Dimitrov overcomes gutsy Goffin to win ATP Finals

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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.

David Goffin fought well and had a great week, defeating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but the hope now is that Dimitrov will be able to build on this at the Australian Open, writes the Guardian.

"I proved to myself that I'm in the right place, and I deserve to be here in this tournament".

Goffin, the first Belgian to qualify for the season climax, could scarcely believe his victory over Federer. "It's the only game maybe I didn't serve well".

He added, "I can't wait to play there again".

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. "Unbelievable effort. I'm very proud to play against him in the final".

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The Bulgarian took the second of them with an inch-perfect forehand down the line to serve for a place in the final, which he secured with his fourth match point.

"I think it is a great platform for me to start the off-season", Dimitrov told Sky Sports.

"I think after this week I'm a better player mentally", said Goffin, who ends the season at a career-high No. 7 ranking. 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.

"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.

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. "He was really solid". He'd had to change things up after their round-robin encounter, but his courageous all-or-nothing approach wasn't enough against the DImitrov defence, and a late mini-revival failed to save the match. "Somehow after the 3-0, I lost it until the end".

Dimitrov's run to the semi-finals at the All England Club meant he cracked the top 10 for the first time. "Of course, one of my main goals is to win a Grand Slam tournament".

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