Dimitrov Continues to Impress

  • Last Updated: June 16 2012, 8:31 BST

Grigor Dimitrov wept with joy as he reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final after beating ninth seed Kevin Anderson at the AEGON Championships.

Dimitrov: Beat the big-serving Anderson

Dimitrov withstood serves of up to 135mph from the big South African to record a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win at Queen's.

The 21-year-old Bulgarian received a standing ovation for his victory on centre court and cried tears of joy before sharing a warm embrace with his father Dimitar, who first handed him a racquet at the age of three.

"I got a couple of tears," the world number 72 said. "It was a good moment and I wanted to share it with the people that I love.

"My father was here, and I think it was a big moment for him too.

"It was for me, but I think it was more for him because of all that we have been through together.

"It was great and after I just wanted to thank him. It was an awesome experience for us."

Anderson clinched the first set with a crucial break but, after a rain delay at the start of the second, Dimitrov became more composed and started to reel off some of the ground strokes that have seen him branded 'Baby Fed' due to comparisons between his game and that of Roger Federer.

Anderson had no answer to Dimitrov's mobility and placement, although he did admit to struggling against the might of his 6ft 8in opponent at times.

"You need a dozen of everything to beat him," Dimitrov said.

"He's one of the biggest servers I've ever played."

Dimitrov, who spent some of his time while waiting for the clouds to clear talking to a smiling ball girl, hopes to go all the way here at Queen's.

He has every right to feel confident of victory. It was the first time he has dropped a set at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament and all five top seeds are out.

"I think I can win it, sure," said the Bulgarian, who will face David Nalbandian after he beat Xavier Malisse of Belgium.

"Anything can happen once you get in the semis.

"You can expect anything at any time on grass. I just have to keep my feet on the ground."

Earlier, Yen-Hsun Lu beat third seed Janko Tipsarevic in his rain-delayed third round match before retiring hurt against Marin Cilic in his quarter-final clash due to a groin injury.

Tenth seed Nalbandian later came from a set down to see off Malisse 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 on court one, while 2010 champion Sam Querrey beat Ivan Dodig 7-5 3-6 6-3 in the other quarter-final.