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Goffin Overcomes Thiem To Set Up Federer Semi In London

Roger Federer is into the semifinals of the ATP Finals in London Roger Federer is into the semifinals of the ATP Finals in London
Lori Graves | 19 November, 2017, 02:39

London [U.K], November 15 (ANI): 19-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer saw off a spirited challenge from 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany to reach the semi-final of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals here on Wednesday.

But eventually Sock managed to charge to a 6-4 victory and claim his place into the semifinals where he faces Grigor Dimitrov. Goffin lost the opening set and it looked Federer will sail through the final but the Belgian had some different plans, raising his level and prevailing in sets 2 and 3 without losing his serve. I started the match well.

"I don't know what to say".

Dominic Thiem reacts during his group stage match against David Goffin.

Dimitrov topped the Pete Sampras group after an impressive week that included a tight three-set win against Austria's Dominic Thiem, a thumping victory against Goffin, whom he will play for the second time in a week on Sunday - live on Sky Sports Arena from 3.30pm - and an electrifying performance against Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday night. Goffin produced a forehand passing shot to take his first break point of the match.

The match was typical of Goffin's inconsistent week on his full debut at the tournament, after he played one match as an alternate a year ago.

Play continued with serve, but the early break allowed Goffin to serve for and claim the second set 6-3.

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'I'm so happy, it was a special moment I can not describe, ' he said after a first win in seven attempts versus the Swiss.

But Sock had won their last two meetings having saved match points, most recently at Indian Wells this year, and those demons were lurking for Dimitrov as victory loomed.

"For the Davis Cup, it gives me a lot of confidence", Goffin added.

Sock had found his momentum again and two games later and the scores were even once more.

Sock, though, wasn't relinquishing his grip on the third easily, by the fifth game we'd seen a healthy serving of running-jump smashes, pelting aces and unreturnable winners. A poignant break from Sock in the seventh game looked hopeful for the young American, but Zverev countered by holding his own serve, too.

Sock had an 80% record on service games won coming into this match and he attacked this game with no less muster and sealed the first set 6-4.

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