By Ros Satar at the O2, London

LONDON, UK – The ATP season finale draws to a close with two of first time qualifiers going head to head for the season

 

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Head to Head

Dimitrov Goffin
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It is a fairly hefty deficit that Goffin has to overturn, although he did win in Rotterdam this year on an indoor hard court, before being taken to the cleaners by Dimitrov in the round robin stages following his incredible win over Rafael Nadal in the opening round.

Dimitrov goes unbeaten though into the final and although he claimed that he cannot think about his earlier match against Goffin (except to maybe ‘press replay’ and have that match back again) he has to take note of Goffin’s two major wins, and especially the confidence that gives the Belgian.

Advantage: Dimitrov

 

Titles History

Dimitrov Goffin
Titles (2017) 7 (3) 4 (2)
Slams (2017) 0 (0) 0 (0)

 

Both have picked up silverware this year, and who knows whether Goffin could have contended for more until the ankle injury at Roland Garros dented his year, but Dimitrov has picked up the bigger title by winning his maiden Masters 1000 this year in Cincinnati.

Advantage: Dimitrov

 

Year to Date/Career W/L Record

Dimitrov Goffin
All surfaces W/L 48-19 / 256-161 57-23 / 200-126
Hard-court 38-11 / 228-131 41-16 / 249-125

 

Despite his injury and losing out on the clay court season, Goffin has made his time count on hard courts amassing a better win-loss ration across the year

Advantage: Goffin

 

Match Stats 2017

Dimitrov Goffin
Tie-Breaks 17-10 20-17
Deciding sets 13-12 22-5

 

Tie-breaks

Dimitrov has been taken to a tie-break far less than Goffin, who as a narrow winning marfin

Deciding Sets

Dimitrov’s two three-setters here have helped turn his win-loss record in deciding sets to be slightly less alarming, but Goffin while having had to sort it out in the decider has had the better run of wins

Deuce

 

Tournament

Serve/Return

They have both been serving pretty well, and Goffin’s performance in the semi-final in particular has helped his numbers this week, although Dimitrov has maybe been a bit more solid n his second serves and a little more aggressive on his returns.

Dimitrov as just looked to be the more efficient in his time on court – his comprehensive win over Goffin just gives him the edge.

Advantage: Dimitrov

The Nitto ATP Finals championship match will take place on Sunday, not before 6:00pm GMT.

 

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