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Australian Open: Dimitrov crushes Goffin to ease into semi-finals

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Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday eased past Belgian David Goffin 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes to march into the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Dimitrov, unbeaten in 2017, recently won the fifth title of his career after defeating Japanese Kei Nishikori at the Brisbane International.


Wednesday's result means he has reached his second ever Grand Slam semi-final, after making the final four at Wimbledon three years ago.

The 15th seed, the first Bulgarian to make the semi-finals of a Slam on more than one occasion, will face the winner of the match between Canadian Milos Raonic and legendary Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

"I've set some high goals for myself this year, and I want to keep getting better and better," Dimitrov said.

Looking ahead to his semi-final encounter, Dimitrov said, “In order to win a slam, there's no shortcut. I feel like I have all the tools to go further, and my job isn't over yet. I'm looking forward to my match on Friday. I think I'm prepared. I think I'm ready to go the distance.”

Goffin meanwhile was all praise for his opponent, sharing, “His improvement is mentally. The last few months he proved that mentally he was much better than in the past. He didn't give any points. He was really solid.”