Completing a stunning comeback, Argentine Diego Schwartzman defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 in TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open final to celebrate his maiden ATP title.
2016 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open witnessed an unforgettable singles final. Despite falling behind 7-6, 5-2, Diego Schwartzman made an impressive comeback to upset 2nd seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 and won his first career ATP World Tour title.
Dimitrov scored an early break and lead 3-1 in opening set but lost his serve on the sixth game. Both players recorded seven consecutive breaks to level the set at 6-all. Grisho, who surpassed Ivo Karlovic after two tie-breaks in the semifinal, played another strong tie-break as he won it 7/5.
World no.29 Dimitrov was off to a flying start in the second to take 3-0 and 5-2 leads respectively. But at this point Schwartzman started his comeback and won four games in a row to lead 6-5. Nevertheless, Grisho broke back and forced the second to another tie-break. Dimitrov’s cramp problems continued in the tie-break. Schwartzman took the control in the end and closed the set 7/4.
FLAWLESS FINAL SET
Playing his first-ever final in Istanbul, Schwartzman was in full control in the third. Unlike struggling Dimitov, Schwartzman hold his nerves and won 16 consecutive points to lead 5-0.
Dimitrov, while serving to stay in the match, could not finish the game at 40/15 and could not control his emotions. In the end, Bulgarian star smashed another racquet and received a game penalty following a point penalty earlier.
23 year-old Diego Schwartzman clinched his maiden title after 2 hours 47 minutes and won 75,880 euros. Mayor of Esenyurt Necmi Kadıoğlu and President of Turkish Tennis Federation Cengiz Durmuş handed Schwartzman’s championship trophy.