ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Juan Martin del Potro and Julien Benneteau won their semifinals in straight sets Saturday and will play for the title of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Del Potro reached his second straight final at the Rotterdam tournament by beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4. Benneteau then defeated fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (2), with Simon troubled by an upper thigh injury through much of the second set.
Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, lost to Roger Federer in last year's final but he won't have to face him this year after Benneteau eliminated the Swiss star in the quarterfinals.
"It was not as good as yesterday, but who cares? I won," Benneteau said.
In the first semifinal, the 6-foot-6 Del Potro's powerful serves and groundstrokes were too much for the swift and agile Dimitrov, who was attempting to reach his second ATP final of the year after losing to Andy Murray in Brisbane, Australia, last month.
Del Potro broke in the third game of each set and rarely let Dimitrov attack his serves. Del Potro hasn't dropped a service game in the tournament.
"I am serving well, but I need to serve a little better tomorrow in the final," he said. "I saved a couple of break points, so I need to improve myself."
Dimitrov, a crowd favorite at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena, delighted the fans with a between-the-legs shot from the baseline following a powerful drive from Del Potro. But the 21-year-old Bulgarian faded in the second set, possibly weary from Friday's grueling three-set quarterfinal victory over Marcos Baghdatis that lasted 2
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