Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov became the first man in 19 years to win the ATP Finals on his debut appearance with the victory over Belgian David Goffin.
26-year-old Dimitrov claimed what was arguably the biggest title of his career as he won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in just over two-and-a-half hours at the London’s O2 Arena.
The Bulgarian won all five matches in London, and will end the year ranked third in the world, while Goffin will move up to seventh in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
“I’m still trying to think about what I just did (…) This is a great, unbelievable achievement for me, but I still have a lot to give. One of my main goals is to win a Grand Slam tournament. This has always been a dream of mine. Now, slowly, I think I’m getting there”, Dimitrov said.
Goffin became the first player in history to defeat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the same tournament, and then fail to claim the title. Nadal and Federer were beaten by the same player 11 times in the past, and in all of those cases the one who had beaten them - including the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian - went on to win the tournament.
Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australian John Peers retained the doubles title they won last year with a 6-4 6-2 win over top seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Brazilian Marcelo Melo.