Goffin stuns Federer to set up London final against Dimitrov

El búlgaro Grigor Dimitrov levanta el trofeo de la Copa Masters tras ganar la final en Londres el domingo 19 de noviembre de 2017

He will face fellow first-time qualifier Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final after the Bulgarian produced another classy display to beat American debutant Jack Sock 4-6 6-0 6-3.

It wasn't the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal matchup many fans had hoped for, but they were left satisfied as the two 26-year-olds delivered the longest final since the tournament returned to a three-set format in 2008.

Yet Dimitrov broke for a 4-2 lead and although Goffin saved three match points at 5-2 down to keep the game alive and rescued another on the Bulgarian's serve, he finally deposited an easy volley into the net on the fifth match point. I let him back into the game.

But he wasted four break points in the opening game and they would turn out to be his only chances in the decider.

A double fault from Goffin at game point at 2-1 looked to have cost Goffin, but he turned it back around to lead 3-1. But this time, instead of seeing a fiery Sock comeback, Dimitrov stormed to a 6-0 second set victory, losing just nine points.

Having become the sixth player to beat Nadal and Federer at the same tournament - the latter from a set down in the semifinals - Goffin had every reason to be confident after drawing level.

"He took the advantage because I served a lot of second serves". Tim to exit the group to the third round to beat David Goffin.

As the tension mounted, Goffin saved three match points on his own serve but Dimitrov held his nerve to seal the match on his fifth opportunity.

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Unlike during his 74-minute thrashing by Dimitrov on Wednesday, Goffin was able to recover from a slow start.

In the end, though, Grigor Dimitrov has shown that he might yet make good on that obvious promise, claiming the biggest prize of his career at the age of 26.

He is guaranteed to finish the season third in the rankings.

The final that nobody expected came just a year after Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray battled it out in London for the number one slot.

The season-ending extravaganza ATP Finals at London's O2 ends another memorable year which will be covered via our website www.skysports.com/tennis with live blogs and updates as the season reaches its climax.

Alex Corretja was the last player on his qualifying debut to become champion, in 1998, and was among a star-studded crowd that included David Beckham and Sir Patrick Stewart.

The defeat came as a shock because Federer had remained unbeaten in his previous six clashes against Goffin.

Dimitrov becomes the first debutant to win the ATP Finals in nearly 20 years.

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