Grigor Dimitrov clinches ATP Finals title

David Goffin

Grigor Dimitrov came from a set down to beat Jack Sock 4-6 6-0 6-3 and reach the decider of the ATP Finals.

That helps explain why the pair are the first and second-highest earning tennis players of all time respectively.

"I was in my match which was the important thing". But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past.

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.

Yet rewind two years and he was struggling to play three good points in a row, let alone challenge for big titles.

Goffin recovered from a set down to stun favourite Roger Federer on Saturday night, but he was second best in Sunday's final. I knew what to expect.

Goffin, who became just the sixth player in history to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament, forced his opponent back in the opening game and broke in stunning fashion with a scintillating forehand victor.

Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set.

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The break of serves kept coming as both players traded the next two games before the seventh seed restored a semblance of order to proceedings by holding for a 3-1 lead.

Goffin was left serving for survival at 5-3 down and clawed his way back from 40-0 down to stay alive in an enthralling encounter, but a exhausted backhand into the net gifted Dimitrov the title in the next game.

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.

Sock, who saved four match points against Dimitrov in Indian Wells and one in Montreal two years ago, before going on to win on both occasions, saved three more, but at the fourth time of asking the Bulgarian wasn't to be denied.

Dimitrov, whose title at The O2 joins previous victories in Cincinnati, Sofia and Brisbane, is still without a Grand Slam title and he acknowledged "there is a lot to be done" as he aims to make further strides in the game.

That said, Goffin could be forgiven for taking to the court today with a degree of trepidation. In the second, I had some opportunities to come back, to break back, but he was really solid.

Winning the week-long curtain call tournament without defeat in five games has become as lucrative to players as winning a two-week long grand slam.

Dimitrov becomes the first debutant to win the ATP Finals in nearly 20 years. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".

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