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Dimitrov followed by Federer in the semifinal of the Final tournament
July 21 2018, 12:15 | Van Peters
The two finalists shared the first two sets but Goffin was broken at 2-3 in the decider after the crowd interrupted his service motion.
"I have nothing to lose", Goffin said. It was just the feeling. I let him back into the game.
If Dimitrov continues in this form it will be hard for Sock to challenge him, despite the American winning three of their four previous encounters.
The Belgian opened the match well, acing Federer twice, but he threw away a game point allowing his opponent to swoop in and claim the first game easily. I'm just focusing on myself, the recovery that I'm going to do today. Goffin for his part has already beaten Federer and Rafael Nadal this week - the first man to do so at the same tournament, by my calculations, since Novak Djokovic at this event two years ago - and conjures up delicious angles from the baseline, especially on the backhand side.
But 22 minutes in and the world No. 2 held a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Still, Goffin wasn't about to give up on his finals hopes. What at first appeared to be an exercise in damage limitation grew into an increasingly potent threat as Goffin's serve subdued Federer, who fired a forehand long on his only break point in the set. Came up with some pretty insane shots in the third set at some inopportune (moments) for myself.
A double fault from Goffin at game point at 2-1 looked to have cost Goffin, but he turned it back around to lead 3-1.
Such thoughts must have been flowing through his mind when, serving for the match, three chances to close out came and went.
"I can not describe how I'm feeling. Against Roger, it was such a special moment, I can not describe", Goffin said after the match.
Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday, becoming the first debutant to win the end-of-season finale since 1998.
"Just was great match, great atmosphere".
But the psychological advantage Goffin's netted forehand gave Dimitrov lasted only until mid-way through the second set, when the less fancied of the two players broke and then closed out the set to level the score.
"Now I want to go and play some golf".
In spite of the overwhelming score line, Carreno Busta didn't actually play badly, but instead, all credit to Dimitrov who displayed a near-perfect performance.
Sock had found his momentum again and two games later and the scores were even once more.
Dimitrov held confidently and then broke when Sock mishit a rally ball.