Grigor Dimitrov has set his sights on winning his first Grand Slam after his dramatic ATP Finals victory in London.
The Bulgarian’s win at London’s O2 Arena is the biggest title of his career, having beaten Belgium’s David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
The sixth seed held his nerve to emerge victorious in a gripping contest, sealing the match with his fifth championship point.
Dimitrov’s victory takes him to third in the rankings behind only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
He was nicknamed “Baby Fed” early in his career for the similarity of style in his game to the Swiss. However, Dimitrov has struggled to live up to the comparison and was 40th in the world in mid-2016.
The 26-year-old bounced back strongly to enjoy the best season of his career in 2017. He won four titles in all, including his first Masters title in Cincinnati.
Dimitrov has never been beyond the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, reaching the last four at Wimbledon in 2014 and repeating the feat in Australia earlier this year.
“I’m still trying to think about what I just did,” said the Bulgarian after his victory against Goffin.
“Of course, one of my main goals is to win a tournament, you know, a Grand Slam tournament. This has always been, again, a dream of mine. Now slowly I think this thing is getting there.
The ATP Finals have had an unusual flavour this year, missing Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic while world number one Nadal was forced to pull out injured after his opening round-robin match.
In a huge shock, Roger Federer was ousted in the semi-finals by Goffin.