Grigor Dimitrov Wins in London

Grigor Dimitrov Wins in London

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Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov became the first man for 19 years to win the ATP Finals on his debut appearance with victory over Belgian David Goffin.

The sixth seed Dimitrov, 26, claimed the biggest title of his career as he won 7-5 4-6 6-3 at the O2 Arena in London.

The Bulgarian collected a sizable cheque of £1.9m in prize money for coming on top through the tournament as he went unbeaten in five matches across the group stage, semi-finals and final.

He will now end the year as World No. 3, with Goffin up to seventh. “I’m still trying to think about what I just did,” said Dimitrov, who follows in the footsteps of Spain’s Alex Corretja, who won the season-ending title on his debut in 1998. “This is a great, unbelievable achievement for me, but I still have a lot to give.

The tournament was lacking some big names due to injuries to Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic and while it was unfortunate to have kept two of the sport’s biggest names out of the ATP Finals, Dimitrov was a worthy winner.

While world number one Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out injured after his opening round-robin match and Roger Federer was stunned in the semi-finals by Goffin.

Murray and Lendl split….. Again!

British number one Andy Murray has split with coach Ivan Lendl for a second time as they came to a “mutual agreement”.

The Scot had a very successful stint under the former eight time Grand slam champion as he won Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold during two years with Lendl from 2012 to 2014.

Murray was then coached by Amelie Mauresmo before turning back to Lendl in 2016, winning his second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold and becoming World No. 1 that year.

He and his team have since released a statement saying “I’m thankful to Ivan for his help and guidance over the years. We’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team. My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing”. The former World No. 1 and eight-time Grand Slam winner Lendl, 57, added: “I wish Andy well. We had a great run and a lot of fun.”

The Scot has been out of action for quite a while as he has been recovering from a hip injury, and his last competitive match was a Wimbledon quarter-final shock defeat by Sam Querrey in July.

He lack of time on the courts has since him slip to 16th in the world rankings, but earlier this month he made a partial comeback as he played in a charity match against Roger Federer. After losing in three sets, 6-3 3-6 10-6, Murray said that the plan is to return to competition at the Brisbane International in January.

Former Wimbledon champion, Novotna, dies at the age of 49

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has sadly passed away at the age of 49.

The Women’s Tennis Association said Novotna, who had cancer, “died peacefully, surrounded by her family”. The Czech player had lost in the Wimbledon final on two occasions, in 1993 and 1997 before winning the Grand Slam tournament in 1998 by beating Nathalie Tauziat.

Novotna was a big hit with tennis fans across the world as she captured the hearts of fans when she burst into tears after losing to German great Steffi Graf in 1993 and was consoled by the Duchess of Kent.

“Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her,” said WTA chief executive Steve Simon. “Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA.

Our condolences and our thoughts are with Jana’s family.” Novotna was renowned for her serve-and-volley game, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of number two. In addition to her only singles Grand Slam win at Wimbledon, she racked up 12 Grand Slam doubles titles and four in mixed doubles.

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