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Roger Federer beats Seppi to reach Rotterdam Open final, to play Grigor Dimitrov

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New world number one Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rotterdam Open in Holland with straight-set victory over Italian Andreas Seppi on Saturday.

36-year-old Federer, who became the oldest world number one in tennis history on Friday, beat 33-year-old Seppi 6-3, 7-6 to set up a final clash with Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov for Sunday.

The two-time Rotterdam champion, who admitted he has missed out on sleep through a combination of world rankings celebrations and watching the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, said he feels fit going into the final.

“I’m good – it’s not been a tough week physically, maybe a bit harder emotionally,” he added.

“I hope to play one more good match and that’s it for the week.”

In an earlier match, Grigor Dimitrov went through to the final as a result of David Goffin being forced to retire after a freak eye injury in the second set.

The 27-year-old Belgian was trailing world number five Dimitrov 6-3 0-1 when the ball ricocheted off his frame and struck him straight in the face.

David Goffin was unable to continue after the ball struck him in the eye

After a medical timeout, it was announced the world No. 7 was unable to continue, with Dimitrov advancing to the final in extraordinary and unfortunate circumstances.

Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov will lock horns today, Sunday from 3:30pm at the Centre Court, Ahoy Rotterdam.

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