Dimitrov: I'm not the winner today, but I feel like one

"Even though I didn't win today, I feel like a winner. The crowd here really welcomed me with open arms." This was stated by Grigor Dimitrov after his 3-6, 1-6 loss to Jannik Siner in the final of the Miami Masters.

Dimitrov had a great performance in Miami and recorded five straight victories, including three top-10 players - Hubert Hurkach, Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev - before being stopped by Syner. "This is Jannick's moment. He plays incredible tennis, it's impressive how he maintains this level. Of course, every tennis player has his weaknesses and maybe next time I'll try something different. But today I couldn't resist him. At the beginning I managed good, but he took the important moments. When he breaks through and gains confidence, it becomes even more difficult," commented Dimitrov after the defeat.

Grigor Dimitrov has officially returned to the top 10 of the ATP world rankings. After his great performance at the Miami Masters in the last two weeks and reaching the final of the tournament, Grigor has jumped three places in the updated rankings and is now in 9th place.

This is the best ranking of the Bulgarian tennis player since the fall of 2018, when he was last in the top 10. Dimitrov's five consecutive victories in Miami bring him an additional 605 points in the asset, which is already 3540 points. Thus, Dimitrov is close to seventh in the ranking of Holger Rune (3795). The outlook for Dimitrov is good as he will not be defending many points in the upcoming clay court season - 45 from the Rome Masters and 180 from Roland Garros.

The Bulgarian's return to the top 10 means that there is a tennis player with a one-handed backhand in the top ten again. This was briefly not the case after Stefanos Tsitsipas recorded a drop in the rankings a few weeks ago.

Yannick Siner, who defeated Grigor in the final in Miami, is now the new world number 2. The Italian, who has been nearly faultless in the past six months, has displaced Carlos Alcaraz from second place and is 1,015 points behind leader Novak Djokovic. /BGNES