LONDON – Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals with a 6-0, 6-2 victory Wednesday afternoon over Belgian David Goffin in the Pete Sampras Group.
The sixth-ranked Dimitrov, the first Bulgarian to qualify for the elite, eight-man season-ending championships in its 48 editions, needed just 74 minutes to brush aside his Belgian rival, the world No. 8.
“I’m very humbled to win that match because I just wanted to come out and compete today,” Dimitrov, who edged Austria’s Dominic Thiem in his opening round-robin match on Monday, said afterward.
“You have days like that. I work for those days,” he added.
Dimitrov has reached the semifinals of this indoor hard-court event along with 36-year-old Swiss great Roger Federer, who advanced out of the Boris Becker Group with victories over American Jack Sock on Sunday and Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Tuesday.
In Wednesday’s night match, Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta, a substitute for injured world No. 1 and countryman Rafael Nadal in the Pete Sampras Group, will make his ATP Finals debut against Thiem.
Nadal withdrew from the ATP Finals after losing his opening match to Goffin in three sets.