Grigor Dimitrov believes ATP Finals title can reignite his tennis career

Rachel Hardy
November 20, 2017

The sixth seed stormed to a 6-0, 6-2 win against World No.7 Goffin in only 74 minutes, joining six-time victor Roger Federer as the only two singles players who secured semifinal places on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency. But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past.

Grigor Dimitrov's talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win - but he needed more than that to get over the line.

The American brought up two set points and took the first of them when Dimitrov dragged an attempted backhand return from a second serve into the net.

He ends the year with his first major title and as the world No. 3, but the final favourite will feel comfortable to have scaled the heights of the men's game after finding his feet in tandem with Dani Vallverdu over the last 15 months.

The resilience that allowed Sock to come from behind and win the first set was nowhere to be seen in the second. Well, right now I'm right here. "With that season, I'm extremely happy", Federer said.

He will end the year as world number three - behind only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - but crucially Dimitrov believes he is now "locked-in" for an assault on grand slams.

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It soon became apparent that Dimitrov would not have the third set all his own way, though, as Sock composed himself and began to attack his opponent's awkward slice with heavier forehands. He'd had to change things up after their round-robin encounter, but his fearless all-or-nothing approach wasn't enough against the DImitrov defence, and a late mini-revival failed to save the match. I was at the right place because, you know, sometimes you are for the first time in the top eight, you don't know how it's going to go, if you're going to play a good level. I was very composed with myself and not let any negative thoughts come into my head.

Dimitrov is yet to taste defeat at the ATP Finals.

Neither player lost a game during the round robin stage of the competition, keeping them in contention for the bumper prize awarded to the unbeaten champion.

Dimitrov claimed his first Masters title in Cincinnati in August, and having risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London, his next target is a Grand Slam.

But Dimitrov said it was too soon to proclaim a new era and write the obituaries of the "Big Four" who have dominated tennis over the past decade and more. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".

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