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20 November 2017, 01:05 | Sylvia Adams
Julian Finney Getty Images Grigor Dimitrov celebrates with the trophy after beating David Goffin for the ATP Finals title
The match's decisive turn eventually came in the sixth game of the third set, when a Goffin backhand went wide on the second break point to give Dimitrov a 4-2 lead.
Goffin will lick his wounds, content to have enjoyed a phenomenal week that saw him depose Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
It was in fact Goffin who made the early running and Dimitrov had to recover breaks of serve twice in the opening eight games.
He'd had to change things up after taking only two games off Dimitrov in their round-robin encounter last Wednesday, but his fearless all-or-nothing approach wasn't enough as a late resurgence on his own serve and his encouragement for the crowd failed to save the match.
Having come from behind to beat Federer in Saturday's semifinal, Goffin had every reason to be confident and could have gone ahead.
"It was not easy for me to lose my serve from the start". "It was a special week for me - a week with a lot of emotion, a lot of fatigue, but it was awesome", said the player who became one of only six men to have beaten Federer and Nadal in the same tournament. He opened the second set with fight; holding another impressive service game before breaking Federer and then holding his second service game to love.
Play continued with serve, but the early break allowed Goffin to serve for and claim the second set 6-3. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set. Bulgarian on the way to the semi-final was served 2 aces, made 1 double fault, made 18 winnershow and made 11 unforced errors.
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. A gruelling contest, but Dimitrov eventually crunched a final deciding set 6-3 victory.
By reaching the final, Dimitrov had already secured a career-high No. 3-ranking to end the year. Goffin on that occasion looked like a man who hadn't slept for about a month, while Dimitrov played with the ease and confidence of a man lording it about on the practice court.
Either way, the final will produce a first-time victor for ATP's year-end showcase event, whether it is Dimitrov who is making his debut in the ATP Finals, or Goffin, who played one match as an alternate in 2016 and made his debut as an outright qualifier this year.
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