Dimitrov Beats Goffin to Win ATP Tour Finals in London
Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the ATP tour Finals at a packed O2 Arena in London on Sunday.
The Bulgarian sixth seed becomes the first man since 1998, to win the prestigious end-of-season event on his first attempt.
Nicknamed “Baby Fed”, Dimitrov came into the title decider unbeaten at the finale, including a 4-1 head-to-head record against Goffin, whom he beat 6-0, 6-2 during the round-robin stage.
But Goffin had just come off a plucky comeback semifinal victory over second seed Roger Federer, while he also downed world No 1 Rafael Nadal earlier in the tournament.
The game began on a shaky note as both players struggled to hold serve, but after three consecutive breaks, the Belgian seventh seed broke the pattern and forged ahead 3-1.
He then played a poor service game, allowing Dimitrov to level the match at 4-4 before going on to claim the first set on his fifth set point.
A dramatic backhand crosscourt shot caught the sideline to give Goffin the first break of the second set.
He then took advantage of two double faults from Dimitrov, smashing a forehand winner past him to seal the break in the next game before holding serve to level the tie.
The deciding set went with serve until Dimitrov earned a break in the sixth game to lead 4-2 when Goffin went wide with a backhand.
With time running out, Goffin saved three match points on his own serve but Dimitrov kept his cool to seal the match at the fifth time of asking.
Dimitrov, who has now won four titles to make this his best ever season, is guaranteed to finish the season third in the rankings.
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