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Dimitrov Sails Into Third Round; Joins Fellow Finals Contender Ferrer

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Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov committed just 18 unforced errors on Friday.

Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov booked his spot in the US Open third round on Friday after a resounding 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dudi Sela in 89 minutes on Armstrong Stadium.

Dimitrov improved to a 40-12 record in a career-best season that includes three ATP World Tour titles. The 23-year-old Bulgarian had arrived in New York City last week without a match win in three appearances at the US Open. In hitting 28 winners, including six aces, and winning 21 of his 29 net points, Dimitrov goes on to challenge David Goffin.

Goffin, who lifted his first ATP World Tour title at Kitzbühel (d. Thiem) earlier this month, upset No. 32 seed Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 for his 13th tour-level match win of the year.

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Fourth seed David Ferrer advanced without hitting a ball when his opponent, wild card Bernard Tomic, withdrew ahead of their match due to a hip injury. Ferrer reached the semi-finals in 2007 and 2012 (l. to Djokovic both times).

"I was sick for the past 10 days," said Tomic. "It was difficult having the flu, but my hip's a little bit not in [good] shape. I'm feeling it inside."

Ferrer has a 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record (1-1 on hard courts) against No. 26 seed Gilles Simon, his next opponent, who defeated Federico Delbonis 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Ferrer and Dimitrov will both be looking to further improve their chances of qualifying for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, from 9-16 November, with a big run at the final Grand Slam championship of 2014. 

Ferrer started the week at No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Race To London with 3,445 points. The 2007 runner-up will be attempting to clinch a spot for the sixth time. Dimitrov, at No. 7 with 3,155 points, aims for his first qualification.

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