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Dimitrov Battles Past Baghdatis, Faces DelPo in Semis

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dimitrov© Henk KosterGrigor Dimitrov is through to his second semi-final of the season.

A run of 18 straight points at the end of the second set put Grigor Dimitrov on track to beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(4), 7-6(0), 6-3 on Friday in the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Down 6-5 in the second set, Dimitrov reeled off 18 points to clinch the tie-break and earn a 1-0, 40/0 lead on Baghdatis’ serve in the decider. Baghdatis rallied back to deuce, but Dimitrov won the next two points to clinch the crucial service break and ultimately prevail in two hours and 31 minutes.

"I definitely had to fight with myself in the second set, I lost focus a little bit," said Dimitrov. "The match went through a lot of phases and I was happy I got out of it. I knew if I kept my composure on court and was able to play decent shots, I knew I could get the second set and eventually the match. It's never easy to play against a good friend."

World No. 41 Dimitrov is through to his second semi-final of the season. In the first week of the season, he reached his first ATP World Tour final at the Brisbane International, beating Baghdatis in the semi-finals before losing to Andy Murray.

The 21-year-old Dimitrov goes on to face second seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4. The Argentine fired 10 aces and broke serve three times from seven opportunities to clinch victory in 87 minutes.

The 24-year-old del Potro reached the final of this ATP World Tour 500 indoor tournament on his debut last year, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer. The Tandil native is playing just his second event of the season, following a third-round showing at the Australian Open (l. to Chardy) last month.

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