Dimitrov surpasses Garin to reach the semifinals of Paris

PARIS: Grigor Dimitrov solid run on the Paris masters continued when the Bulgarian fired Chile Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5 to reach the semifinals on Friday.

Dimitrov, who had been fighting since he was defeated in the semifinal of the US Open in September, beat a wobble in the second set to organize a meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic who defeated the seventh Greek seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2.

Dimitrov made a quick start when he broke Garin in his first service game. The Bulgarian pocketed the first set with another break in the eighth game, as the nerves beat Garin who was playing his first quarterfinals of the Masters.

Dimitrov went up 2-0 in the second set, but Garin returned the blow with his first break of the game to level 2-2 and again stole the service of the 28-year-old to lead 5-4.

Dimitrov, however, broke back and wrapped him in Garin's service in his first match point.

Later on Friday, Frenchman Gael Monfils will snatch the remaining ticket for the APT finals at the end of the season if he defeats Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

If he fails, Italian Matteo Berrettini, who was eliminated in the second round here, will win the place for the November 10-17 event at the O2 in London.

Rafael Nadal, who will assume the number one spot in the world on Monday, will face local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last game of the day at Bercy.