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Kevin crashes out
- Updated: June 16, 2012
Top-ranked Kevin Anderson failed to reach the semi-finals of the AEGON Championships in London on Friday as Grigor Dimitrov reached his first World Tour semi instead.
The Bulgarian, ranked 72nd in the world, toppled 30th ranked Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-3 to go through.
Not even 15 aces from the tall South African could see him through to his fifth semi-final of the year.
After a match twice delayed by rain in the middle set, former Wimbledon junior champion Dimitrov, 21, cried on court with relief.
As for ninth seeded Anderson he was left to rue missed chances in the 2-hour match on Centre Court.
Dimitrov has been one of the form men of the tournament and not dropped a set in three matches before he took on Anderson.
“I was basically kind of stuck after the first set, but thank God it rained so I had time to go back in the locker and had time to review the first set and see what I did good and see what I did bad,” Dimitrov told the ATP Tour website.
“After I think I was just more focused and more steady than him. It was ups and downs, but what’s important is the end result. I got a couple of tears. It was a good moment. I always wanted to share this with the people that I love.”
Dimitrov will look to continue his best tour-level run when he plays 10th seed David Nalbandian on Saturday.