Federer fends off Zverev to reach semis — ATP Finals

It was only Federer

Sock, 25, consolidated his advantage by saving three break points with some monster serving to close in on the first set, which he successfully served out thanks to a deft winner at the net.

Alexander Zverev has vowed to use the frustration of his ATP Finals exit as fuel to build on his breakthrough year when he returns to action in 2018.

Having already secured qualification with wins over Thiem and Goffin, Dimitrov later plays his final round-robin match against Pablo Carreno Busta.

The first set went with serve all the way through to 6-6, but the seven-time champion never really looked to have turned on the gas; throwing away easy points with careless backhands into the net and then dropping in a few casual aces to keep the scoreline ticking along.

In what may soon prove to be the end of the historic Bill Snyder era at Kansas State, the Wildcats are in danger of failing to send their Hall of Fame coach out on a high note. He has seven wins from 16 matches against top-10 opponents on the red sand but now only two from 18 on hard.

For a while, Dimitrov's playboy lifestyle meant he was better known for his spell as the boyfriend of former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova than for anything he accomplished on the court.

But he struggled to live up to the hype and, amid doubts about his desire, often found himself written off as a serial underachiever. So that's why my focus is on the semis.

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In the absence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the event at London's O2 Arena was billed as a potential showdown between Federer and Rafael Nadal, until the Spanish world number one was forced out by injury.

But, of course, it would be naïve to write off the fiery young German too early.

With ranking 600 points in London thanks to his trio of Group B victories, Federer is now 1040 points behind Nadal-who lost to David Goffin in his tournament opener and then withdrew. "But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past".

"Another great match, it's great when you have feelings like this", the Bulgarian said.

The three matches have seen Federer spend more than five hours on court, 339 minutes in total. The crowds for the other sessions have not been catastrophic, but were they to become a pattern it could spell trouble.

The Austrian continued to struggle in the second and Goffin took full advantage, breaking for a 2-1 lead. And again 'come on Roger!' on set point to Cilic.

Goffin said: "I was a little bit surprised how well he started the match".

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