Dimitrov followed by Federer in the semifinal of the Final tournament

Special moment
Dimitrov holds aloft
the ATP
Finals trophy

The 26-year-old claimed the biggest title of his career as he won an enthralling see-saw final 7-5 4-6 6-3 at London's O2 Arena.

Goffin saved three match points to ask Dimitrov the serve it out, but he kept his composure to seal a famous win on his fifth match point, although he was given a helping hand as the Belgian dumped a simple-looking volley into the net.

Victory for the Bulgarian, who is the first man in 19 years to win the tournament at the first attempt, is enough to take him up to third place in the men's singles rankings.

Both players struggled to hold serve at the start of the contest in front of a feisty packed house and the error count was high from both men.

"I was in my match, so that was the key tonight, was to be in my match from the first to the last point".

The semifinal line-up: Dimitrov vs Sock; Federer vs Goffin.

But in a huge turnaround of furtunes, Dimitrov responded in unerring fashion with a flawless 6-0 scoreline in 22 minutes to set up a deciding set shoot-out. "I mean, to be here, my first appearance, to make the semis, getting through a pretty tough group, that's a big confidence booster for me". Sock began to offload on his seismic forehand though and roared back to snatch the opening set.

Neither player lost a game during the round robin stage of the competition, keeping them in contention for the bumper prize awarded to the unbeaten champion. At 3-0 in the second set, Goffin was digging his heels into the game.

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.

The world number six Dimitrov recovered from losing his opening two service games to finally get the better of the willowy Goffin, but it was a fiercely-fought two-and-a-half hour duel with the Belgian saving four match points before finally succumbing.

Either way, the final will produce a first-time victor for ATP's year-end showcase event, whether it is Dimitrov who is making his debut in the ATP Finals, or Goffin, who played one match as an alternate in 2016 and made his debut as an outright qualifier this year.

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

In a familiar sequence, the second set started with an early break from Dimitrov allowing the 26-year-old Bulgarian a 3-0 lead.

GRIGOR DIMITROV has proved it at last: he DOES have the tennis X-Factor.

As the tension mounted, Goffin saved three match points on his own serve but Dimitrov held his nerve to seal the match on his fifth opportunity.



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