Busy day in Sydney sets up Dimitrov, Troicki final

Grigor Dimitrov will take on Viktor Troicki in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday night.

Dimitrov qualified for his first final in over 14 months after beating Gilles Muller 6-2, 7-6.

“When I came back today I felt good as new. I stretched, went through my routines, a little bit of a hit, and I think after I was very happy to complete the match with Alex. Then coming out for the second match was just like a new day for me.

“I didn’t think so much of the previous match or how I’m going to finish or what I’m going to do. I was just trying to focus on what was important to me,” the Bulgarian said.

Troicki had a far more intense challenge in his semi-final, coming back from a set down to claim a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili.

The pair will now lock horns for the second time in as many weeks. Seven days ago it was Dimitrov who ousted the Serbian in their second-round encounter at the Brisbane International.

It was the second match of the day for both finalists after persistent rain postponed their quarter-finals until Friday morning.