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Grigor Dimitrov to face Rosol in Bucharest final

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Grigor Dimitrov will face Lukas Rosol in the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac trophy in Bucharest on Sunday, in what will be a meeting between the top seed and the defending champion.

Dimitrov advanced to his second tournament final of 2014 when his French opponent Gael Monfils retired due to an injury to his ankle when trailing 5-1 just 16 minutes into the opening set.

It was an enegy-saving win for Dimitrov, but he was unhappy to win in such circumstances, but rates his chances of winning Sunday’s final.

He said: "It is disappointing for Gael. As much as I am happy, it is an undeserved win and unfortunately it had to end that way. I saw what happened. I hope he will be okay for the coming weeks.

"I am confident, having beaten some good players. I have to be prepared as I know what to expect from him. It will be a good feeling walking out onto centre court tomorrow."

Rosol has now won nine matches in a row at the tournament, and his latest victory came courtesy of a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 success over Dutchman Robin Haase.

The win had looked in doubt for the Czech, who found himself a set and 0-2 down before making a recovery, and he reached his second ATP final, with both coming in Bucharest.

The 28-year-old won his only singles title of his career so far in Bucharest in 2013, when he defeated Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in the final, which was the last time the tournament was played on clay before changing to a hard court this year.

It will be the first time the two players have competed against each other, and 27 places separate them in the world rankings, with Dimitrov being ranked at 16 and Rosol at 43, and Dimitrov will be the favourite going into the match.

The Bulgarian will be playing for the third ATP singles title of his career, and his previous two have also come on hard courts, with the second of which coming in Acapulco in February, where he beat South African Kevin Anderson in the final.

A victory would improve his chances of being seeded in the top 16 for the French Open, which begins at the end of May. He performed well in the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open, reaching the quarter-finals before being beaten by Rafael Nadal in four sets.

But aside from his performances in Acapulco, the 22-year-old has struggled to find his best form since then, as he has failed to make it to the quarter-finals of any other tournament.

Rosol has an outside chance of making it into a seeded position for the French Open, dependent on how well he can perform at the Masters Series tournaments in Rome and Madrid, and he has only made one other quarter-final this year, in Dubai in February, though he did win a challenger event in Irving, USA in March.

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