Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dimitrov To Face Goffin In Rotterdam SFs

Dimitrov To Face Goffin In Rotterdam SFs

David Goffin was forced to retire from his Rotterdam Open semi-final with Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday (AEDT), after suffering a freak eye injury early in the second set.

After dropping the first set 6-3, the Belgian fourth seed had the worst of luck in the opening game of the second set against Bulgarian Dimitrov, with the ball taking a fluke bounce off his frame and striking him in the left eye.

Second seed Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the last four in the Rotterdam Open on Friday as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

He has played two tournaments this year and won both - the other being January's Australian Open.

His victory in Rotterdam on Sunday was his third there following successes in 2005 and 2012.

"I was able to handle that pressure, today I played great from the beginning".

Federer returns to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2012 - three years old than the previous oldest ATP world No. 1 Andre Agassi at age 33 - and Federer will also continue to extend his record for most weeks as the world No. 1.

The Swiss-ace said his next target is 100 career titles. "I pushed forward and I'm very proud that I could win here in Rotterdam". He improved to 7-0 career versus Dimitrov.

"Overall, it was a good week, I just came up short today". "Anything can happen, but all credit to Roger".

Dimitrov refused to blame any kind of physical or fitness problem for his weak showing although tournament director Richard Krajicek said that the player had been sick.

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