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To his credit, Dimitrov responded well, winning the first three games of the second set.
Sock turned the pressure up again in the ninth game and while Dimitrov managed to save one break point he fired long on the second to leave his foe serving for the set. But Goffin broke serve with a forehand victor in the second game of the second set and consolidated his advantage to take the match into a decider.
Goffin saved three match points to ask Dimitrov the serve it out, but he kept his composure to seal a famous win on his fifth match point, although he was given a helping hand as the Belgian dumped a simple-looking volley into the net.
Federer, 36, went into the semi-final with a 6-0 record against Goffin, whose resistance appeared to have been broken after only seven minutes.
"I just can't believe it", Goffin said after the match with disbelief writ large on his face. But lost his serve for just the third time all well as he was pegged back by the American No 1, who found his A-game.
Dimitrov will play Goffin in the final of the season-ending showpiece. Goffin for his part has already beaten Federer and Rafael Nadal this week - the first man to do so at the same tournament, by my calculations, since Novak Djokovic at this event two years ago - and conjures up delicious angles from the baseline, especially on the backhand side.
In a dramatic finish, Zverev roared back from 4-1 down to draw level, only for Sock to pounce on his first match-point. He did all of that in the opening game of the match, which played out over eight minutes and had four deuces. At 3-0 in the second set, Goffin was digging his heels into the game. Bulgarian on the way to the semi-final was served 2 aces, made 1 double fault, made 18 winnershow and made 11 unforced errors.
Both players stepped out onto court with an air of confidence, but it was Dimitrov who took the early lead, breaking Sock in the second, much to the young American's visible frustration.
"Just was great match, great atmosphere".
"Sometimes not only you have to fight yourself mentally, but you need to fight the demons from previous matches or your opponent", Dimitrov said.
"Well, I had a very, very good start obviously", Thiem said.
Dimitrov held confidently and then broke when Sock mishit a rally ball. It was a very close match, which was predictable as Sock saved one match point to beat Dimitrov in 2015 Montreal, and four match points earlier this year in Indian Wells. "But I will try something different for sure, yeah".
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