'Baby Fed' no more: Dimitrov wins ATP Finals


"Just was great match, great atmosphere".

Touted as a potential Grand Slam victor for some time, he is yet to show it against tennis' "Big Four" - when the next ATP Tour season starts in Australia in January, he'll have the seeding to avoid some of those big names until the second week and take the next step towards the ATP summit. "And right now those are the moments that I rise up to".

He will end the year as world number three - behind only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - but crucially Dimitrov believes he is now "locked-in" for an assault on grand slams.

It soon became apparent that Dimitrov would not have the third set all his own way, though, as Sock composed himself and began to attack his opponent's awkward slice with heavier forehands.

In spite of the overwhelming score line, Carreno Busta didn't actually play badly, but instead, all credit to Dimitrov who displayed a near-perfect performance.

At 26, Goffin is part of tennis' so-called lost generation, a group of players who have been unable to break the status quo of the Big Four of Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, and one now coming under fire from a younger group below, led by Alex Zverev. "I will try to do my best to play a better match than in Basel", Goffin said.

"Next year I think is going to be obviously pretty interesting, especially the beginning of it", he said.

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The adrenaline was pumping from both players with the rallies more and more intense - including a brutal 21-shot rally in the fifth game which floored Sock.

Both players struggled to hold serve at the start of the contest in front of a feisty packed house and the error count was high from both men. He opened the second set with fight; holding another impressive service game before breaking Federer and then holding his second service game to love. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.

But he wasted four break points in the opening game and they would turn out to be his only chances in the decider.

"I have nothing to lose", Goffin said. "I think now definitely we going to sit down with the team and reassess the whole year, see what we've done good, what we can improve".

Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set.

Dimitrov, whose title at The O2 joins previous victories in Cincinnati, Sofia and Brisbane, is still without a Grand Slam title and he acknowledged "there is a lot to be done" as he aims to make further strides in the game.