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Dimitrov beats Goffin to claim ATP Finals title

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(TSX / STATS) -- Grigor Dimitrov defeated Belgium's David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to win the ATP Finals title in London.

It was the sixth-seeded Bulgarian's fourth title of the year and eighth career. Dimitrov will be ranked No. 3 when the year-end ATP rankings come out Monday.

"This makes me even more locked in, more excited about my work and for what's to come," Dimitrov said. "It's a great platform for me to build on for next year. It's going to be amazing in the offseason. I know what I have to do in order to do good."

Goffin, the No. 7 seed, got off to a better start, leading 4-3 in the first set. Dimitrov, however, did not face a break point in his final two service games and was able to claim the set.

"I really had to dig deep, especially in that first set, which I thought was the key," Dimitrov said.

After the second set was tied 3-3, Goffin returned to the same aggressive way he began the match as he broke Dimitrov for a third time and dominated with his serve for the remainder of the set.

"When the serve is going well, it's easier to be more aggressive," Goffin said.

In the deciding set, Dimitrov stormed back with a break in an 11-point game. He later won championship point when Goffin shot a backhand volley into the net.

Despite the loss, Goffin will finish at a career-high No. 7 in the year-end world rankings.

"I proved to myself that I'm in the right place, and I deserve to be here in this tournament," Goffin said. "Then match after match, I took more confidence until the final. So I'm proud of what I've achieved, even if I'm disappointed about the final."

Updated November 19, 2017

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