BRD NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY 2014
Dimitrov To Play Defending Champion Rosol For Bucharest Crown
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Grigor Dimitrov will attempt to capture his third ATP World Tour title on Sunday against defending champion Lukas Rosol in the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy final. It will be their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.
Dimitrov lifted his second crown at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel (d. Anderson) in February. He earned the right to play Rosol, when his semi-final opponent, third seed Gael Monfils, retired due to a right ankle injury at 1-5 in the first set, after 16 minutes of play, on Saturday. Monfils had rolled his ankle walking onto court.
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"It is disappointing for Gael," said Dimitrov. "As much as I am happy, it is an undeserved win and unfortunately it had to end that way. I saw what happened. I hope he will be okay for the coming weeks.
"I am confident, having beaten some good players. I have to be prepared as I know what to expect from him (Rosol). It will be a good feeling walking out onto centre court tomorrow."
Rosol is one victory away from retaining the Bucharest title, having won his ninth straight match at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. He beat Robin Haase for the second time in three meetings, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 47 minutes. He recovered from a set and 0-2 deficit for his 12th victory of the season.
Looking ahead to the final, Rosol said, "We have never played each other. I think he is the favourite, but I have nothing to lose. I like playing on this court… and I will fight to the end."
Haase had been attempting to reach his fifth ATP World Tour final (2-2 overall), and first since July 2012 at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel (l. to Kohlschreiber).
Tecau Goes For Third Bucharest Crown, With Rojer
Horia Tecau will attempt to complete a title treble at his home tournament on Sunday.
Having partnered with Robert Lindstedt to the 2012 crown and Max Mirnyi to last year’s trophy, the Romanian returns in tandem with Jean-Julien Rojer. The top seeds converted one of their five break point opportunities in a 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-8 victory over fourth seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers in one hour and 35 minutes on Saturday evening.
Rojer and Tecau, who have already captured the PBZ Zagreb Indoors and Grand Prix Hassan II titles, will face third seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, the 2006 champions, in the championship match. The ‘Polish Power’ also scraped through, beating Denis Istomin and Lukas Rosol 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 in 72 minutes.
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