Grigor Dimitrov was a match away from ending a terrific week in Paris. However in entrance of him was Novak Djokovic, in a position to nullify the participant who, at 32 years outdated, was reborn. The world primary was the executioner (6-4, 6-3), but additionally the shoulder on which to unload the frustration of not having lived as much as his current performances at Bercy.
The brand new champion was about to attend the standard on-court interview when he went to the bench to consolation his rival, who was hiding his tears by masking his face with a towel. The Serb gave him a hug and the Seventeenth-ranked participant thanked him for the gesture, however solely the Paris crowd was in a position to convey a smile to his face. The Accor Area gave a standing ovation to Dimitrov, who was in his first closing in six years.
“I’m very grateful for this week. This final month and a half has been a curler coaster and I am very glad to have made it to this closing. It has been a terrific journey this 12 months and it is ended on an excellent notice. I’m going to proceed on this path. I’ve no phrases to explain this second,” stated the participant on the awards ceremony.
“I have been on this scenario many occasions earlier than, shedding finals. I am grateful to have gained extra finals than misplaced. I hope you proceed to play at this excessive stage. This week you performed among the finest tennis I’ve seen you play and I hope you possibly can win large tournaments,” Djokovic replied instantly afterwards.