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Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin

Grigor Dimitrov earns battling victory over Dominic Thiem on ATP Finals debut ATP FINALS - Wednesday Schedule: Dimitrov-Goffin match of the day
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Noviembre, 2017, 18:15

Facing break point at 5-5 in the second, Thiem produced a forehand winner to deny Dimitrov an opportunity to serve for the match, and then broke to love in the following game to level. "I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself".

The Spaniard came into the tournament with doubts swirling over his fitness after pulling out of the Paris Masters with a knee injury. The Bulgarian has been tabbed by many as the second favorite to get out of the group stage, but the Austrian will be trying to right his dreadful hard court form.

The Bulgarian pushed Rafael Nadal to the very brink in the Australian Open semifinals before bowing in a pulsating four hour, 56-minute clash.

Dimitrov opened his charge in London with a determined 6-3 5-7 7-5 win over his Austrian counterpart, who is ranked two places higher in the rankings.

Spaniard Nadal was moving freely enough for the first half of the match, even if the fizz was missing from his strokes, but by the end he appeared to be playing on one leg as the knee injury that had threatened his participation in the event was clearly causing him pain. It will be a fantastic match to watch and likely could be the best match of the first set of round-robin matches. If the treatment works or not, we will see.

"I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play". Goffin secured a double break to go ahead by 4-1, but Nadal rallied once more.

He suffered opening match losses in Chengdu, Tokyo, and Shanghai and only won one match in Vienna, his home tournament, and then in Paris.

"It was a tough fight until the end", said a relieved Goffin.

"Everybody of my team, we have the right experience on this thing", he added. I am so happy to finally find the key to win this match.

He had the best season of his career, he blew his chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the decider only to hit back immediately as Thiem himself faltered and going on to seal victory on his third match point. "It is so special to do it here".

Earlier, also in the Pete Sampras group, Grigor Dimitrov held his nerve to beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

However, he was punished by world number eight David Goffin on day two of the ATP World Tour finals. Also impressive, from the side view, is how he barely kept his body from toppling into the net, which would have lost him the point he'd just won so impressively.