Goffin Takes Tokyo Over Mannarino, Strengthens London Position

by Staff | October 8th, 2017, 7:06 pm
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David Goffin enjoyed his biggest career title capturing his first ATP 500 at Tokyo Sunday beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5.

It was Goffin’s 9th straight win after taking Shenzhen last week and it put him in 8th position in the race to London.

“It’s a really special trophy for me, as I won the tournament last week and now have again today,” said Goffin. “It’s a special feeling at a tournament I like. I have a lot of happy memories in Tokyo. It’s difficult to describe my feelings.

“It’s important for me to stay fresh physically and mentally with potentially the ATP Finals ahead and then playing for Belgium in the Davis Cup final. I am ready fight and I want to keep winning.”

For Goffin, it was his fourth career title (second of the year), while Mannarino drops to 0-4 in ATP Finals.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Goffin. “The final is always tough to manage the emotions before and during the match. I just needed one break to win the first set, then in the second set he became more aggressive. Adrian was very solid in the rallies, hitting the ball flat. At the end I started to be a little more aggressive on the return of serve and I was pleased to comeback and break him at 5-5.”

Goffin fell in the Tokyo final last year to Nick Kyrgios.

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