Grigor Dimitrov has claimed his first Masters 1000 title after beating Australian Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to win the Cincinnati Open final.
The Bulgarian was made to work hard for the victory in Cincinnati and he claimed a break in each set to edge past a resurgent Kyrgios 6-4 7-5.
Both competitors were looking to win a maiden Masters 1000 title but Kyrgios let the match get away from him by hitting 31 unforced errors. Kyrgios saw off new world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, however, he was unable to put in a similar performance in Sunday’s final.
Dimitrov, who is priced at 17.00 to win the US Open, said it was the biggest win of his career to date and comes at the perfect time as he looks to head to the US Open with momentum behind him.
The 26-year-old has never made it beyond the fourth round at Flushing Meadows but he has enjoyed a strong 2017 and says he is full of confidence.
Dimitrov said: “In the big picture, it means a lot to me.
“I’m pretty confident after that. This is what I’ve been practising for.
“I’m going to enjoy it for a day or two but then it’s back to the routine and prepare for the US Open.”