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London | Dimitrov finally claims a major title

Grigor Dimitrov cried as he came of age to seal the singles title at the ATP Finals, declaring: “It just came out. It is a special event.” Dimitrov has been touted as the next big thing for some time; saddled with the moniker Baby Fed, given because his style reminded people of a younger Roger Federer. But he grew up at a rock ‘n’ rolling 02 on the banks of the River Thames in London on Sunday night. The first debut winner of the title since Alex Corretja in 1998 showed class, determination, nerve and sheer guts to defeat...

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London | Federer toppled by Goffin

Brad Gilbert reckons Grigor Dimitrov will emerge triumphant again when he takes on David Goffin in the unexpected deciding match of the ATP Finals at the 02 on Sunday. Dimitrov destroyed Goffin for the loss of just two games in the round-robin stage – but won’t find it as easy the second time around, according to Andy Murray and Andre Agassi’s former...

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London | Dimitrov secures last semi-final place

Grigor Dimitrov has no intention of changing his game in order to beat Jack Sock in their semi-final at the Nitto ATP Finals at the 02 on Saturday night. The Bulgarian said: “I don’t think I’m going to be trying anything different against Jack. I’m just going to focus on my side of the net, my game. Again, he has his game, I have my game. Simple as that. I don’t think either one of us is going to try to do anything different in order to win. “Obviously, the fight is going to be out there. But I don’t feel...

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London | Murray and Lendl part – again

Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl have mutually agreed to part company again. Murray, sidelined by a hip injury, said: “I’m thankful to Ivan for his help and guidance over the years. “We’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team. My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to...

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London | Murray into last four

British ace Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares have reached their second successive doubles semi-final at the ATP Finals at the 02. And Murray will have to face up to former partner John Peers for a final spot on Saturday. Australian Peers teams up Henri...

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London | Goffin sweeps past Thiem

David Goffin, so feather light it looks as if a breeze might knocked him over, faces a storm as Roger Federer blows in. Goffin stunned Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-4 to earn a semi-final date against Federer on Saturday when Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock match up in the other last-four encounter The Belgian beat world No.1 Rafa Nadal earlier in his group but freely admits he has no idea how to stop the Swiss master’s campaign to lift a record seventh...

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London | He played because it was the Finals, coach says

Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP World Tour Finals after losing his opening match to David Goffin 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 last Monday at the O2 Arena, and subsequently withdrawing from the season-ending tournament. Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quarter-final stage 10 days earlier and admitted ahead of the ATP Finals on the indoor hard-court he struggles on, that his knees, which have caused him trouble throughout his career, were still not...

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London | Sock shocks Zverev

Outsider Jack Sock shocked “choking” Alexander Zverev  6-4 1-6 6-4 to seal a semi-final date against Grigor  Dimitrov at the ATP Finals. And when asked if he felt he could go all the way insisted: “Why not? I think Grigor has really kind of found his game. But I’m playing with a lot of confidence. Coming off winning in Paris (at the Masters), winning my matches here and getting into the semi-final. You never know what can...

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London | Federer makes a clean sweep of his matches

Roger Federer came back to defeat Marin Cilic  6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 in a repeat of their Wimbledon final. Federer had already booked his last-four berth for the 14th time at the O2 and Cilic knew he would not progess going in having lost his first two matches. And it looked as though the fifth-seeded Croatian might be on the road to avenge his All England Club loss which signalled the Swiss master becoming the first winner of eight men’s singles titles in London SW19. Cilic, whose meeting with Federer at Wimbledon was hampered by a blister, edged in...

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London | Dimitrov turns on the style

Everything turned gold for Grigor Dimitrov as he reached the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals with a 6-0 6-2 destruction of David Goffin in 74 one-sided minutes. And the debuting Dimitrov said in front of the 02 crowd to the BBC’s Annabel Croft: “You get a few days out of the year that whatever you touch turns to gold, and that was the first...

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