Belgian David Goffin broke a three-year title drought on Sunday in China, beating No. 5 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 to win the Shenzhen Open.
The win ended a six-final losing streak and upped his record to 1-3 in finals this year.
“This one is really special because you know it’s always tough to come back from injuries,” said Goffin, who suffered an ankle injury at the French Open that kept him out of Wimbledon. “To come back from injury to qualify my country for the Davis Cup final and then to win my third trophy, it means a lot.”
In the third set Goffin broke in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead before closing it out.
Goffin had lost all five career sets against Dolgopolov previously.
“In the third I served really well,” Goffin said. “I stayed really focused even if I was a little bit tired. I served really well and I played two really good games at the end of the match.”
Dolgopolov fell to 1-2 this year in finals, winning at Buenos Aires where he beat Kei Nishikori in the final.
“For sure I wanted to have an easier second set but I had some issues and overall he played better, I think,” said Dolgopolov, the No. 5 seed who only faced one other seed en route to the final, No. 6 Damir Dzumhur. “I had a good week.”
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