Goffin beats Federer at ATP Finals, faces Dimitrov in final

Goffin beats Federer at ATP Finals, faces Dimitrov in final

Goffin beats Federer at ATP Finals, faces Dimitrov in final

And a frustrating match for the world number four came to a fitting end as Goffin wrapped things up by giving a poor second serve the appropriate treatment with a return to which Thiem could not respond to clinch second spot in Group Pete Sampras.

Dimitrov, playing the season finale for the first time, joins Group Boris Becker victor Roger Federer as the only unbeaten singles players, and the Bulgarian will fight for the champion berth against American Jack Sock on Saturday.

"After the first match against Rafael I wasted so much energy, I was not ready for Grigor, but I had a good rest yesterday and was ready for today, and I hope I can do the same for the semi-finals". I was using every opportunity.

"It is the best win of my career, for sure", said Goffin, who lost all six of his previous encounters against Federer.

"I think in the beginning I was slightly overaggressive in the first set on some crucial points rather than maybe being patient".

"But whatever happened today is less important than if I look at the entire season".

Sock had an 80% record on service games won coming into this match and he attacked this game with no less muster and sealed the first set 6-4. In the third I started to play better. "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. He served well", he added.

And against all odds, Goffin stormed from a set down to claim an impressive 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory to reach Sunday's final.

In his opening match, Dimitrov needed three sets to advance past fourth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria, but against Busta and fellow semifinalist David Goffin of Belgium, Dimitrov lost only four games in four sets.

Goffin acknowledges the task at hand as he prepares to face his childhood idol in one of the biggest matches of his career. We know each other very well.

The match was typical of Goffin's inconsistent week on his full debut at the tournament, after he played one match as an alternate a year ago. But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past. "I'm just so humbled to be able to play the final tomorrow".

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