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De Bakker Records Biggest Win Of Career; Dimitrov Steps Closer To Båstad Final

Bastad, Sweden

Dimitrov© SkiStar Swedish OpenGrigor Dimitrov will play Fernando Verdasco in the Båstad semi-finals.

Thiemo de Bakker kept his nerve on Friday to record the biggest win of his career at the SkiStar Swedish Open.

De Bakker defeated top seed and World No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-5 in just over two hours.

The World No. 104 has now beaten three Top 10 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, including No. 9 Fernando Verdasco at the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters and No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2010 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

De Bakker, who saved four match points to beat sixth seed Viktor Troicki on Thursday, goes onto face Carlos Berlocq, who overcame Albert Ramos 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

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Grigor Dimitrov will attempt to reach his second ATP World Tour final on Saturday. 

Fifth seed Dimitrov, who finished runner-up to Andy Murray at the Brisbane International in January, recorded his first victory in four meetings with third seed and 2009 finalist Juan Monaco.

Dimitrov advanced to the sixth ATP World Tour semi-final of his career (1-4 overall) with a 6-3, 6-2 win in 66 minutes. He will next meet eighth seed Fernando Verdasco.

Verdasco improved to 6-3 lifetime against Nicolas Almagro in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series after he beat the second seed and 2010 titlist 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. 

It is the second time that Verdasco has reached the semi-finals. He also did so in 2008 (l. to Berdych).

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Bercloq/Ramos Reach Doubles Final
Carlos Berlocq will attempt to improve his 1-4 record in ATP World Tour doubles final after reaching the final with Albert Ramos, who will compete in his first title match. Berlocq and Ramos defeated fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Raven Klaasen 6-4, 6-3 in 70 minutes.

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