First-time qualifier Goffin, nor the capacity O2 Arena crowd, could believe it as the Belgian ensured there will be a new name on the trophy this year as Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock who contest the other semifinal are also debutants in the tournament.
He had no problem in doing so but then fell apart in the second set, losing it to love in double-quick time. Cheers of support for the underdog were soon muted by the hollers of "come on Roger!" at the beginning of the third set.
Former world number one Roger Federer, who had an awesome form on the court throughout the year but received a season-end defeat from David Goffin in the semi-final match of the ATP World Tour Finals, has said he couldn't wait to get back on the court in Australia. Bulgarian on the way to the semi-final was served 2 aces, made 1 double fault, made 18 winnershow and made 11 unforced errors.
Despite Federer getting frustrated with himself and spurring himself on where his anger looked to be his motivation, Goffin did not slip up on his serve and instead seemed to have peaked in his service games, disallowing the Swiss from finding a way back. "Against Roger, it was such a special moment, I can not describe", Goffin said after the match. Of course, it's not going to be the same after I played against him. "I didn't serve as accurate as I should have in the second set. With that season, I'm extremely happy", Federer said.
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Dimitrov will put his racket away and take a well-earned break before training starts all over again in preparation for the Australian Open in 2018.
The errors continued to flow from a nervy-looking Goffin and Dimitrov finally secured the decisive break on his fifth set point when the Belgian thumped a forehand into the net.
Asked about the tension in that final game, Dimitrov insisted he had not been thinking about what had happened in his previous meetings with Sock ad that in fact the experience had helped on this occasion.
The Bulgarian, ranked three places above world number nine Sock, gave up a 3-1 lead to lose the first set to the American, who surprisingly won the Paris Masters during a resurgent end to 2017. In the second frame, he raced into the lead and this time held on to push the match into a decisive third set, where Sock saved three match points but could not stave off the inevitable. "But I will try something different for sure, yeah". He faced Dimitrov in Group Pete Sampras play earlier in the week, falling 6-0, 6-2.