Neither Dominic Thiem nor David Goffin had had an impressive run thus far in the ATP World Tour Finals. But Friday was the day to make it count; the winner would progress to the semifinals on Saturday, while the loser would go home.
After Goffin’s absent Wednesday evening performance, Thiem was the marginal favourite. But the Belgian — still with heavily strapped left knee — fought to a straight sets 6-4, 6-1 victory.
“It was difficult to play against Dominic, such a close friend and such a nice guy. 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.