Grigor Dimitrov says he feels “super humbled” and is looking forward to taking part in his first ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.
After 10 seasons competing as a professional, Dimitrov has finally managed to secure his spot at the final event of the campaign after enjoying his best year on the ATP Tour.
Bulgaria’s number one triumphed at the Brisbane International in January – his first title since 2014 – and followed that up with victories at the Sofia Open and Cincinnati Masters.
The 26-year-old also reached the semi-final of the Australian Open, matching his best finish at a Grand Slam event, whilst losing in the final of the Stockholm Open to Juan Martin Del Potro, who missed out on a place at the ATP Finals.
Dimitrov, who is 10.00 to win the season-finale for the first time, is now ready to enjoy his maiden appearance in London and hopes to go as far as he can in the competition.
“I can’t hide my smile,” he said.
“I’m pretty pleased to be out here. For sure it’s a dream come true for me. In the past I’ve missed qualifying by one spot. It’s always been a goal of mine to come out here and perform.
“The arena is pretty special and they take such good care of you here. It’s a great reward. I’m so happy and super humbled.”
Dimitrov, who has been placed in the Pete Sampras group, opens his account on Monday against Austrian Dominic Thiem and the Bulgarian is 1.50 favourite to win whilst his opponent is priced at 2.60.