October 21, 2017 / 5:08 PM / a year ago

Dimitrov to face Del Potro in Stockholm Open final

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Shanghai Masters tennis tournament - Shanghai, China - October 13, 2017 - Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain. REUTERS/Aly Song

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov took a step closer to qualifying for the ATP Finals in London on Saturday after setting up a Stockholm Open final showdown with Juan Martin del Potro.

World number eight Dimitrov, who is chasing one of the four remaining berths for next month’s eight-man season ending tournament, beat flamboyant Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3 7-6(2).

The Bulgarian, who won the tournament in 2013, will face defending champion Del Potro in Sunday’s final after the Argentine beat Fernando Verdasco 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(1).

Del Potro, ranked 19th, struggled early against Verdasco before coming back from a set down to secure victory with a blazing display in the third set tiebreak.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem have already secure places in the London finale.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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