Grigor Dimitrov edges out David Goffin in Tour Finals thriller

Grigor Dimitrov edges out David Goffin in Tour Finals thriller

Roger Federer, meanwhile, was knocked out in the semi-finals by Goffin, but the seventh seed could not repeat that performance in the decider at the O2 Arena in London.

Goffin will fight for a semifinal berth with Austrian Dominic Thiem in their final group match on Friday.

Win Tim took a late break in the deciding set.

From then on, the young Austrian seemed unable to really get his racket back in the game: he conceded two more early breaks and allowed his opponent a 4-1 lead in the second.

"I was in my match, so that was the key tonight, was to be in my match from the first to the last point". That was made clear by the decision he made to not play Paris and pursue the number one ranking, he is not confident his body can handle much more of this. "I mean, to be here, my first appearance, to make the semis, getting through a pretty tough group, that's a big confidence booster for me".

But 22 minutes in and the world No. 2 held a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Eleven minutes later and a line-grazing ace down the middle closed the first set 6-2, easily in Federer's favour.

After an hour-long opening set, the two players matched each other in the second until the Belgian broke for 4-3 having survived a break point in the previous game.

Goffin saved three match points on his own serve, but Dimitrov kept his cool, taking the second opportunity on his own delivery to close it out.

This was certainly a different Goffin; forcing Federer to counterattack with attack.

Grigor Dimitrov edges out David Goffin in Tour Finals thriller

The match looked to have turned soon after. A hold from Goffin and a hold from Federer and the Belgian was serving for the match.

"I'm feeling okay. It was not the problem today".

"We need some days off to rest and I will be ready next weekend", said Goffin. A fiery next service game and Sock had made it onto the scoreboard at 3-1.

"I was in my match which was the important thing".

"It was a tough game [at 2-3] and I was a little bit exhausted in the third". He stepped in the court, started being a little more aggressive.

"I am very proud to play him in the final. With that season, I'm extremely happy", Federer said.

Sock had found his momentum again and two games later and the scores were even once more. Sock channelled that rage with a burst of power hitting as he won four successive games. It was turning into quite the contest. The resilience that allowed Sock to come from behind and win the first set was nowhere to be seen in the second. And what an incredible set of tennis the fans were gifted with as a result; drops shots, volleys and ace aplenty.

GRIGOR DIMITROV has proved it at last: he DOES have the tennis X-Factor.

"It's such an honour to play here", Dimitrov said.

"Now I want to go and play some golf".

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