at the Nastase Tiriac Tro­phy in Bucharest.

The Bul­gar­ian, 22, won 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 yes­ter­day in one hour and 21 min­utes to end Czech Rosol’s nine-match un­beaten run at the tour­na­ment.

Dim­itrov, ranked 16th in the world, also won ATP ti­tles in Aca­pulco in Fe­bru­ary and Stock­holm last year.

“I have worked re­ally hard to start win­ning ti­tles,” said Dim­itrov.

“I have put in enough ef­fort, time and sac­ri­fices to get here.”

Dim­itrov did not drop a set in four matches in Bucharest and will rise to a ca­reer-high rank­ing of 13 on Mon­day.

Ja­pan’s Kei Nishikori beat San­ti­ago Gi­raldo 6-2 6-2 to win his first clay­court ti­tle at the Barcelona Open, and be­come the first non-Span­ish win­ner at the Real Club de Te­nis since 1996.

Eight-time cham­pion Rafael Nadal had lost in the quar­ter-fi­nals to Ni­co­las Al­ma­gro on Fri­day.


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