David Goffin stuns Roger Federer for career-best result — ATP Finals

Nichole Vega
Ноября 19, 2017

It came to a head on Friday when, after winning the first three games against Belgium's David Goffin, he lost 10 of the next 12 to bow out of the season-ender on a dismal note.

Pete Sampras group: David Goffin bt Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1. In that third set I was just trying to get that break.

"It doesn't have anything to do with the amount of tournaments I've played", the subdued Austrian, who has played 27 tournaments his season, told reporters. We know each other very well. I have to admit it.

"I have no words I can not describe how I'm feeling, so much joy, so much happiness".

"It's been a tough period and maybe (the Del Potro) loss has still been on my mind".

This was certainly a different Goffin; forcing Federer to counterattack with attack. "I have to play the final in Davis Cup".

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With the year-ending number one spot slipping out of his hands, Federer will be determined to finish on the top step of the podium in London to cap off what has been a remarkable year, in which he proved his critics wrong with Grand Slam titles at Australian Open and Wimbledon.

It worked a treat for the first American qualifier for the ATP Finals since 2011 with wins over Marin Cilic and German trailblazer Alexander Zverev.

Grigor Dimitrov stood one win away from the biggest title of his career on Saturday after ending his Jack Sock jinx to reach the final of the season-ending ATP Finals at the 02 Arena.

"You're going to lose some matches, you're going to have some bad weeks, it's part of sport".

Nearly nothing could separate the rivals in serving department, although Roger created 11 break points against 3 for David (they both scored 2 breaks), and Goffin won just 4 points more than Federer. I have to play the final here. We kind of said, "screw it" take that pressure off, go have fun on court. I felt I was playing in a way that I also like, playing forward, playing attacking tennis.

And on the final, he added: "It's another match tomorrow and it's the last match of the season - it's on". Woods has won 14 majors in golf, but unlike Federer, his career has floundered in recent years since revelations about his private life and a string of long-term injuries.

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