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Dimitrov Overcomes #NextGenATP Medvedev At Queen's

Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov recorded his 15th match win at The Queen’s Club, where he captured the 2014 title, by beating the impressive #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 46 minutes on Friday. The Bulgarian is through to his third semi-final at the Aegon Championships (also 2012, 2014).

"It wasn't easy to play the game that I wanted today, so I played a little bit more slice and simplified my game. I just had to count on certain weapons and play well at the right moments," said Dimitrov. "It's been awhile since I've felt that good on the court, so I'm going to try to use that momentum and focus entirely on my side."

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Dimitrov will next take on Feliciano Lopez, whom he beat in the final three years ago. The Spaniard saved a match point to survive a marathon battle against seventh seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(5), 6-7(1), 7-5. Lopez erased the match point on his serve at 4-5 in the deciding set, then scored the lone break of the match in the next game before ultimately advancing in two hours and 27 minutes.

"It was tough to accept the way the match was going because it was almost impossible to return. We were both serving great, so there was a lot of drama on the court today," said Lopez. "It's an amazing feeling when you win these matches and it's extra confidence for tomorrow."

Dimitrov leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head with Lopez 2-1 and has won their past two matches, but both victories went to a tie-break in the deciding set. The Spaniard claimed their first meeting in 2010 at The Queen's Club in straight sets.

The 35-year-old Lopez, a winner of two grass-court titles, will be looking to reach his second final in as many weeks. He finished runner-up to Lucas Pouille on Sunday in Stuttgart.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/dimitrov-lopez-london-queens-2017-friday

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