But a double-fault at 4-3, 30-30 opened the door for Dimitrov to break back for a second time and he converted as Goffin sent a forehand long. "I'm just going to focus on what I can do and play hopefully the same game".
Dimitrov's confidence carried into the second set, where he brought up the first break point in the sixth game, only for Goffin to produce a stunning cross-court backhand victor to save it. "I won the most important points, especially in the first set".
The resilience that allowed Sock to come from behind and win the first set was nowhere to be seen in the second. I'm in the right place, and I deserve to be here in this tournament.
"After this week I'm a better player mentally", said Goffin, who became one of only six players to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament on his way to the final. "But in the end, I was really happy about the way I played the match, I was really nervous towards the end of the match", Goffin said in his on court interview after the match.
Fans may have hoped for a re-run final here of Federer versus Nadal, the veteran grandees who dominated the sport in 2017, but Dimitrov and Goffin offered an enthralling finale and perhaps a glimpse of the future. He'd had to change things up after their round-robin encounter, but his fearless all-or-nothing approach wasn't enough against the DImitrov defence, and a late mini-revival failed to save the match. I knew that David is going to try something new. Dimitrov finished it ahead after a 10-minute game on Goffin's shaky early serve gave him five chances to break. "I proved to myself that I can do it".
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"I think after this week I'm a better player mentally", said Goffin, who ends the season at a career-high No. 7 ranking.
Yet the Swiss and Dimitrov will take home a record prize of $2.5m should they win the ATP Tour's season-ending event as undefeated champions.
"It was not easy for me to lose my serve from the start".
Goffin, the first Belgian to qualify for the season climax, could scarcely believe his victory over Federer. "This has always been, again, a dream of mine".
In his opening match, Dimitrov needed three sets to advance past fourth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria, but against Busta and fellow semifinalist David Goffin of Belgium, Dimitrov lost only four games in four sets. "She's somewhere hiding", said Dimitrov.