|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
4-6 - GAME, SET AND MATCH NALBANDIAN! A stylish performance from Nalbandian to secure his place in the final with a 6-4 6-4 victory. Very impressive stuff from the Argentine, who had just had too much know-how for the young Bulgarian. He will face Marin Cilic in tomorrow's final at Queen's Club.
4-5 - BREAK NALBANDIAN! Brilliant rally with Dimitrov holding advantage, but he slams an overhead into the net as the wind took effect on an Nalbandian attempted lob. Sliced return from Naldbandian causing all sorts of bother. Nalbandian works a wonderful point to secure the break. Stunning little drop shot from Nalbandian. He will serve for the match.
4-4 - Nalbandian holds his nerve and holds serve. Neither man overly convincing on serve so it is coming down to who can deliver better in the rallies. At the moment, Nalbandian has that honour but Dimitrov is improving the longer this one goes on.
4-3 - A third straight game from the youngster to hold. Dimitrov warming to the task somewhat and has a lead in the set he needs to stay alive in this tournament. Visibly lifted his level in the previous few games. Nalbandian again unhappy with his own output.
3-3 - BREAK DIMITROV! Dimitrov right back in this match as he breaks back when the match seemed to be slipping away from him. All level now. And suddenly there is life in this encounter in the London wind. Dimitrov has some swashbuckling shots in his locker.
2-3 - Perhaps Dimitrov's best service game of the match as he clubs a few winners away in holding to love. Much, much better from the young Bulgarian. Nalbandian leads 3-2 with the break in this second set.
1-3 - Dimitrov has probably not played in conditions as windy as this, but he slips over a delightful backhand to hit back to 40-15. He tries the same shot seconds later and gets the reward as a backhand clips the back of the line. Recovers from trailing 0-40 before he pulls a forehand wide from deep to hand Nalbandian game point. The players exchange a few more rallies before Nalbandian finally holds serve.
1-2 - BREAK NALBANDIAN! The experience of Nalbandian is becoming the telling factor in this match. Clipping the ball into corners and Dimitrov has been left hamstrung by his opponent's groundstroker. Dimitrov is heading for an exit in the wind unless he can come up with something a bit extra here.
1-1 - Nalbandian continues to use the angles of the court with some precision. Slips a forehand away from Dimitrov to move 40-0 clear before the Bulgarian shows his class with a big forehand winner down the line. Wind catches out Nalbandian as he lifts a backhand long before Dimitrov is just long with an attempted lob. 1-1. Games on serve.
1-0 - Big hold from Dimitrov in that game under pressure. Can't really afford to give Nalbandian any encouragement. Naldbandian looking as fit as he did when losing the Wimbledon final to Lleyton Hewitt a decade ago.
4-6 - SET NALBANDIAN! Much, much better stuff from Nalbandian. Looking a lot more assured in that game as he holds to love to pocket the first set. Dimitrov yet to sparkle in this semi-final. Nalbandian working the ball well from side to side, and dominating much of the play.
4-5 - Dimitrov has only dropped one set in the tournament so far, but will drop his second if he fails to break Nalbandian in this game. Much better service game there from the youngster, who is ranked 72nd in the world but should be on the rise whatever happens in this match.
3-5 - Nalbandian coming up with a couple of body serves to leave his opponent in a spot of bother. He races out to a 40-0 lead before Dimitrov misses with a foehand from deep. Windy conditions, but Nalbandian finally holds. He is looking for one more game to cement this first set.
3-4 - 3-4 BREAK NALBANDIAN! Just get the impression that Nalbandian is handling the conditions a bit better than the Bulgarian youngster, who has now been broken three times in four service games. Dimitrov misses a forehand on the run on break point down. Risky shot to try. Doesn't come off and the Argentine holds a 4-3 lead with a serve to come.
3-3 - BREAK DIMITROV! Nalbandian not best pleased with how this match is working out so far. Guilty of throwing in a few wayward shots at the wrong time. Gives himself a severe talking to as he hands his oppenent the fourth break of the match. We are back on serve even if that seems to be inconsequential.
2-3 - BREAK NALBANDIAN! Breaks not really as important in these conditions, but Nalbandian has another one any way to lead 3-2.. Dimitrov being made to look a bit silly on a couple of points as the ball moves away from him after it bounces before he knocks a volley into the net.
2-2 - Line judge takes one on the shoulder from a Nalbandian ace as the ball flies through Dimitrov's defence. A comfortable hold for Nalbandian. Good hold in these windy conditions.
2-1 - Dimitrov saves three break points to prevent his opponent from breaking for a second time. Dimitrov looking very relaxed and hitting the ball with some real menace. Not really going to be a match based on serve this one.
1-1 - BREAK DIMITROV! Wind causing mayhem for these two men. The first four points are split before Dimitrov murders a return down the line to bring up his first break point. Nalbandian mishits a forehand in the wind as he lifts the ball out of play to hand the break back to his young opponent.
0-1 - BREAK NALBANDIAN! Nalbandian not lacking in imagination in this wind. Cracks a couple of stunning forehands over the net to get Dimitrov on the move before coming to the net to convert a winning volley. Fine start by the man from Argentina.
0-0 - Dimitrov serves in the opening game of this semi-final.
15.45 - First match between these two players on the professional circuit. Nalbandian up to 39 in the world with Dimitrov at 72. Should be an interesting afternoon. Pity about the wind.
15.40 - Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of David Nalbandian against Grigor Dimitrov in the second semi-final at Queen's Club.
|Date of Birth||16/05/1991|
|Date of Birth||01/01/1982|