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David Goffin stuns Roger Federer

20 November, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Joan Malone
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Win Tim took a late break in the deciding set.

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.

Sock had gate-crashed the London showpiece by winning the Paris Masters and catapulting up the standings and became the first American to reach the semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2007 when Shanghai was the host city.

The Belgian shocked heavy favourite Roger Federer in Saturday's first semi-final at the O2 Arena.

The 26-year-old Goffin will meet Grigor Dimitrov in the final on Sunday after the Bulgarian defeated Jack Sock, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, in the other semifinal match. Goffin for his part has already beaten Federer and Rafael Nadal this week - the first man to do so at the same tournament, by my calculations, since Novak Djokovic at this event two years ago - and conjures up delicious angles from the baseline, especially on the backhand side.

"I have nothing to lose", Goffin said.

The Belgian opened the match well, acing Federer twice, but he threw away a game point allowing his opponent to swoop in and claim the first game easily. In that third set I was just trying to get that break.

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Goffin defeated Federer - six times an ATP Finals victor - 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. "I will try to do my best to play a better match than in Basel", Goffin said. At 3-0 in the second set, Goffin was digging his heels into the game.

Both players struggled to hold serve in the early stages of the contest, with Goffin appearing to settle quickest as he twice broke his opponent in the first three games. For the first time in the encounter, the underdog finally made his first breakthrough on the return after Federer came up with several unusual errors on his forehand and Goffin took an early 2-0 lead with an excellent passing forehand. "I didn't serve as accurate as I should have in the second set".

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

In spite of the overwhelming score line, Carreno Busta didn't actually play badly, but instead, all credit to Dimitrov who displayed a near-perfect performance.

It was too close to call but two Sock double faults helped Dimitrov break for 5-3.

With the pendulum suddenly swinging, Goffin took advantage of two double faults from the racquet of Dimitrov, smashing a forehand victor past him to seal the break in the next game. I'm sure neither one of us is going to think about that.

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