'Baby Fed' no more: Dimitrov wins ATP Finals

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Dimitrov battled to a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory against Goffin at the O2 Arena in London, while Scherzinger ran the rule over wannabe pop stars on United Kingdom talent show The X Factor. "So when my body's allowing me to do this kind of preparation, I feel I already have an advantage over any other player".

In the end, though, Grigor Dimitrov has shown that he might yet make good on that obvious promise, claiming the biggest prize of his career at the age of 26.

Dimitrov's confidence carried into the second set, where he brought up the first break point in the sixth game, only for Goffin to produce a stunning cross-court backhand victor to save it. I didn't put a lot of first serves in that game.

Sunday's match could have gone either way after a nervous first set in which the players exchanged a series of breaks.

"I'm just pretty relaxed right now".

But in a huge turnaround of furtunes, Dimitrov responded in unerring fashion with a flawless 6-0 scoreline in 22 minutes to set up a deciding set shoot-out. Now slowly I think this thing is getting there. Honestly, I don't know what to do tomorrow.

Dimitrov, who will end the year at three in the rankings, will start as hot favourite having thrashed Goffin 6-0 6-2 in group play this week.

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"I think I've had good results in the past, but now, as I said, I need to be even more consistent on those kind of events, and in the same time raise up my level on occasions like this". I was very composed with myself and not let any negative thoughts come into my head.

So much for the next generation of stars taking over at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Goffin, the first Belgian to qualify for the season climax, could scarcely believe his victory over Federer.

Dimitrov took charge of proceedings early on, playing a brilliant point by coming in on Sock's backhand, pushing his opponent out of position and then volleying into open court to earn the first break.

"It was the only game I didn't serve well". In the second, I had some opportunities to come back, to break back, but he was really solid.

But he has bounced back strongly to enjoy the best season of his career in 2017, winning four titles in all, including his first Masters title in Cincinnati. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".

But Dimitrov said it was too soon to proclaim a new era and write the obituaries of the "Big Four" who have dominated tennis over the past decade and more.

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