Grigor Dimtrov vs David Goffin LIVE at the ATP World Tour Finals
Dimitrov already had one victory under his belt this week, beating Dominic Thiem in a gruelling 141-minute encounter on Monday.
And by managing a second win against Goffin, he sealed a semi-final spot no matter what his result against Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday.
Goffin meanwhile was made to work for his first wi of the week as an injured Rafael Nadal scrapped with all he had but was beaten 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 before retiring from the tournament.
His Belgian conquerer could have made his semi-final berth certain with a straight-sets win but instead he will have to beat Thiem on Friday to stand any chance of progressing.
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Dimitrov vs Goffin RECAP
(* denotes next to serve)
3.30pm: That was one-way traffic for almost its entirety. Dimitrov can hardly believe how easy it was.
"You get a feeling sometimes that everything you touch turns to gold and the first set was like that for sure," Dimitrov says.
"I feel quite humbled and it's just a special week for me."
He'll be back on Friday for a dead rubber against Pablo Carreno Busta where he will just look to conserve energy for Saturday's semi-finals – although a win could see him avoid Roger Federer until the final. We'll be here to blog it all! See you then.
GRIGOR DIMITROV BEATS DAVID GOFFIN 6-0, 6-2!
Goffin tries to give the score line an iota of respectability but a double-fault leads to deuce and another error brings up match point. He saves it with just his ninth winner of the match. He saves one more but a fine forehand from Dimitrov seals the match in just 73 minutes. He is into Saturday's semis and Goffin will need to beat Dominic Thiem to have any chance of doing so now.
Dimitrov 6-0, 5-2 Goffin*
A love hold and Dimitrov is now just one game away from the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals.
*Dimitrov 6-0, 4-2 Goffin
Goffin's best hold of the match, although since it is just his second, that's not saying much. It is blemish-free other than a stonking backhand pass from Dimitrov as Goffin comes in behind too weak an approach shot.
Dimitrov 6-0, 4-1 Goffin*
This is great character from the Belgian, who is covering every inch of the court in an effort to wrestle back this second set and whipping a forehand in from close to the net.
Dimitrov pulls it back to 30-30 with a terrific backhand down the line but Goffin takes him to deuce three times after a coaching violation for the Bulgarian. However, he cannot find the final breakthrough required and Dimitrov retains his break in the second.
*Dimitrov 6-0, 3-1 Goffin
Even when Goffin is good, Dimitrov is better. The Belgian runs down a drop shot with great speed only to see a Dimitrov pass beat him for 0-15. A brilliant forehand winner later and it's 0-30…but Goffin finds a first serve and a lovely pick-up volley from his toes, followed by another first serve (just his third of the set) and at LAST Goffin is on the board and the crowd go wild. 48 minutes it's taken him.
Dimitrov 6-0, 3-0 Goffin*
Hello? Life? A first break point of the match is forced and while Dimitrov saves it at the net, that should give the Belgian some confidence. The No 6 seed holds for his ninth consecutive game but Goffin is getting closer. No-one wants to see a double bagel.
*Dimitrov 6-0, 2-0 Goffin
Uh oh. Goffin brings up two more break points and double-faults again to lose the game.
On the points count, it's 37-14 at the moment. This is ugly.
Dimitrov 6-0, 1-0 Goffin*
Dimitrov loses teh frist game of the set but bounces back to hold. Goffin hit 13 unforced errors in the first set and does not look like waking up anytime soon.
Grigor Dimitrov took the first set in just 27 minutes
GRIGOR DIMITROV WINS THE FIRST SET 6-0!
Oh dear. A couple of very lose forehands from Goffin and Dimitrov secures the first bagel of the week. That was pretty embarassing for Goffin.
Dimitrov 5-0 Goffin*
Quite a lot of the air has been sucked out of this stadium as Dimitrov holds to love and Goffin is sinking without a trace in this first set.
*Dimitrov 4-0 Goffin
It’s not going well for Goffin as two more unforced errors see him forced to serve at 30-30, and second serve too.
He manages to out-last Dimitrov in the ensuing rally though, but a forehand wide takes him to deuce and when the Bulgarian comes to the net again, Goffin can only net. However, Dimitrov flies a forehand long and Goffin saves the break point.
A double-fault give Dimitrov another chance he can’t take before the Belgian’s first ace is cancelled out by a sumptuous drop-volley, set up by some fierce backhand hitting.
Another double brings up the third break point of the game but Goffin finally finds some penetration with his forehand to nullify it.
The resistance is gruelling broken in the end but it was not undeserved, as on break point No 4 Dimtrov gets a net cord that pulls Goffin in and the Belgian gets one that flies his ball long.
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Dimitrov 3-0 Goffin*
As the scoreline suggests, it’s Dimitrov really with Goffin yet to produce anything meaningful from the baseline.
Wonderful aggression from Dimitrov once again, flying forward and arrowing a forehand drive volley past Goffin to seal the game.
The Belgian has won three points so far in the match.
*Dimitrov 2-0 Goffin
Another long rally lost by Goffin before Dimitrov runs round a second serve and belts a forehand winner. More aggression from the baseline gives the Bulgarian three early break points and he fluffs the first one when he slices a backhand into the net.
Some brilliant defence from Dimitrov keeps him in the point at 15-40 before coming in behind a slice backhand and the forehand volley is beautifully controlled. First blood Dimitrov.
Dimitrov 1-0 Goffin*
Dimitrov talked about being aggressive in these matches after winning on Monday, a word Goffin also emphasised after his win over the Bulgarian in February. No question both men are looking to do that early but the first long rally sees Goffin break first. A small pocket of Belgians high in the upper bowl go mad when Dimitrov flies a backhand long to put Goffin on the board. But Dimitrov sews up the game to 15 with a big kick second serve.
2.12pm: Time has been called and Goffin chose to receive so Dimitrov will serve first. Stadium not exactly full but not empty either. Decent noise around the place and I've seen a fair few Bulgarian flags.
2.05pm: Let's have a quick look at their head-to-head record as they're being introduced to the crowd and will surely start hitting a few balls in a minute.
Both of their last two meetings have been on indoor hard courts, which is rather nice in terms of form for this encounter. And even better, it's 1-1 in those two matches.
Dimitrov beat the Belgian in the final in Sofia, home support powering him to a 7-5, 6-4 win. But Goffin got his revenge at Rotterdam just five days later, winning in three sets for his only win over the Bulgarian in four top-level meeting.
2pm:Okay so a 2pm start was ambitious. It's just the first time the doubles have been done early so I thought we might have a chance. But Dimitrov and Goffin will be out in front of the crowd and knocking up soon. I promise.
1.45pm: Have you worked out all the qualification scenarios yet? Essentially, a straight-sets win for either player puts them in the semis.
If we go to three, Goffin will need to cheer for PCB in tonight’s other group match, otherwise it all comes down to Friday. Clear as mud.
Anyway, the Bryan brothers were beaten in just 60 minutes earlier so we will actually get underway close to on time here. The arena has been plunged into darkness suggesting to me that we are a couple of minutes away from getting the players out on court ahead of a 2pm start.