Following a pair of compelling three-set matches in the quarter-final round, Grigor Dimitrov and Bernard Tomic will meet for a spot in the final of the If Stockholm Open. This marks just the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Dimtrov leading the series 1-0 with a victory last season in Rotterdam.
Having claimed his maiden ATP World Tour title at this event last season, Dimitrov was highly motivated to perform well in Stockholm, as was evident in his three-set victory over an inspired Jack Sock on Friday afternoon. After dropping the opening set, Dimitrov rallied back to close out the victory 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Dimitrov will go on to meet Bernard Tomic, who reached the semi-final round with a three-set rollercoaster victory over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. Following a shaky start to the contest, Tomic rebounded to close out the victory 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).
“I’m very happy with myself,” said Tomic. “It was a very tough match. I had to turn it around in the second set, so it was very difficult for me. If you lose a set 6-0, to be able to turn it around is very important. I think he was playing very good, I had no chance. I kept trying and I had an opportunity when he played one bad game. I took it, which was important for me.”
The pair’s only previous meeting was a three-set battle in Rotterdam last season, which Dimitrov won en route to the quarter-final round of the tournament. As the defending champion and Top 10 competitor, the Bulgarian will be favoured to win the encounter, but that does not mean Tomic will make it easy for him.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets