Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka failed to enter the Aegon Championships 2014 final as he was stopped by the best Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov who prevailed in straight sets. The fourth seed broke twice in the opening set, whilst the Swiss squandered a pair of break points at 5-2 and could not prolong the set. He missed a couple of more break point chances in the fourth game of the second set before surrendering yet another serve – the Bulgarian confirmed the break for a 5-3 lead. The Australian Open champion now held to love, but so did his rival to put the semi-final clash to bed by winning 6-2, 6-4 in an hour of grass-court tennis at Queens’s Club. Dimitrov, who beat Wawrinka for the first time in three matches, dropped only five points behind first serve and escaped all four break point dangers. The 23-year-old has already conquered Bucharest and Acapulco this season.
In the final he will square off against tenth-seeded Feliciano Lopez. The Spanish athlete battled past fifteenth seed Radek Stepanek who ousted defending champion Andy Murray in the last 32. The 35-year-old Czech’s single break point remained unconverted early on, whilst he needed to save five of them to make it to the first set tie-break. The Spaniard took over the initiative in the thirteenth game and capitalized on the fifth set point to clinch the opener. The outcome of the set two would be decided in the seventh game where Lopez broke the Czech and confirmed it for a 5-3 advantage. Serving out the set was a formality for the 32-year-old Madrid resident as he converted in first attempt to land a spot in Sunday’s title clash following a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory. He leads the head-to-head score against Dimitrov 1-0 by beating him in the round of 32 at the Queen’s Club 250 series tournament in 2010.
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