Grigor Dimitrov clinches ATP Finals title

20 November, 2017, 02:40 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • ATP Finals 2017 prize money: How much money do you make for winning the season-ending tournament?

Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win the ATP World Tour Finals title, becoming the first debutant to win the tournament in 19 years.

Unlike their one-sided round robin match earlier in the week, where Goffin managed to win all of two games, this time their encounter went to a third set and Dimitrov needed five match points to wrap up the proceedings 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

In the second match at ATP Finals Dimitrov unexpectedly easily defeated David Goffin, who gave too much effort in winning the match with Rafael Nadal. Well, right now I'm right here.

Federer, as the 14-time semifinalist against Goffin making his semifinal debut, was the one playing with everything to lose. "It's the only game maybe I didn't serve well".

"Next year I think is going to be obviously pretty interesting, especially the beginning of it", he said.

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. He leveled in the eighth game before breaking once more in the 12th to snatch the set, despite Goffin hitting eight more winners. Four break points for Thiem in the sixth, but a string of wild backhands allowed Goffin to claim the game before Goffin closed in on the final set 6-1.

Dimitrov was ranked No. 40 when the coach joined his team a year ago and the tearful $2.5 million prize money victor paid tribute to Vallerdu and popstar girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger for helping him turn things around.

ATP Finals 2017 prize money: How much money do you make for winning the season-ending tournament?

After an hour-long opening set, the two players matched each other in the second until the Belgian broke for 4-3 having survived a break point in the previous game. However, the Bulgarian has had problems closing matches out this season - losing three times after holding match points - and had cause for concern when Goffin saved his first three to hold from 0-40 down at 2-5.

Dmitrov said: "I feel pretty unbelievable right now".

Dimitrov will play Goffin in the final of the season-ending showpiece.

"As soon as I came back at 3-3 with a good service game, I knew that he was struggling a little bit with his groundstrokes", Goffin said.

But he has bounced back strongly to enjoy the best season of his career in 2017, winning four titles in all, including his first Masters title in Cincinnati.

"Of course, one of my main goals is to win a tournament, a grand slam tournament", Dimitrov said. "I will try to do my best to play a better match than in Basel", Goffin said. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".

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