Grigor Dimitrov claims first ATP title in two and half years

Grigor Dimitrov claims first ATP title in two and half years

Dimitrov won't play in any more tournaments before the Australian Open, where his best finish was a quarter-final in 2014, while Nishikori is set to play in the Fast4 exhibition alongside Rafael Nadal in Sydney on Monday night.

The Bulgarian seventh seed, runner-up in 2013, battled through a first-set tie-break before breaking serve twice in the second set.

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.

The two finalists were evenly matched for the first two sets.

Dimitrov has never won against his opponent in Sunday's final with Nishikori enjoying a 3-0 head-to-head record.

The 2014 US Open finalist received a bye in the first round, and despite cruising in the first set with a double break, the third seed had a mental lapse, and ultimately lost the opening set in his first match of 2017 with Jared Donaldson, ultimately, he regrouped and prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals in Brisbane once again.

But while the Frenchwoman recovered in the second set, Pliskova was far too strong and took the match in just 66 minutes on her second championship point.

Kei Nishikori is ranked fifth in the world
Kei Nishikori is ranked fifth in the world

Wawrinka beat Nishikori in the semifinals of the U.S. Open previous year; his only win in their past four matches.

It took Dimitrov 36 minutes to wrap up the first set before Nishikori turned things around with the second set following a run of four successive games.

"I didn't miss nearly whole set in the first set", Pliskova said. I don't remember the last time I felt that good on and off the court.

Dimitrov will head into the Australian Open with more expectations if he can register three back-to-back top ten wins, and take this title in Brisbane, however, it remains to be seen if the Bulgarian can keep up the good tennis he has produced this week, and the third seed may just have a little much for Dimitrov in this final which has the potential of being a thriller. "I've been waiting for this moment for quite a few years".

"I'm really going to stay away from all that talk or the commentary because I just want to do things and be with people in a way that makes me happy".

"I think it was [a] great week to [the] start of the year", Nishikori said.

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