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Dimitrov beats Rune to win first ATP title since 2017

Grigor ‘G-Unit’ Dimitrov was back in the winner’s circle on Sunday after winning the Brisbane International – his first title on the ATP Tour in more than six years.

The 32-year-old Bulgarian defeated top seed and world No 8 Holger ‘The Viking’ Rune 7-6(5), 6-4 on Sunday to win his ninth ATP singles title and his first since the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals. This was also his second win in three matches over Rune.

The win was Dimitrov’s 23rd in Brisbane – the most by any player in the tournament’s history and also his second title in the city, the first coming in 2017.

“It’s been a while since I held one of these, it’s a bit emotional,” Dimitrov said after the final. “My love affair started here many years ago in Brisbane and it continues. I’m very thankful to lift the trophy again.”

With the win, Dimitrov climbs one spot to No 13 in the latest world rankings and with only third round points to defend from the Australian Open last year, the Bulgarian has put himself in a good position to re-enter the top 10.

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