Dimitrov followed by Federer in the semifinal of the Final tournament

Lynette Rowe
November 20, 2017

The sixth seed stormed to a 6-0, 6-2 win against World No.7 Goffin in only 74 minutes, joining six-time victor Roger Federer as the only two singles players who secured semifinal places on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the second match at ATP Finals Dimitrov unexpectedly easily defeated David Goffin, who gave too much effort in winning the match with Rafael Nadal.

Dimitrov won all five of his matches at the O2 Arena to become the first player to win the elite tournament on debut since 1998, when Alex Corretja of Spain triumphed in Hanover.

"I think clearly I played a great match today", Dimitrov said. "It's such an honour to play here".

"This week has been one of the best I have had".

Ahead of Saturday's ATP Finals semifinal, David Goffin said that he would "try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past" in an attempt to try to overhaul Roger Federer.

Dimitrov, in particular, looks now to be a leading contender behind Nadal and Federer, and he will rise to No 3 when the world rankings update today.

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Tomorrow he has the chance to end the tournament winning 1,500 points and $2.5 million prize money as undefeated champion.

It seemed as though the seats which might have been taken by Federer fans expecting to see him in the final had been filled instead by Bulgarians.

For all the star absentees including Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and, from day two onwards, Nadal, 11 of the 15 singles matches went to deciding sets.

Dimitrov had thrashed Goffin for the loss of just two games only four days earlier in the group stage but the crowd were treated to a classic this time around. "It was a special week for me - a week with a lot of emotion, a lot of fatigue, but it was incredible", said the player who became one of only six men to have beaten Federer and Nadal in the same tournament. Despite a sprinkling of break points, a tight third set went with serve until the sixth game, when Dimitrov earned a break to lead 4-2 when Goffin went wide with a backhand.

But a double-fault at 4-3, 30-30 opened the door for Dimitrov to break back for a second time and he converted as Goffin sent a forehand long.

Goffin served out to love to force a decider.

Dimitrov, who had a 100 per cent record in the group matches, asserted himself at the business end of the set and piled on the pressure when Goffin served at 5-6. It was a very close match, which was predictable as Sock saved one match point to beat Dimitrov in 2015 Montreal, and four match points earlier this year in Indian Wells.

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