Stockholm Open: Grigor Dimitrov consolidates bid for ATP Finals, faces Juan Martin del Potro in title clash
Grigor Dimitrov beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 to make the Stockholm ATP final on Saturday to consolidate his bid to play in a first end-of-season Masters.
Stockholm: Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) to make the Stockholm ATP final on Saturday to consolidate his bid to play in a first end-of-season Masters.
Top-seeded Dimitrov climbed fifth ahead of Marin Cilic in the race to qualify for the end-of-season Masters in London next month with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem having already confirmed their places.
In Sunday's final, Dimitrov will play defending champion Juan Martin del Potro after the giant Argentine, seeded four, defeated Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, will be looking to claim a 20th career title and become just the third Argentine player to reach the mark after Guillermo Vilas, who won 62 titles and Jose Luis Clerc who ended his career on 25.
India's Payas Jain claimed his second successive under-17 boys title after defeating Tom Closset of Belgium 3-1 in the WTT Youth Contender final in Tunis.
The 18-year-old Briton became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam when she defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday.
Murray, who underwent right hip surgery in 2017 and again 2019, lost in five sets to third-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round in New York, where the Scot won the third of his major titles in 2012.