Goffin completes semi-final line-up in London

David Goffin

Belgium’s David Goffin secured the final place in the semi-finals for the season-ending ATP Finals after dispatching Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Friday.

With Roger Federer, Jack Sock and Grigor Dimitrov having already secured their places in the last four in London, it was left to the match between Goffin and Thiem to complete the semi-final line-up.

Both players came into the match on the back of one win and one loss, and while many anticipated a potentially tight and thrilling battle, Goffin’s victory turned out to be a fairly straightforward one.

The Belgian World No 8 had the measure of the World No 4 from Austria, racing to a comprehensive 6-4, 6-1 win in just 72 minutes.

The result was made all the more surprising by the fact that it was Thiem who started the strongest of the two.

The Austrian looked to be in total control of the match after an early break to love saw him race into a 3-0 lead.

But Goffin returned the favour with a break of his own in the fifth game to get back on level terms, and he never really looked back from there.

Another break followed in Thiem’s next service game as Goffin turned a 0-3 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

He held on to serve out the set from there, and then put himself on the brink of victory with two more breaks in the second set for a 4-1 lead.

Thiem fought bravely during a marathon sixth game, earning four break points and taking Goffin to deuce no less than eight times as he tried his utmost to get at least one break back and put some pressure on his opponent.

But Goffin proved equal to everything his opponent threw at him, and when he managed to hold serve after all that pressure, Thiem’s resistance finally faded.

Another break followed for Goffin in the next game as he wrapped up the match and advanced to the last four.

The final game of the group stages took place later in the evening between Dimitrov and Pablo Carreno Busta, the player who stepped in for Rafael Nadal after his withdrawal from the tournament with a knee injury.

With Dimitrov already in the semi-finals and the other three spots decided, the match was of no real consequence, but Dimitrov would have been pleased to maintain his flawless record with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition job of Carreno Busta.

The match lasted little longer than an hour, with Dimitrov wrapping up the win courtesy of two breaks in the first set and three more in the second.

Saturday’s semi-final action in London sees Goffin take on Federer, while Sock faces Dimitrov.

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