Grigor Dimitrov Beats Jack Sock to Reach 2017 ATP World Tour Finals

Can Federer go back-to-back? Image Getty

It is the first time in the history of the ATP Finals (since 1970) that this has happened, being the first from their respective countries to qualify for the championships.

For Sock, it was hard to even predict he would be here at the O2, and yet he saw himself seeing off two-times Masters 1000 victor Alexander Zverev and Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic to join Federer in escaping from Group Boris Becker. Goffin - after a solid performance against Dominic Thiem - was attempting to move Federer, 36, around the court, trying to beat his opponent on consistency. After the first set I thought I had given everything. I was very nervous at the start of the match, then I served well and I was really aggressive.

USA player Jack Sock in action against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their semi-final match during the ATP Finals in London, Britain, 18 November 2017. A hold from Goffin and a hold from Federer and the Belgian was serving for the match.

Both players started the final set with an exchange of service holds before Goffin unexpectedly made the first breakthrough in the third game. "I think in hindsight that was maybe a bit of a key moment in the match", Federer said. The match will be the fifth time the two play against each other in 2017: Dimitrov won in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the Sofia Open final and earlier this week in the ATP finals round robin - a forceful demolition with a matching scoreline 6-0, 6-2 - while Goffin's only success came in Rotterdam.

Both players stepped out onto court with an air of confidence, but it was Dimitrov who took the early lead, breaking Sock in the second, much to the young American's visible frustration. However, Goffin went against the odds and proved everyone wrong as he was clutch on the important points to reach the biggest final of his career, being the first person from his country to reach the final of the year-ending Championships.

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

The 26-year-old won seven games in a row before Sock finally stopped the rot in what was turning into a tight and tense final set.

"I hope that tomorrow he's not going to play the same match". And he did just that, even battling back from a 5-1 third-set deficit against Kyle Edmund in his first match. He sent another careless forehand long two games later to give up a double break.

At 5-3, Dimitrov surged to a 40-15 lead.

"Jack is an unbelievable player - he was playing so well", said Dimitrov.

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