10 Things to Know at the ATP Finals: Friday

LONDON, UK - Who will join Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock in the semifinals of the Nitto ATP Finals? We’ll find out on Friday - the winner of Dominic Thiem against David Goffin will round out the final four. Dimitrov will also play Pablo Carreno Busta in the feature night match.

Here are 10 Things To Know at the Nitto ATP Finals on Friday:

1. The Thiem-Goffin winner will reach the semifinals here for the first time. For World No.4 Thiem, it would be the biggest semifinal of his career other than his two French Open semifinals in 2016 and 2017. For World No.8 Goffin, it would be the biggest semifinal of his career, period.

2. Goffin leads Thiem in the head-to-head, 6-3. Goffin’s also 2-0 against Thiem this year with wins at the Australian Open and Monte Carlo. And if you add in the pair’s only previous meeting that wasn’t at the ATP World Tour level - the qualies of Acapulco in 2014 - Goffin’s actually up 7-3 head-to-head.

3. Thiem has struggled against Top 10 players on hardcourts. He’s just 2-14 in his career, but there’s some good news - both of the wins came on this very court, against a No.6-ranked Gael Monfils in the round robin here a year ago and against No.10-ranked Carreno Busta two days ago.

Here are some highlights from Thiem’s grueling three set win over Carreno Busta on Wednesday:

4. Goffin, on the other hand, is strong against Top 10 players on hardcourts. Five of his nine career wins over Top 10 players have come on this surface, including the biggest win of his career on Monday against No.1-ranked Rafael Nadal. The Belgian’s other four Top 10 wins have come on clay.

5. Thiem is going for his 50th match win of the year. Only four players have hit that milestone already in 2017 - Nadal (67), Zverev (55), Goffin (55 going into today’s match) and Federer (52).

6. Thiem and Goffin are good friends. Check out this ATP World Tour feature where the Austrian and the Belgian are asked who’s better at various things - and mostly take turns choosing each other:

7. Dimitrov will play Carreno Busta without any pressure. The Bulgarian - who’s actually the first from his country ever to qualify for the ATP Finals - has already secured his spot in the semifinals.

8. Carreno Busta has no pressure either - and he’s won their last two meetings. Dimitrov won their first three meetings, one at a Challenger then two more at the ATP World Tour level, but Carreno Busta has won their last two meetings - Madrid in 2016, French Open this year - in straight sets.

Here are highlights from their last meeting - an impressive win for Carreno Busta at Roland Garros.

9. Carreno Busta’s going for the equal-biggest win of his career. If he beats the World No.6, it’ll tie his best-ever win over a No.6-ranked Milos Raonic in the fourth round of Roland Garros this year.

10. You can watch Day 6 from the ATP Finals live on Tennis Channel (see the listings here!)

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