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Dimitrov beats Nishikori to win Brisbane International title ‹ Japan Today

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NewsHubBRISBANE, Australia —
Grigor Dimitrov ended a long wait between ATP titles, beating third-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 on Sunday night to win the Brisbane International final and claim his first tournament victory since 2014.
Dimitrov, dubbed “Baby Fed” earlier in his career for his style similarities with Roger Federer, lost the Brisbane International final to Andy Murray in 2013. He won three titles in 2014, and reached the Wimbledon semifinals as he rose to a career-high ranking of No. 8.
But his form faded and he slipped down the rankings to No. 40 in the middle of last year before starting a career resurgence and entering the season-opening Brisbane event ranked No. 17 and seeded seventh.
“It’s been pretty emotional,” Dimitrov said. “This trophy means a lot.”
He beat defending champion Milos Raonic in the semifinals.

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