Dimi lights up the O2

And so the curtain comes down on another season that has surprised, thrilled and exasperated in equal fashion.

The surprises kept on coming from the moment Roger Federer won the Australian Open. He and Rafa went on to share the slams of course, a remarkable effort from arguably the two greatest players of all time.

The 3rd best player in the world (if only) with the trophy destined for Grigor

The 3rd best player in the world (if only) with the trophy destined for Grigor

Yet the absence of so many big names for much of the year was supremely frustrating and inevitably led to calls for the schedule to be looked at in the interests of player health. 

Hopefully (though this is by no means a certainty) Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will return to the top of the game and we will see the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori resume their quest for some of the sports biggest prizes.

The forced withdrawal of Rafael Nadal

In the absence of so many big names,  and the forced withdrawal of Rafa,  the NITTO ATP finals offered lesser known names a chance to shine and Grigor Dimitrov grabbed his opportunity with both hands to beat an incredibly impressive and resilient David Goffin in 3 fascinating sets.

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As a junior Grigor Dimitrov was once nicknamed "Baby Fed" as he looked like Roger Federer 

The Bulgarian is a charming man with a personality to match his talents. An outstanding junior quickly nicknamed "Baby Fed" because of his uncanny similarity to Federer at his swashbuckling best his triumph in London could prove the springboard to superstardom. If he can maintain his aggressive approach on court and stay strong mentally when it comes to the crunch then grand slam titles should follow. 

 David Beckham and his son Romeo are big Dimitrov fans and were at the 02 to cheer him on.

 David Beckham and his son Romeo are big Dimitrov fans and were at the 02 to cheer him on.

Sky sports have the rights to the ATP Tour for one more year before Amazon take over and I'm looking forward to seeing whether the tennis landscape changes decisively in 2018.......or whether the big beasts who've ruled the jungle for so long continue to roar.

Ready to team up for one more year!

Ready to team up for one more year!

Have a great end to the year on and off court!

Marcus 

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