Grigor Dimitrov beats top seed Stan Wawrinka at Queen's

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Grigor Dimitrov does the splits for an amazing winner

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov outplayed top seed Stan Wawrinka to reach his first grass-court final at Queen's Club.

Wawrinka had his serve broken three times as fourth seed Dimitrov won 6-2 6-4 in 61 minutes at the Aegon Championships.

He will play 10th seed Feliciano Lopez on Sunday after the Spaniard beat Czech Radek Stepanek 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

"It feels good to beat such a player as Stan," Dimitrov, 23, told BBC Sport.

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Stanislas Wawrinka smashes his raquet in frustration

"There were a lot of nerves on the court today, especially in the first four games. The ultimate goal was to get to the final here and win it. That still stays in front of me."

Wawrinka had gone through his first three matches without dropping serve, but the Australian Open champion could not contain Dimitrov.

The Swiss double-faulted to fall behind in game five, and the set was effectively over when Dimitrov cracked a brilliant backhand winner to get the double break.

A stunning drop shot on the slide had the crowd roaring early in the second set as the flamboyant Bulgarian continued to make the running, serving his way out of trouble when required.

Wawrinka succumbed to the pressure at 3-3 when two loose forehands saw him drop serve for a third time, and after the Swiss smashed his racquet in frustration, Dimitrov coolly saw out the win, converting match point with an ace.

A former world junior number one, the Queen's Club tournament supported Dimitrov in his younger years with wildcards, making his achievement this week all the more enjoyable.

"I always wanted to be in a final out here," he said. "Stepping out on that Sunday means a lot to me.

"I don't know why I have such a strong intuition about this tournament. It has always been one of the biggest events for me, for some reason. There's nothing better than to be in the final."

Feliciano Lopez
Feliciano Lopez beat second seed Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek on his way to the Queen's final

Asked about the state of his grass-court game ahead of Wimbledon, Wawrinka said: "I can still improve, for sure. I need to do more hours on the practice court.

"In general, I feel OK. I'm sure I'm going to be ready for Wimbledon, and I'm sure if I can start the tournament well I will have a chance to do really well."

Lopez, 32, won the opening set of a hard-fought contest against Stepanek by edging the tie-break, before getting the only break of serve in the match to set up a final against Dimitrov.

"He's one of the youngest guys and one of the best players on the tour right now," Lopez said of the Bulgarian.

"It's going to be very tough. He beat Stan very easy today, so he's going to be very confident, as I am."

In Germany, Roger Federer reached the final of the Gerry Weber Open with a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) win over Japan's Kei Nishikori, and will face Colombia's Alejandro Falla on Sunday.

Top seed Ana Ivanovic beat Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-2 at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham to set up a final against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers reached their sixth ATP doubles final with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Aegon Championships final

Queen's Club, London
Sunday, 15 June
Live on BBC Two, HD, online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV from 14:00-17:30 BST on Sunday.

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