Dim­itrov eyes ti­tle

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

GRIGOR Dim­itrov said he would leave no stone un­turned to claim a first win over Kei Nishikori in Bris­bane, know­ing his sched­ule was clear un­til the Aus­tralian Open.

The Bul­gar­ian sev­enth seed won 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 to end the ti­tle de­fence of top seed Mi­los Raonic last night.

Dim­itrov will bat­tle fel­low first-time Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional fi­nal­ist and world No.5 Nishikori for the tro­phy tonight.

“It’s the fi­nal. I’m not play­ing any­thing next week, so for sure I’m go­ing to get out there and just leave it all (on the court),’’ he said.

Ear­lier, US Open cham­pion Stan Wawrinka played down an an­kle com­plaint suf­fered in his 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 semi-fi­nal loss to Ja­pan’s Nishikori, say­ing he was not con­cerned about it.

“No, I don’t think so. Just some­thing with my an­kle but noth­ing spe­cial,” Wawrinka said. “To­day I had some lit­tle pain, but that didn’t af­fect my game to­day.”

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