David Goffin
3 1

Grigor Dimitrov
6 0



Good afternoon everyone! I'm Sue Revell, here to bring you the story of the first of today's semi-finals in Rotterdam! Grigor Dimitrov ranked World No 5 (seeded 2) versus David Goffin ranked No 7 (seeded 4) . This could be a pretty tasty clash!

These guys have met on 6 previous occasions and Grigor leads the H2H by 5:1. Their last four encounters were played indoor on hard courts too - their last meeting was that ATP final! Is it noteworthy that the one Goffin win was in the QF here in Rotterdam last year? Possibly. David wins the toss and elects to receive.

Grigor is looking, er, resplendent in liquorice allsort pink. I have nothing against liquorice allsorts, other than I don't like liquorice, and I'm rather fond of Grigor - but that outfit, complete with shoes, is pretty PINK! David? Let's just say he's wearing a rather tame blue, by comparison!

Here we go... Dimitrov serving - starts with an ACE! Goffin levels as Dimitrov lands a forehand long. 15-15 The first of what I suspect will be many long rallies..... an error down the line from Goffin. 30-15. Two more great serves. That's an excellent service game from Grigor to lead 1-0. DG 0 - 1 GD

Another long rally on the back of a second serve..... eventually Grigor works his way into the net, finishes with a gorgeous volley to take the opening point. Not much else of note in that game - a pretty straightforward hold for David. DG 1 - 1 GD

I'm not sure whether it's the serve or the outfit that is a bit bedazzling at the other end - just as I type that David gets a look at a second serve and levels 30-30. Next two points are gifted to Dimitrov and he stays ahead 2-1. DG 1 - 2 GD

Lovely rally - David's backhand down the line coming back from interest as Grigor snaffles the first point. And the second. Goffin plays a perfectly placed serve and gets into the net to take the next point. Dimitrov gets a second serve to play with - can he create an opportunity here? No - Goffin levels 30-30.

Oh.... he can here though! Break Point Dimitrov! WHAT A POINT! A big forehand into the corner from Grigor, Goffin makes the forehand down the line. Somehow Dimitrov gets it back and Goffin saves the break point with a lovely cross court forehand. Deuce.

Another great point from the Belgian to take Advantage point. Will he hold here? No! That volley is just not clean enough and Grigor finds the pass! DEUCE!

A well deserved fist pump from Grigor as he OWNS the forehand down the line. Break Point No 2! Another lovely rally, Goffin misses the backhand down the line and Dimitrov BREAKS! DG 1 - 3 GD