Federer fends off Zverev to reach semis — ATP Finals

Alyssa Bailey
November 19, 2017

"I think that was the difference today".

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

The games were tight in the third set with cracking forehands kissing the tramlines and cutting cross-court angles. However, Alexander allowed him another look in by conceding an abysmal service game to take things back to 1-1 in the third with all still to play for.

By now, Sock had won more games than Dimitrov had relinquished in his previous two games combined.

"That last game really took it out of me, his forehand was giving me real trouble today", Dimitrov said after the match. "Obviously with the tennis he's played, not only this year, but the start of his career, he could go out there and expect himself to play a certain way".

Sock was 24th in the Race to London rankings going in to the last regular week of he season and had a round of golf booked at Augusta National this week, only to win the Paris Masters and qualify for the season-ender.

Belgium's David Goffin stormed into the semi-finals of the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour Finals with a comfortable straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem in London.

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Goffin will face Grigor Dimitrov after the 26-year-old fought to a three set 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jack Sock in the Pete Sampras semifinal.

The World No.2 looked too uncharacteristically agitated on court to suggest he was competing for a ideal Round Robin performance, but it seems the heightened expectations were taking their toll.

Also, his serve started to give him more free points and he faced just 2 break points in the rest of the match, fending them off to keep the pressure on Roger, who got broken once in sets 2 and 3 to end on the losing side.

"It was tough, I was focused, I knew I had to stay calm and be ready for a tough battle. Then the semifinal for the first time for me here, and to beat Roger for the first time here in such a big event, big tournament, it was the ideal moment".

The crowd were behind the Swiss player the whole way; a chorus of "let's go Roger let's go" fired up in the tiebreak when Cilic inched to a 4-1 lead. "I won the most important points, especially in the first set".

Federer was quickly into his stride in front of a packed house at London's O2 Arena, winning the first set easily and the chances of a comeback from the Belgian appeared remote. I was nervous at the end but did some great serves'.

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