The world’s best male players have once again battled it out on the ATP Tour for almost a year and after another thrilling week of tennis, it will be David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov who battle it out for glory on Sunday at the Finals.
This week’s tournament in London has been something of a microcosm of the season, with injured stars pulling out and upsets galore.
A Goffin v Dimitrov final would have been an outrageous long shot at the outset but their underrated style will perhaps produce the most glorious of finals.
The Belgian’s ascent to the showpiece will have come as a surprise to outsiders but his form has been good in recent weeks, winning in both Tokyo and Shenzhen, while he also has the carrot of retaining his momentum for the upcoming Davis Cup final.
While his win over an ailing Rafael Nadal may have been viewed with some scepticism, Saturday’s semi-final triumph was certainly no fluke. Trailing a set down to Roger Federer, Goffin rose from the ashes to win in three sets for what was arguably the biggest victory of his career.
However, for all the confidence his scalps against the two men who have shared the four grand slams this season will have given him, he has a poor record against Dimitrov.
In fact, he lost to Sunday’s opponent earlier this week, being thoroughly outclassed 6-0 6-2 and this is sure to play on his mind going into the match.
It is in the mind though where Dimitrov’s greatest weakness is. This is a man who has beaten Andy Murray 3-0 at Wimbledon – when the Scot was the defending champion no less – but has never quite kicked on like he should have.
Perhaps his ‘Baby Fed’ nickname has hindered the Bulgarian but there is no doubt he has the talent to win a grand slam and his Cincinnati Masters success may well have given him the belief that has fuelled his run this week at the O2.
Like Goffin, he came from a set down in the semi-finals to see off Jack Sock and has beaten his opponent in a final before, although admittedly it was in his own backyard at this year’s Sofia Open.
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