David Goffin sets up Roger Federer semi-final clash at ATP Finals

David Goffin sets up Roger Federer semi-final clash at ATP Finals

Roger Federer has surpassed the dizzying financial heights of golf legend Tiger Woods to become the world's highest earning athlete, as a result of prize money alone.

ROGER FEDERER came from a set down to take his winning streak to 13 matches with victory over Marin Cilic at the ATP Finals. And he is an overwhelming favourite to do so.

The Swiss player won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year upon returning from an injury affected second half of 2016.

The world No. 2 had secured his path to the last-four by Tuesday night, having beaten Jack Sock and Alexander Zverev, and he made it a clean sweep with a win over Marin Cilic on Thursday as he looks to win his seventh season-ending title. It is interesting. It's the ultimate achievement in tennis in some ways, it always has been for me.

David Goffin sets up Roger Federer semi-final clash at ATP Finals

Goffin needed 10 minutes to hold for 5-1 as Thiem displayed some signs of resistance, only to see four more break points go begging. Maybe I tense up, maybe I'm nervous, maybe that's not good for my back. I had match points in both matches, ' he said.

Federer could have pushed Nadal further in pursuit of the World No 1 ranking had he not pulled out of the Paris Masters. "But maybe losing to Tommy Haas (in Stuttgart) and Evgeny Donskoy (in Dubai) ended up haunting me", he said.

"After the first match against Rafael I wasted so much energy, I was not ready for Grigor, but I had a good rest yesterday and was ready for today, and I hope I can do the same for the semi-finals". It's not like I didn't try.

Next up for Federer will be either Belgium's David Goffin or Austria's Dominic Thiem, who will square off in Group Pete Sampras action Friday with a semi-final berth at stake. "At the end I played really well so I'm really happy to be playing this level right now". 'I have no regrets because I exceeded my expectations'.

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