Troicki retains Sydney title after Dimitrov thriller

Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:48am EST
 
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Viktor Troicki will go into the Australian Open with his confidence sky high after retaining his title at the Sydney International with a thrilling 2-6 6-1 7-6(7) victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.

The tough 29-year-old Serbian, who won the title as a qualifier last year, looked dead and buried after Dimitrov coasted through the first set but evened up the contest when the talented Bulgarian suffered a second-set meltdown.

The crowd at Ken Rosewall Arena were then treated to top- quality tennis during which both players had championship points before Troicki kissed the line with an angled crosscourt winner to take the third set tiebreak 9-7.

"What a match! We really fought until the end," Troicki, whose victory extended his winning streak at Olympic Park to 12 matches, said after the presentation ceremony.

"I guess I was just a bit more lucky at the end but this is the game of tennis, sometimes you have luck and sometimes you don't."

Dimitrov showed off all his weapons in the absorbing two hour, 16 minute contest but will rue not making the most of his chances to clinch his first title in 18 months.

Foremost among those was the net volley he had on championship point in the tiebreak, which the 24-year-old only managed to flick into the tape.

It was a second-set performance that was as disappointing as his first set was impressive that his new coach Franco Davin will have to ponder most, however.

The former Wimbledon semi-finalist served up three double faults to lose his opening service game and then simply crumbled, the nadir coming when he tried a between the legs trick shot and completely fluffed it.   Continued...

 
Viktor Troicki of Serbia holds the Sydney International tennis men's singles trophy aloft after defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in Sydney, January 16, 2016.   REUTERS/Jason Reed