Grigor Dimitrov defeated Jack Sock 4-6 6-3 6-0 to reach the ATP Finals Championship match. 'I think in the beginning, I think I started the match exactly the way I wanted it. I think I just, after that break, that breakpoint at 3-0 in the first set, I think was a little bit of a turning point I felt for him', Dimitrov said in press conference.
'He stepped in the court, started being a little more aggressive. I let him play his game. I think that was the first set. And, yeah, second was obviously one-way street. Very good play, as simple as that. In the third, I just had to find those little cracks in his game, yeah, to break him.
I think after that was, again, good finish for me.' Reflecting about the last two losses to Sock missing match points, Dimitrov added: 'The past two matches, super unfortunate. What can I say? But, yeah, that's what makes the game so special.
You know, sometimes not only that you have to fight yourself mentally, but you need to fight, like, the demons from previous matches or your opponent. There's just so many things that you bring out. I was very happy the way I handled the pressure.
Even though I was down a breakpoint or something, even if I had to play an extra game or games, I had to accept it. I think, regardless, you learn from those moments. I certainly learned from that experience.' About the final against David Goffin on Sunday at 6:00 PM local time, Dimitrov said: 'It's another match for me.
Obviously he's done well this week. I mean, beating Rafa, Roger, those are big wins. I think his confidence is going to be up there, yeah. But I'm not going to focus in on his confidence or his game right now. I'm just focusing on myself, the recovery that I'm going to do today.
Of course, it's not going to be the same after I played against him. But, yeah, it's another match for me. I think also is a different stage for both of us. Yeah, it's wonderful day to play on. I think Sundays are always the greatest days to play (smiling).
That's why I even practice on Sunday.' Winning without playing your best tennis. Is it the key? 'Those are the most important matches, simple as that. Those are the matches that I felt like my level has been higher than in the previous years.
I think it's great to be able not to strike the ball well, not to feel maybe well or something, but you have to find a way. That's the most important thing for me, is to find a way to win a match even not on your best days.
That's exactly what the top, top guys are doing. Simple as that. On a bad day, they're finding a way to win and get away with that. So, yeah, I think today, I mean, I didn't think I played bad, but I just felt that I could have done things better.
But, yeah, that's about it. I mean, after that, yeah, hopefully I'll pick up the same form.' On Monday will be the No. 3 player in the world, behind of Federer and Nadal. Did he expect it? 'Well, the goal was to finish the year top 10.
Now I finished 3. It's great. What can I say? It's wonderful, a wonderful reward. This is what I've been working for. So, yeah, it's even better, even better. You know, to finish the year in that manner, I think it's not only good for me, I think for the whole team.
I think that gives us a very good platform to start in the off-season, yeah, have a good start of next year.' ALSO READ: ATP FINALS - Grigor Dimitrov beats Jack Sock to achieve career high ranking .