Continuing his surge toward re-entering the top 10, Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin for the title at his home event in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Playing at a high level, Dimitrov was coasting to the win at 7-5, 5-1, 40-0, then got tight, as Goffin got all the way back on serve. However, Dimitrov managed to break at 5-4 for the match as Goffin returned the favor with a couple bad errors, including a double fault.
The Bulgarian, who will be 12th in Monday’s rankings, is now 14-1 on the season and has two titles already this year after going two and a half years without one.
As for Goffin, his long-awaited top 10 debut is now in some jeopardy. Denied entry when his idol Roger Federer leapfrogged him with the Australian Open title, Goffin now has two events remaining to make the push before defending semifinal points in Indian Wells and Miami.
Earlier in the day, 19 year old Alexander “Sascha” Zverev continued to cement his status as the best teenager on the men’s tour this decade (and likely since Juan Martin del Potro) by winning Montpellier, the second singles title of his career.
Zverev bounced back from Germany’s shocking loss to shorthanded Belgium in Davis Cup last weekend, sweeping a trio of Frenchmen on their own turf, beating Jeremy Chardy, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet for the title. As a result, he’ll rise to new career-high of 18th in the rankings.
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The younger Zverev then took the court again on Sunday, winning the doubles title with older brother Mischa.
Finally, 36 year old Victor Estrella Burgos continued one of the weirdest quirks in tennis, beating Paolo Lorenzi to win Quito for the third straight year. He remains the only man to have won the event in Ecuador, and those three titles are the only ones he has claimed in his career.