Dimitrov powers into Istanbul final

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Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov defeated Ivo Karlovic from Croatia to book his place in the final of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open tennis tournament on Saturday.

There was precious little separating second-seeded Dimitrov and third-seeded Karlovic during their match.

Neither player managed to break serve, and only Karlovic managed to earn a single break point, which Dimitrov duly saved.

It was left to two tie-breaks to decide the match, and it was here that Dimitrov outclassed his opponent, comfortably winning each one to close out a 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2) victory.

Dimitrov moves on to his eighth ATP World Tour final, and second of the year.

Standing between him and the trophy is Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who found himself a set down against countryman Federico Delbonis before turning the tables and completing a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2 win.