Dimitrov, Goffin to play for ATP Finals title

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GRIGOR Dimitrov has beaten David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the ATP Finals, becoming the first debutant to win the end-of-season finale since 1998. Dimitrov took charge of proceedings early on, playing a brilliant point by coming in on Sock's backhand, pushing his opponent out of position and then volleying into open court to earn the first break.

The second set turned midway through as Dimitrov missed a break point before Goffin converted his, a 95 mile-per-hour forehand into the corner breaking the Dimitrov serve.

The 26-year-old then edged a tense opening game in the deciding set and successfully held for the remainder, taking the fifth match point when it arrived to eventually get over the line for the biggest title of his career.

Dimitrov, playing the season finale for the first time, joins Group Boris Becker victor Roger Federer as the only unbeaten singles players, and the Bulgarian will fight for the champion berth against American Jack Sock on Saturday.

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.

"I didn't put a lot of first serves in that game". But the Belgian - still with heavily strapped left knee - fought to a straight sets 6-4, 6-1 victory. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.

Goffin, 26, landed just 42 percent of first serves in the first set and made 20 unforced errors, struggling to find the bite and consistency he had enjoyed in beating Federer.

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But in a huge turnaround of furtunes, Dimitrov responded in unerring fashion with a ideal 6-0 scoreline in 22 minutes to set up a deciding set shoot-out.

"He took the advantage because I served a lot of second serves".

Grigor Dimitrov reserved special praise for Nicole Scherzinger after winning the ATP Finals against David Goffin on Sunday, although he seemed to forget that his girlfriend was live on national television at the time of his greatest triumph.

Goffin, who upset World No.1 Rafael Nadal in his first match, scored his first point 48 minutes into the match after being blanked in the first set.

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

Grigor Dimitrov lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory.

By reaching the final, Dimitrov had already secured a career-high No. 3-ranking to end the year.

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