ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Grigor Dimitrov came back to beat second-seeded Andy Murray 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in a marathon match that ended early Saturday to book a spot in the Mexican Open final.
The 22 year-old Bulgarian needed nearly three hours to eliminate the heavily-favored Murray and set up a championship matchup with South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who earlier defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
"This has been my hardest match so far, Andy is a great fighter, it was very hard", Dimitrov said. "But there's always one winner and it was my turn today, I'm very happy".
Murray was trying to reach his first final since undergoing back surgery in September.
"I knew that it was not going to be easy, he's a great competitor. Today it was a dog fight, I'm glad I came on top," added Dimitrov, who has a 3-1 career record against Anderson.
The fifth-seeded Anderson, runner up last week at Delray Beach, will be playing in back to back finals for the first time in his career.
Dolgopolov lost to Rafael Nadal in the Rio de Janeiro Open final last week.
"I've been working hard for this", said Anderson. "I'm very happy to be in an Open 500 final, it's a step forward for me. I want to win it now".
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