Grigor Dimitrov Triumphed in the Final Season Tournament in London!

Beth Cruz
November 20, 2017

Dimitrov topped the Pete Sampras group after an impressive week that included a tight three-set win against Austria's Dominic Thiem, a thumping victory against Goffin, whom he will play for the second time in a week on Sunday - live on Sky Sports Arena from 3.30pm - and an electrifying performance against Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday night.

Dimitrov, 26, has enjoyed the best season of his career, claiming his first Masters title in Cincinnati and winning two other titles as well as reaching the Australian Open semi-finals.

Dimitrov, in particular, looks to be a leading contender, behind only world No.1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer when the rankings update on Monday.

Goffin has never gone further than the last eight at a grand slam while Dimitrov's best is two semi-final appearances.

He added: "I was hoping he was going to miss that last volley".

"I proved to myself that I'm in the right place, and I deserve to be here in this tournament". I don't know what to expect. "But in the end, I was really happy about the way I played the match, I was really nervous towards the end of the match", Goffin said in his on court interview after the match.

The unexpected climax to the ATP season was a compelling match and the first O2 final to go to a deciding set since Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011. "He had to be aggressive in order so he doesn't let me play my game".

Dimitrov's confidence carried into the second set, where he brought up the first break point in the sixth game, only for Goffin to produce a stunning cross-court backhand victor to save it.

He is the first man to beat both players at the same tournament without taking home the trophy but put that disappointment aside to say he has improved as a result of his eyecatching week.

"It was not easy for me to lose my serve from the start".

The two finalists shared the first two sets but Goffin was broken at 2-3 in the decider after the crowd interrupted his service motion.

Goffin won back-to-back titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo this season and this week became the first man in two years to defeat both Nadal and Federer at the same tournament.

So it was fitting in a way that "Baby Fed" Dimitrov came through to win, breaking Goffin in the sixth game and then holding his nerve to clinch the title on his fifth match point. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".

"Jack is an unbelievable player - he was playing so well", said Dimitrov.

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