Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov has won the Brisbane International title, beating Japanese star, Kei Nishikori in three sets, 6-2 2-6 6-3, and snapping a 30 month title drought.
It was the fifth title of his career.
With the victory the talented Bulgarian is warning rivals that his late-season resurgence in 2016 is being sustained into 2017.
Dimitrov’s title run in Brisbane included three consecutive Top 10 scalps: Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, top seed Milos Raonic in the semis and Nishikori in the final.
Having lost his past four finals, Dimitrov finally claimed his fifth career title, his first since Queen’s in 2014.
A former World No. 8, Dimitrov saw his Emirates ATP Ranking slip to 40 midway through 2016 before a heart-to-heart career reflection with coach Dani Vallverdu saw the 25 year old turn around his career and finish the year at No. 17.
Dimitrov next week will play the Apia International Sydney, where last year he finished runner-up to Viktor Troicki.
“It’s been a pretty emotional past year, so this trophy means a lot,” Dimitrov said after being presented with the Roy Emerson trophy. “These 10 days have been most fun I have ever had on a tennis court.”