Julien Bennetau eliminated another seeded player at Rotterdam Open and set up a final clash against Juan Martin Del Potro.
Seed number two Del Potro overcame unseeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and entered his second consecutive Rotterdam Open final. 21-year-old Dimitrov, who is still waiting for his first ATP title, conceded a break in the third game of the opener and allowed Delpo to go 3-1 up. The Bulgarian then wasted two break balls a few games later which in the end cost him the first set – the World No. 7 served it out with a hold to love.
History repeated itself in the following set as Dimitrov gave away a service game and his Argentine counterpart acquired a 3-1 lead. Del Potro’s serving was functioning perfectly all throughout the set and he ultimately celebrated a well deserved 6-4, 6-4 victory. He will try to obtain his fourteenth ATP trophy in the final match against Bennetau.
Unseeded Bennetau came to the all-French semifinal on the back of a stunning triumph against defending champion Federer. He threatened fifth-seeded Gilles Simon in the opening game of the clash, yet he needed to wait until the ninth game to break his countryman. He was now serving for the set at 5-4 and fended off a couple of re-break balls before wrapping up the opener with the first set ball.
Bennetau gave away a serve early in the second set to fall 0-3 behind, but got back on level terms in no time. As Simon was unable to restore his advantage, the set went to a tie-break. Bennetau acquired a couple of early mini-breaks and generated five match balls – he was successful with the second one. Experienced Bennetau took this one with 6-4, 7-6 (2) final result and is now only a step away from his very first ATP triumph.