Dimitrov thanks Scherzinger for giving him the X Factor at ATP Finals

Dimitrov thanks Scherzinger for giving him the X Factor at ATP Finals

Dimitrov thanks Scherzinger for giving him the X Factor at ATP Finals

A bruising first set went in Sock's favour before Zverev took the second easily.

A lengthy physio break for the beleaguered Spaniard was the only thing that stretched the match beyond an hour, but the treatment had little impact on the outcome of the match as Dimitrov ran away with the second set by the same scoreline.

With this win, he had beaten three of the top-four players in the world (Nadal, Federer, Dominic Thiem) within the space of a week despite being 2-22 against the top-five before this tournament.

"I didn't put a lot of first serves in that game".

"It has been one of the best weeks I have ever had", he said.

Federer was too good for Nadal in the final. Image Getty
Federer was too good for Nadal in the final. Image Getty

The break of serves kept coming as both players traded the next two games before the seventh seed restored a semblance of order to proceedings by holding for a 3-1 lead.

"I had some great forehands", said Goffin, who awaits the victor of the second semifinal between Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and American Jack Sock, making the title round will be a clash of first-time qualifiers.

The Belgian opened the match well, acing Federer twice, but he threw away a game point allowing his opponent to swoop in and claim the first game easily. Tim to exit the group to the third round to beat David Goffin. I will need some days rest but I will be ready next week. He completed the job on serve to set up a meeting with Goffin on Sunday. What at first appeared to be an exercise in damage limitation grew into an increasingly potent threat as Goffin's serve subdued Federer, who fired a forehand long on his only break point in 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. "But my belief was so good today and I'm glad I managed to win.

I think that was the first set", Dimitrov said in his postmatch press conference. The mistakes were starting to creep in as Sock pushed Dimitrov hard on the attack; forcing him wide off the court and then forcing a sprint with a slice drop shot. The Bulgarian had lost his previous two clashes with Sock having held match points and three went begging in a nervy finale before he ended the contest.

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. "But I will try something different for sure, yeah".

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