David Goffin eases past Dominic Thiem to set up Roger Federer clash
David Goffin v Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1

David Goffin eases past Dominic Thiem to set up Roger Federer clash

18/11/2017

David Goffin beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 on Friday to secure his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals where he will face Roger Federer.

Belgian Goffin, thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov two days ago, appeared to be feeling the effects of that mauling as he went 3-0 down with a whimper, but came alive to win 15 points in a row during a first-set comeback.

Thiem looked disinterested at the start of the second set and quickly went 4-1 down. There was some brief resistance in a 10-minute sixth game but Goffin held and claimed victory on his second match point with a searing backhand winner.

A scrappy contest saw Thiem rack up 27 unforced errors to Goffin's 20, with the combined winner count only 21.

Goffin's victory means three of the four players who had qualified for the elite tournament for the first time have progressed from the round-robin stage. The other semi-final will pit Dimitrov against American Jack Sock.

Dimitrov is up against alternate Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in Friday's late match which is academic apart from the prize money and ranking points available.

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