Grigor Dimitrov will not be taking victory for granted when he plays Jack Sock in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals on Saturday.
The sixth seed thrashed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1 6-1 to finish at the top of Group Pete Sampras and set up a last-four clash with Sock, who finished second in Group Boris Becker.
The Bulgarian said after his victory in London on Friday: “I wanted to keep on going with the style that I’ve been doing so far… I followed my game well and didn’t make mistakes. I think the simplicity helped me to play such a good game, to go through those matches in such a manner.
“Jack is not an ordinary player. He really uses his strengths very good.
“I think he obviously has improved a lot in his game, played pretty much throughout the whole year, very strong finish of the year, won the Paris Masters. Obviously he’s riding on confidence right now.”
Dimitrov has enjoyed a fine year. He reached the Australian Open semi-finals as well as winning titles in Brisbane and Sofia as well as the Western & Southern Open.
He reached the 13th ATP World Tour final of his career last month in Stockholm when he was defeated by Juan Martin Del Potro and is 1/2 to beat Sock while Roger Federer can be backed at 1/14 to beat David Goffin in the other last-four clash.