Grigor Dimitrov bagged his first masters’ title, after he overpowered Australian Nick Kyrgios in the finals, at Cincinnati. This title also sees him rise to number nine in the ATP singles rankings. The Bulgarian has had a wonderful hard court season this year, as he started his year of with titles in Brisbane and Sofia, before succumbing to the eventual champion, Roger Federer, in the Australian open semi-finals.
“It’s just amazing. 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”, said Dimitrov. He was dominant in the entire tournament, which marked the absence of players like Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray. Without dropping a single set in the tournament, and dropping just one service game, Dimitrov looks to be in perfect shape en route to the US open. How well he fares in the final Grand slam of the year remains to be seen.
Garbine Muguruza bags her second title of the year
The Wimbledon champion captured her second title of the year after she demolished Simona Halep in straight sets (6-1, 6-0). Simona Halep’s hopes of becoming the world number one, were yet again crushed, as she was completely dominated by the Spaniard.
Muguruza had a tough path to the finals, as she had to save match points in the round of 16 against Madison Keys, and had to go through the reigning world no.1 Pliskova. This is the first time, that Muguruza, has won more than one title in a single year. Muguruza goes into the week ahead of the US open as the strong favorite, while Simona Halep will have to wait a little longer for her shot at the world number one.