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David Goffin pulls off huge upset to beat 1/10 favourite Roger Federer in ATP World Tour Finals

Neil Roarty 18 Nov 2017

David Goffin provided one of the tennis betting shocks of 2017 by beating 1/10 favourite Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals to reach the final of the season ending competition.


It has been a tough season for tennis traders and the ATP World Tour Finals have been no exception. The first blow came when pre-tournament second favourite Rafael Nadal withdrew from the O2 with a knee injury and things got worse for punters on Saturday when David Goffin upset odds of 1/10 to beat Roger Federer.

Federer had been heavily backed to beat Goffin and started at one of the shortest prices in ATP World Tour Finals history with most punters expecting an easy match for the Swiss, who had a 6-0 head-to-head to record against the Belgian. He had also been backed to big stakes to win the tournament, with William Hill reporting that they had laid a bet of £15,000 at odds of 8/11 on the world number two, who was just 4/11 to be crowned World Tour champion before facing Goffin.

It seemed plain sailing for the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion after the opening half hour when he took the set 6-2 and a comfortable victory seemed almost certain. Goffin, however, fought back and claimed an early break in the second set. The 26-year-old held on to take it 6-3 and did the same in the third set, breaking early before serving his way to a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The world number eight, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in any Grand Slam tournament, will now play in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals and will follow up by representing Belgium in the Davis Cup Final later this month.

Federer, meanwhile, will now rest until the start of the Australian Open in January, where he is a widely available 3/1 favourite to retain his title.


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David Goffin pulls off huge upset to beat 1/10 favourite Roger Federer in ATP World Tour Finals

David Goffin provided one of the tennis betting shocks of 2017 by beating 1/10 favourite Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals to reach the final of the season ending competition.

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