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Dimitrov Remains On Course In Bucharest; Monfils Saves Six M.P.

Bucharest 2014

Rosol© Raed KrishanLukas Rosol reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final on Friday.

Top seed Grigor Dimitrov remains on course to capture the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, which would represent his third ATP World Tour title.

Dimitrov lost just seven of his first service points to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 on Friday evening to set up a semi-final against third seed Gael Monfils.

“It could have easily gone both ways, as he is a dangerous player and a good serve and volleyer,” said Dimitrov. “It was really heavy conditions, so I am happy to have won. I just tried to be solid.”

Monfils advanced to the semi-finals for the first time since 2007, when as a qualifier he lost to Victor Hanescu.

Monfils recovered from 0-5 and 2-6 in the second set tie-break, saving six match points to beat fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, a qualifier, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-2 in two hours and 21 minutes. It was his third straight victory in five meetings against Mathieu.

“I played very poorly today,” said Monfils. “I was too defensive, but I got lucky. On two or three of the match points he got tight. I am very frustrated. I managed to win, which is the only good point. I did not deserve this match, one of the worst I played this year.”

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Earlier in the day, defending champion Lukas Rosol extended his winning streak to eight matches at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

Rosol defeated three-time former titlist Gilles Simon, the fourth seed, 7-6(2), 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes. Rosol beat Simon in last year’s semi-finals.

Rosol, who is currently No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will contest his third ATP World Tour semi-final match Saturday against Robin Haase.  His most recent last four appearance came at the 2013 Erste Bank Open in Vienna (l. to Haas).

Haase converted five of his 11 break point opportunities in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Denis Istomin, who recently help to inspire Tecnifibre's On The Road team as a Nice training camp. Read More

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