Dimitrov beats Goffin to reach last four at ATP Finals


Grigor Dimitrov became the first debutant to win the season-ending ATP Finals for 19 years after defeating David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 in Sunday's final at London's O2.

Both Dimitrov and Goffin will now feature in the final match of the ATP Tour calendar in London for the first time in their careers. "So when my body's allowing me to do this kind of preparation, I feel I already have an advantage over any other player".

"I'm just pretty relaxed right now".

Dimitrov, in particular, looks to be a leading contender, behind only world No.1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer when the rankings update on Monday.

It soon became apparent that Dimitrov would not have the third set all his own way, though, as Sock composed himself and began to attack his opponent's awkward slice with heavier forehands. He played one very good match here, (and) one very bad match. Somehow after the three-love [game], I lost it until the end.' He played 27 tournaments this year. "So, yeah, I think I'm a better player [for it]".

The adrenaline was pumping from both players with the rallies more and more intense - including a brutal 21-shot rally in the fifth game which floored Sock.

Dimitrov had to wait until the eighth game to break back for a second time and a tight set then ended with a fiercely fought battle, the Bulgarian converting his fifth set point on the Goffin serve to prevent a tie-break. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.

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But as Dimitrov savoured that one of many firsts by looking forward to a break from the game, Goffin will be in action again next week for Belgium in the Davis Cup final against France.

"There is the generation of Federer, he's nearly 10 years older than me, so we are not from the same generation".

Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set.

Goffin was left serving for survival at 5-3 down and clawed his way back from 40-0 down to stay alive in an enthralling encounter, but a exhausted backhand into the net gifted Dimitrov the title in the next game.

Dimitrov served his way to 40-15 but saw another chance drift away, before Goffin finally netted a backhand volley to end the match. "It's the only game maybe I didn't serve well. He was really solid".

But he has bounced back strongly to enjoy the best season of his career in 2017, winning four titles in all, including his first Masters title in Cincinnati.

"I don't want to get too hyped up because I've done well, now I'm No. 3 in the world", Dimitrov said.