Dimitrov wins ATP Finals, Grand Slam his next target

Dimitrov wins ATP Finals, Grand Slam his next target

Dimitrov wins ATP Finals, Grand Slam his next target

The Bulgarian sixth seed held his nerve to beat Belgium's David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a gripping contest at London's O2 Arena, finally sealing the match with his fifth championship point.

Grigor Dimitrov's talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win - but he needed more than that to get over the line.

The second game of the second set was to prove a turning point as Goffin, beaten 6-2 6-1 by Federer in Basel last month, broke the Swiss's serve with a forehand victor and then consolidated his lead to take the match into a decider. I didn't put a lot of first serves in that game.

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. "And right now those are the moments that I rise up to".

Goffin managed only two games against Dimitrov when they met on Wednesday in group play, but the world number eight, who claimed a rare double of beating both Nadal and Federer this week, was a different proposition this time. Congrats to him and his team for this incredible result, I think he's one of the most improved players throughout the past weeks and months.

But in a huge turnaround of furtunes, Dimitrov responded in unerring fashion with a ideal 6-0 scoreline in 22 minutes to set up a deciding set shoot-out. Honestly, I don't know what to do tomorrow. Dimitrov finished it ahead after a 10-minute game on Goffin's shaky early serve gave him five chances to break.

"I think I've had good results in the past, but now, as I said, I need to be even more consistent on those kind of events, and in the same time raise up my level on occasions like this". "I proved to myself that I can do it".

"I was a little bit exhausted", said Dimitrov, who beat Goffin for the loss of just two games when they met on Wednesday.

Goffin won back-to-back titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo this season and this week became the first man in two years to defeat both Nadal and Federer at the same tournament.

Carreno Busta promptly dropped serve in the opening game of the second set and received medical treatment as the one-way traffic continued. In the second, I had some opportunities to come back, to break back, but he was really solid. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".

"Of course, one of my main goals is to win a tournament, a grand slam tournament", Dimitrov said.

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