London, Nov 16 (IANS) Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov overpowered Belgium’s David Goffin in straight sets to book a semifinal berth in the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena here.
The sixth seed stormed to a 6-0, 6-2 win against World No.7 Goffin in only 74 minutes, joining six-time winner Roger Federer as the only two singles players who secured semifinal places on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.
“I think clearly I played a great match today,” Dimitrov said.
“I think my focus was very good. I started the match well. I was using every opportunity. I took care of all of the balls that I had to. I won the most important points, especially in the first set.”
Goffin, who upset World No.1 Rafael Nadal in his first match, scored his first point 48 minutes into the match after being blanked in the first set. But Dimitrov continued to press him, charging the net and winning most of the points.
“I’m feeling okay. It was not the problem today. It was just a tough, tough match against Grigor, who played really well,” Goffin said.
“It was not easy for me to lose my serve from the start. It was tough for my confidence after that when it was 0-4. In the second, I had some opportunities to come back, to break back, but he was really solid. He served well,” he added.
Goffin will fight for a semifinal berth with Austrian Dominic Thiem in their final group match on Friday.
Thiem, the World No.4, collected his first win of the week, beating Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the day’s other match.
“I’m very happy and pleased that I get the chance to play for the semifinals on Friday,” Thiem said.
“We had some big, important matches in the past. This one’s going to be another one. We know each other very well. He played one very good match here, (and) one very bad match. I don’t know what to expect. I’m hoping that it’s going to be a tough match, and I’m trying everything to go through to the semis,” he added.
Busta, ranked 10th in the world, is taking the place of Nadal, who withdrew from the season finale on Monday due to an injured right knee.
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