Goffin eases past Thiem to reach ATP Finals last four

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-18 01:44:08|Editor: huaxia
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LONDON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Seventh seed David Goffin breezed past world No. 4 Dominic Thiem to reach the semifinals of the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena here on Friday.

The Belgian needed only 72 minutes to win 6-4, 6-1, setting up a showdown with six-time champion Roger Federer on Saturday for a place in the title match.

"I have nothing to lose," Goffin said. "He's playing so well."

The 26-year-old became the fourth and final player to reach the semifinals of the season finale. Goffin finished second in Group Pete Sampras, behind group winner Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Federer won Group Boris Becker, and American Jack Sock reached the last four on Thursday night by beating Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Goffin has never beaten Federer in their all six meetings. They most recently met last month in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors Basel, where Federer won 6-1, 6-2 en route to his eighth Basel title.

"I've never found a key to beat Roger. Honestly, I don't know what to do tomorrow. But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past. I will try to do my best to play a better match than in Basel," Goffin said. Enditem