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London | Dimitrov secures last semi-final place

Grigor Dimitrov has no intention of changing his game in order to beat Jack Sock in their semi-final at the Nitto ATP Finals at the 02 on Saturday night.

The Bulgarian said: “I don’t think I’m going to be trying anything different against Jack. I’m just going to focus on my side of the net, my game. Again, he has his game, I have my game. Simple as that. I don’t think either one of us is going to try to do anything different in order to win.

“Obviously, the fight is going to be out there. But I don’t feel like I want to change anything in my game or try something new or different from what’s working. Why change if things are going well for you? “

The simplicity really helps me right now Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov knows Sock can be a dangerous opponent.

He said: “He is not an ordinary player. He really uses his strengths very good. I think he obviously has improved a lot on his game, played pretty much throughout the whole year, very strong finish of the year, won a Masters (Paris). Obviously he’s riding on confidence right now. A lot of players are pretty dangerous, but he just uses his strengths better than some other players.”

Dimitrov overcame Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1 6-1 in the final round-robin encounter of the tournament

There was just 200 ranking points and £145,000 prize money on the line against Carreno Busta, who replaced injury world No.1 Rafa Nadal after the first game.

Dimitrov said: “The goal was not to overthink, not to think that I’m already playing on Saturday. It’s just match by match. For me, it’s just important to focus on these things right now. The simplicity really helps me right now.

“I’m not overthinking. Even when I play my game, I miss a ball, is miss a ball, on to the next one. I want to do keep that momentum going. Ultimately it turned out to be another great day in the office.”

Sock, the American No.1, is not distracted by the hype following his shock run after qualifying in eighth after lifting the Paris Masters title.

He said: “No, I don’t think so. I think I always have fun with you guys, joke around. I really don’t take it too serious, to be honest. Whether there’s media 24/7 or there’s no media at all, I’m still the same guy. It doesn’t change me whether my ranking is 1 or 592.

“I love to play golf, throw the football around, hang with my friends, all that. Yeah, whether there’s a ton of media or not, it’s not going to change me in the slightest.”




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