The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (17th) said he was “sad” after his defeat on Sunday in the final of the Masters 1000 in Paris against Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, but proud of an “incredible week”. I didn't know I was going to make it to the final, but I was very happy with the way I played throughout the tournament. I had a lot of good wins and did a lot of good things this week,” Dimitrov said. “So I have to stay positive.”
The Bulgarian, who ended up in tears and with his head in his towel after the meeting, consoled by the Parisian public and by Novak Djokovic, also said he was “sad” after this defeat. “They are tears of joy. I don't want them to be seen as negative. I am human after all and I think it is also due to the accumulation, not only of the last two weeks, but also of the last months of hard work,” he added. "I am not ashamed. Of course, I'm sad that I lost. It's never fun to lose in the final.
Facing Novak Djokovic, Dimitrov believes that his “serve did not work at all today, the whole thing is a little flat and that is also the summary of the match”. “Even if he (Djokovic) did not feel physically at his best, he managed to put me in very uncomfortable positions and made me work on each shot,” said the Bulgarian about his opponent.
“I want to capitalize on these moments. Over several matches, things could have gone completely differently for me, but I was able to hold on. I was very well mentally and physically. But at the same time, I have to look at the things I can improve,” he also said. “We don’t know how the rest is going to go, but I want to make sure that at the end of a tournament, whether I win or lose, I left everything I had on the court.” , he concluded.