Goffin shocks Federer in semi of ATP Finals
(TSX / STATS) -- David Goffin of Belgium rallied from a set down to beat Roger Federer of Switzerland for the first time and claim an impressive 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory on Saturday in the semifinals of the ATP Finals in London.
The 26-year-old Goffin will meet either Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or American Jack Sock in the final on Sunday.
"I have no words. I cannot describe how I'm feeling," an emotional Goffin said in his on-court interview after stunning the second-seeded Federer. "So much joy, so much happiness. I'm so happy to play the match I played, it was such a special moment."
The seventh-seeded Goffin hinted he might have a preference as to his opponent on the final day of the 2017 season. He faced No. 4 Dimitrov in Group Pete Sampras play earlier in the week, falling 6-0, 6-2.
"If you watched some matches this week you know the answer," Goffin said, smiling.
Goffin is 1-3 against Dimitrov in their head-to-head series but 3-0 against the eighth-seeded Sock.
Goffin, a first-time qualifier in the event, was asked what he changed in order to claim his first-ever win over the 36-year-old Federer, who has 19 Grand Slam titles.
"Honestly I don't know. It was just the feeling," Goffin said. "I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but I did some great serves, I was really aggressive so yeah, that was my day."
A disappointed Federer said Goffin was the better player on this day.
"It's a bit disappointing for me because it's indoors, it's a court I like to play on," Federer said. "But I had my chances and missed them. When he had them, he was very committed. I think that was the difference today."
Updated November 18, 2017