Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin, claims ATP Finals title

Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin, claims ATP Finals title

Goffin, who beat an injured Rafael Nadal in the opening match but lost to Thiem in the second, needed only 72 minutes to win 6-4, 6-1, setting up a showdown with six-time champion Roger Federer on Saturday for a place in the title match.

In the end, though, Grigor Dimitrov has shown that he might yet make good on that obvious promise, claiming the biggest prize of his career at the age of 26.

"I'm just pretty relaxed right now".

Although Dimitrov - making his first appearance at this event in 2017 - broke straight back, Goffin raced into a 40-0 lead on his way to restoring his advantage by winning the next.

And the set duly stayed on serve until the eighth game, when an unfortunate net cord for Sock was followed by two double faults in quick succession that offered Dimitrov two chances to break.

Dimitrov took charge of proceedings early on, playing a brilliant point by coming in on Sock's backhand, pushing his opponent out of position and then volleying into open court to earn the first break.

"One person who played an important part is my girfriend Nicole".

"There is - how can I say - not the old generation, but the generation of Federer, he's nearly 10 years older than me", Goffin said.

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

The unexpected climax to the ATP season was a compelling match and the first O2 final to go to a deciding set since Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011.

"As soon as I came back at 3-3 with a good service game, I knew that he was struggling a little bit with his groundstrokes", Goffin said.

He is the first man to beat both players at the same tournament without taking home the trophy but put that disappointment aside to say he has improved as a result of his eyecatching week. In the second, I had some opportunities to come back, to break back, but he was really solid.

Dimitrov claimed his first Masters title in Cincinnati in August, and having risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London, his next target is a Grand Slam. At 3-0 in the second set, Goffin was digging his heels into the game.

Winning the week-long curtain call tournament without defeat in five games has become as lucrative to players as winning a two-week long grand slam. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine". He'd had to change things up after their round-robin encounter, but his courageous all-or-nothing approach wasn't enough against the DImitrov defence, and a late mini-revival failed to save the match.

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