David Goffin is comforted by Grigor Dimitrov before retiring from their ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-final with an eye injury on Saturday.

World No. 5 into the final after freak accident causes Belgian to retire

Grigor Dimitrov has reached his first ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final, in unfortunate circumstances, after David Goffin was forced to retire with a serious eye injury on Saturday.

The World No. 5, who was serving at 6-3, 0-1 when the incident occurred, hit a forehand passing shot which hit the frame of Goffin’s racquet and deflected the ball into his left eye. The incident is the second freak accident Goffin has fallen victim to in eight months after the 27-year-old injured his right ankle at Roland Garros last year after getting it caught in a tarpaulin cover.

Dimitrov moves into Sunday’s final where he will meet the winner of tonight’s second semi-final, as top seed Roger Federer takes on Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

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