Sydney - Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki mastered rain disruptions to win
two matches each on Friday to reach the final of the Sydney
Bulgaria's Dimitrov downed Alexsandr Dolgopolov and Gilles Muller to
reach his first ATP final in 14 months, while Serb Troicki defeated
Nicolas Mahut and Teimuraz Gabashvili to move into his second straight
Rain forced suspensions of their quarter-finals Thursday forcing the
remaining men's players to double up on Friday to set up Saturday's
Fourth seed Dimitrov, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, accounted for
eighth seed Dolgopolov, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and then followed up with a 6-2,
7-6 (7/4) victory over Luxembourg's Muller to reach the final.
Third seed and defending champion Troicki fought back from a set down
to oust Mahut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and then took out Russian Gabashvili 3-6,
"It's been good day in the office for me," Dimitrov said.
"I was pretty tired yesterday. Four times on and off the court... When I came back today I felt good as new.
"Then coming out the second match was... just a new day for me."
Dimitrov beat Troicki in three sets in the second round of last
week's Brisbane International and said he was confident of repeating the
dose in the Sydney final.
"Last week I was down a set and a break against him. He plays good tennis.
"I think the match is pretty even up. Of
course, I like the odds on my side. Been playing better each match and
feeling confident with each win, so that really helps a lot coming into a
Troicki, who beat Mikhail Kukushkin in last year's Sydney final, said he handled the rain delays well.
"Yeah, it was a good day, successful day. I
played think good tennis considering the conditions today. Tough
mentally going on and off the court all the time," Troicki said.
"I feel fine. I feel fit. This is what I
worked for the last month and a bit more, since got here, for the
preparations in Australia."