Eager audiences filled the seats of Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall on Sunday to watch the finals of the IF Stockholm Open to see Dimitrov dispatch Ferrer with 2-6, 6-3, and 6-4 in hard-fought men’s final match.
Dimitrov, 28th ranked in the world, overcame a four-match losing streak to beat third-ranked Ferrer of Spain for his first title. The 22-year-old Bulgarian has trained in Sweden.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Dimitrov of winning.
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In the doubles tournament, hopes were high that 41-year-old Swede Jonas Björkman would make a comeback after a five-year absence from the court. He and partner Robert Lindstedt, however, couldn’t manage to take home the trophy, losing in straight sets to Pakistani-Dutch pair Aisam-ul-Haw Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-2, 6-2.
But Björkman still had big fans in the audience – including Sweden’s young Princess Estelle and her mother Crown Princess Victoria. The bouncing toddler gave the Swedish tennis veteran a little round of applause when he visited the royal box after the match. The royal family attended the final on Sunday, and pink-clad Princess Estelle’s smile shone upon the players, much to the delight of other fans and press photographers.
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“It’s not the easiest thing to sit there, quiet and still, for two and a half hours,” Björkman said to the Expressen newspaper. “She behaved herself admirably. Very impressive how she handled it.”