Ahead of Saturday's ATP Finals semifinal, David Goffin said that he would "try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past" in an attempt to try to overhaul Roger Federer.
When asked in his on-court interview what he had changed in order to claim his first ever win over Federer, Goffin said: "Honestly I don't know". He broke Sock's first service game of the second set and attacked early with huge serves and fast, intimidating net play.
A 100 miles per hour (160 kph) forehand service return gave Federer an early break in the decider. In that third set I was just trying to get that break.
"I'm feeling okay. It was not the problem today".
Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov crushed alternate Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-1, 6-1 to finish Group Pete Sampras play a flawless 3-0 at the ATP Finals here on Friday. "Against Roger, it was such a special moment, I can not describe", Goffin said after the match.
Nearly nothing could separate the rivals in serving department, although Roger created 11 break points against 3 for David (they both scored 2 breaks), and Goffin won just 4 points more than Federer.
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Yet Sock took the next four games, only to be pegged back to 4-4, before a double fault from Zverev offered up match point and a wide forehand saw the eighth seed through 6-4 1-6 6-1.
"It doesn't have anything to do with the amount of tournaments I've played", the subdued Austrian, who has played 27 tournaments his season, told reporters.
Sock had found his momentum again and two games later and the scores were even once more. A poignant break from Sock in the seventh game looked hopeful for the young American, but Zverev countered by holding his own serve, too. In a dramatic finish, Zverev roared back from 4-1 down to draw level, only for Sock to pounce on his first match point.
By now, Sock had won more games than Dimitrov had relinquished in his previous two games combined.
In a familiar sequence, the second set started with an early break from Dimitrov allowing the 26-year-old Bulgarian a 3-0 lead. A gruelling contest, but Dimitrov eventually crunched a final deciding set 6-3 victory.
"I'm just looking forward to some time off now, away from the match court, away from the pressure, then hopefully play well in Australia", said the 36-year-old.