Goffin Overcomes Thiem To Set Up Federer Semi In London

Lynette Rowe
November 19, 2017

The Swiss world number two went into his semi-final on Saturday (Nov 18) as the overwhelming favourite to ease past the Belgian on his way to a record seventh title at the season finale in London.

"It doesn't have anything to do with the amount of tournaments I've played", the subdued Austrian, who has played 27 tournaments his season, told reporters.

Federer had never lost to his opponent in six matches and the contest appeared to be going to script when the Swiss easily won the first set before a rejuvenated Goffin turned the tide to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Also, his serve started to give him more free points and he faced just 2 break points in the rest of the match, fending them off to keep the pressure on Roger, who got broken once in sets 2 and 3 to end on the losing side. It's kind of disappointing to finish on this note.

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The 36-year-old accumulated a total of seven ATP titles in the year and is well on course for his eighth, having made his way to the semi-finals of the ATP World Finals with a win in straight sets over Marin Cilic. "With that season, I'm extremely happy". He played one very good match here, (and) one very bad match. "I can't wait to play there again. It shows that things are in the past now", the 19-time Grand Slam champion added. He was a shadow of the player who reached the French Open and Rome semi-finals and was runner-up in Madrid.

"In the beginning it was like being a kid in a candy store, sharing the locker room with legends of the game, seeing them prepare, being able to practise with them, playing doubles with or against them", Federer said, as quoted by the Express. Honestly, I don't know what to do tomorrow.

Six-time champion Federer had booked his place in the semifinals with victory over German trailblazer Alexander Zverev but any notion that he would coast through his final group match proved wide of the mark. "I had the best time of my life this year, so can't wait to go back there". Who will win the World Tour Finals this year?

"Wish I could have played more aggressive today, but just never really felt comfortable taking the ball on", Federer said.

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