It is a fairly hefty deficit that Goffin has to overturn, although he did win in Rotterdam this year on an indoor hard court, before being taken to the cleaners by Dimitrov in the round robin stages following his incredible win over Rafael Nadal in the opening round.
Dimitrov goes unbeaten though into the final and although he claimed that he cannot think about his earlier match against Goffin (except to maybe ‘press replay’ and have that match back again) he has to take note of Goffin’s two major wins, and especially the confidence that gives the Belgian.
Both have picked up silverware this year, and who knows whether Goffin could have contended for more until the ankle injury at Roland Garros dented his year, but Dimitrov has picked up the bigger title by winning his maiden Masters 1000 this year in Cincinnati.
Year to Date/Career W/L Record
All surfaces W/L
48-19 / 256-161
57-23 / 200-126
38-11 / 228-131
41-16 / 249-125
Despite his injury and losing out on the clay court season, Goffin has made his time count on hard courts amassing a better win-loss ration across the year
Match Stats 2017
Dimitrov has been taken to a tie-break far less than Goffin, who as a narrow winning marfin
Dimitrov’s two three-setters here have helped turn his win-loss record in deciding sets to be slightly less alarming, but Goffin while having had to sort it out in the decider has had the better run of wins
They have both been serving pretty well, and Goffin’s performance in the semi-final in particular has helped his numbers this week, although Dimitrov has maybe been a bit more solid n his second serves and a little more aggressive on his returns.
Dimitrov as just looked to be the more efficient in his time on court – his comprehensive win over Goffin just gives him the edge.
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