Grigor Dimitrov has a dream end of the year. He went a step closer to the biggest career title.
The world number six showcased amazing form, as he crushed David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta in the Round-Robin stage. He remained undefeated to win the Pete Sampras group, as his game seemed big and his confidence high.
Jack Sock had a 3-1 record against Grigor, as he claimed the last three encounters. He was coming in the Semi-Finals after a great run for the year. He won the Paris Masters and qualified from Boris Becker group, upsetting favorite Zverev in the process.
The match started in a categorical fashion, as Dimitrov overpowered the American. But that form didn’t last long, as Sock managed to break back. Both players were attacking at the net, but world number 9 seemed more confident and with more imagination. He claimed the first set in front of a tensed Dimitrov.
But what came next was out of this world. The 26 years old played a stellar Tennis to bagel his foe. He dominated all aspects of the game, from serve to speed, placement, power and variety of the shots. He totally demolished the American, as he was hitting hard his forehand, hitting slices or powerful well placed balls with his versatile one hand backhand.
In the decider, Dimitrov had to do more defense, but proved his skills. He could make winners from both sides, as he could easily change direction, speed and spin with his backhand. Also, his forehand proved to be much more powerful, versatile and precise than his opponent’s. Sock’s forehand was proved to be again one of his Achilles heel, as he has a lot of work to do in order to transform it in a competitive one (for this level).
Jack Sock had a dream run nevertheless, reaching great heights at the end of 2017.
Grigor Dimitrov claimed the win, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
He will next meet Davin Goffin in the Final, with a 4-1 on the head to head meetings. His most recent victory came in this tournament’s Round-Robin stage, when he crushed his Belgian opponent, 6-0, 6-2.