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Grigor Dimitrov clinches ATP Finals title

20 November 2017, 02:43 | Ruben Stone

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Goffin will face Grigor Dimitrov after the 26-year-old fought to a three set 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jack Sock in the Pete Sampras semifinal.

Sock, who saved four match points against Dimitrov in Indian Wells and one in Montreal two years ago, before going on to win on both occasions, saved three more, but at the fourth time of asking the Bulgarian wasn't to be denied. I'm in the right place, and I deserve to be here in this tournament.

Federer, as the 14-time semifinalist against Goffin making his semifinal debut, was the one playing with everything to lose. A gruelling contest, but Dimitrov eventually crunched a final deciding set 6-3 victory.

"Well, I had a very, very good start obviously", Thiem said.

"But whatever happened today is less important than if I look at the entire season". Maybe would be easier if I would have won it and go out with more confidence out of this tournament than after this defeat against del Potro.

The adrenaline was pumping from both players with the rallies more and more intense - including a brutal 21-shot rally in the fifth game which floored Sock.

The Bulgarian took the second of them with an inch-perfect forehand down the line to serve for a place in the final, which he secured with his fourth match point. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.

Play continued with serve, but the early break allowed Goffin to serve for and claim the second set 6-3.

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Goffin, who upset World No.1 Rafael Nadal in his first match, scored his first point 48 minutes into the match after being blanked in the first set.

"I think clearly I played a great match today", Dimitrov said.

Dimitrov was ranked No. 40 when the coach joined his team past year and the tearful $2.5 million prize money victor paid tribute to Vallerdu and popstar girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger for helping him turn things around.

Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set.

The largest prize in ATP World Tour Finals history is up for grabs for Roger Federer at the O2 Arena this weekend.

"I was a little bit exhausted in the third", Goffin said. But lost his serve for just the third time all well as he was pegged back by the American No 1, who found his A-game.

Federer made two wrong challenges within the first four games and there was a glimmer of upset. In the second, I had some opportunities to come back, to break back, but he was really solid. He broke into the top 10 for the first time in February and reached a career high No. 8-ranking earlier in November.

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