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Grigor Dimitrov last night hailed his victory over Andy Murray as his best ever – then said he was hungrier than the Scot.

The Bulgarian underdog fought back from a set down to dump Murray 4–6 7–6 (7–5) 7–6 (7–3) and reach today's final of the Mexican Open.

It was a three–hour slog that went into the wee small hours of the morning.

And Dunblane star Andy looked frustrated as he lost out in two tiebreak deciders.

Dimitrov, 22, said: "It feels like the best win of my career.

"I always thought Andy was an unbelievable player. He's a great fighter.

"I was really happy with how I played. I wanted to win so badly there was always going to be one winner."

Dimitrov now faces South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final after he defeated Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6–1 5–7 6–4 in the other semi.

But it was good experience for the British No.1 who was trying to reach his first final since undergoing back surgery in September.

He got off to a flier, breaking his younger opponent early on his way to clinching the first set.

But an epic rally in the second that put Dimitrov 2–1 up seemed to be a turning point.

The Scot did well to force a tie–break but Dimitrov surged into a 6–1 lead that Murray couldn't rein in. The Wimbledon champ was wilting in the humid conditions as 2am local time came and went.

In the third–set tiebreak he won the first point but couldn't resist the Bulgarian.

Roger Federer produced another brilliant comeback to beat Tomas Berdych and win the Dubai Championships for a sixth time.

The Swiss came back from a set down in Friday's semi–final to beat Novak Djokovic.

And the 32–year–old had to dig deep once more to recover from a set down to eventually run out a 3–6 6–4 6–3 winner.


ALL OVERANDY's Acapulco adventure is finished and, inset, his victor Dimitrov
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 2, 2014
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