Cincinnati Masters: Grigor Dimitrov defeats Isner, reaches final

The Bulgarian defeated U.S.A.’s John Isner 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (12/10) to reach his first ATP Masters final.

A win on Sunday will provide Grigor Dimitrov his third title of the season.   -  AP

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov dispatched 19th-ranked American John Isner 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (12/10) to reach his first ATP Masters final, taking a dramatic final tie-breaker on his fourth match point.

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"Patience. That's what it is," Dimitrov said. "I knew where he was going to serve but I couldn't do much on the ball. I just remained focused and used every opportunity I had."

Dimitrov, who matched his best Grand Slam showing by reaching this year's Australian Open semifinals, seeks his third title of the season and sixth of his career on Sunday against the winner of a later semifinal between Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Spain's David Ferrer.

"Tomorrow is going to be a step forward for me," Dimitrov said.