Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov reached his second grand slam semi-final when he defeated Belgian 11th seed David Goffin at the Australian Open in straight sets on Wednesday.
The 19th-seeded Bulgarian, was a convincing winner over an error-strewn Goffin in the Rod Laver Arena, needing two hours and 14 minutes to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and set up a meeting with either Rafael Nadal or third seed Milos Raonic in the final four.
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This was a match where Goffin battled with his serve, including 46 unforced errors overall while Dimitrov always seemed to have the edge.
In the opening set, there were three breaks of serve, with Goffin dropping his in the second game to trail 0-2 and though be claimed his opponent's serve in the fifth game to trail 2-3, Dimitrov broke again in the eighth game, after his opponent saved three break points but not the fourth, and served out the set winning it 6-3.
It was all Dimitrov in the following set, despite dropping his serve once the Bulgarian claimed Goffin's serve three times to win the set 6-2.
The third set was closer but Dimitrov managed to break in the seventh game to lead 4-3 and even though Goffin saved two match points in the ninth game it did not help him too much as Dimitrov served it out to love with a huge backhand winner down the line to seal the win 6-4.
After his convincing victory, Dimitrov said as the match progressed he got better and better and couldn't be happier with the result.
"I knew it wasn't going to be easy," said the 25-year-old.
"The first set was nerve-wracking. Absolutely nerve-wracking. But with each point and game, I was feeling better, and I found my groove. I couldn't be happier. It means too much to me right now.
"I'm probably going to lay down and watch the [Nadal-Raonic] match and see what's going on. It's not an easy match. Whoever I am facing next I need to be 100% ready. But for now, I am just humbled to be into the semis.
"[I started working with Dani Vallverdu] last year. Just to simplify a lot of things for me. It's not easy to just jump on board and start changing things but we were on the same page. It was simple from then on. Ticking the boxes, staying healthy and fighting."