Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov won his second tournament of the year in Bucharest on April 27, defeating defending champing Lukas Rosol to grab his first clay-court career title with a win at the BRD Nastase Trophy.
Dimitrov dropped no sets in Bucharest on the way to his third career title and the second in 2014, winning the final 7-6, 6-1.
The Bulgarian faced only one seeded player on his way to the title, third-seed Gael Montfils in the semi-final, who retired at 1-5, having sustained a freak ankle injury just before the match.
Rosol, defending his only career title, saved four set-points at 5-6 in the first frame, but could not contain the Bulgarian in the tie-break, which Dimitrov won 7-2. Dimitrov pressed his advantage in the second set and broke his opponent three times to wrap up the match.
Dimitrov, handed a late wild card, was the favourite in Bucharest for the first time in his career. In winning the final, he ended Rosol’s nine-match unbeaten streak in Bucharest.
It was the second title of the year for Dimtrov, who also won the Mexican Open in Acapulco in March, becoming only the second player on the ATP Tour born in the 1990s to win multiple titles. The win is expected to have Dimitrov equal his career-best 14th in the ATP Tour standings, when they are next announced on April 28.