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Eighth seed Alex de Minaur works hard to make a breakthrough on Saturday against fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in Antwerp.

Demon Delivers! De Minaur Edges Dimitrov In Antwerp

Australian to meet Humbert in Sunday's final

Alex de Minaur held his nerve in a tense victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday evening for a place in the European Open final.

The eighth-seeded Australian weathered some blistering shot-making from fourth seed Dimitrov to triumph 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-4 in two hours and 48 minutes. He will next challenge France’s Ugo Humbert in his seventh ATP Tour title match (3-3 record).

De Minaur, who has a 10-7 record on the season and is through to his first tour-level final in 12 months (2019 Swiss Indoors Basel), was slightly stronger on serve in the deciding set, which featured three straight service breaks from 3-3.

De Minaur won the first five points of the first-set tie-break, after both players struggled to hold serve. Dimitrov, who won 44 per cent of his first-service points in the 55-minute opener, stepped up in the second set and played a solid tie-break, winning the first six points.

When De Minaur broke for a 4-3 lead in the decider, the 21-year-old looked on course for victory, but Dimitrov broke back to love only to make three groundstroke errors at 4-4. De Minaur then took his time when serving for the match.

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The 29-year-old Dimitrov had been bidding to reach his 16th ATP Tour final (8-7), the last of which came in February 2018 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (l. to Federer). The Bulgarian is now 16-10 on the year.

De Minaur have not met Humbert before. Humbert beat Daniel Evans 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 in the first semi-final on Saturday.

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