Dimitrov through to semis in Stockholm ATP

Grigor Dimitrov has moved closer to qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-sets victory over Germany’s Mischa Zverev to reach the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open.

The Bulgarian needed six match points to complete the 6-3 6-4 win which maintains his challenge for a debut at the season-ending championships in London next month.

Dimitrov is currently sixth in the Race to London rankings with the top eight qualifying.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev have already claimed their spots.

“It’s nice to get through that match in straight sets,” Dimitrov said.

“I knew it was not going to be easy but at the same time I thought I kept a very good intensity throughout.”

Fourth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro reached the last four with a routine 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory over Japanese seventh seed Yuichi Sugita.

Spanish eight seed Fernando Verdasco was too good for second-seeded South African Kevin Anderson in crunch time, winning 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-1), to line up a clash with Del Potro.

Italian Fabio Fognini upset American third seed Jack Sock in a gruelling three-set encounter to progress to a meeting with Dimitrov.

After saving two match points, Fognini prevailed 6-7 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) 7-5 in a match that lasted almost three hours.

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