David Goffin won his fifth career title coming from a set down to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the final Sunday in Montpellier, France.
The title was the Belgian’s first since 2017 Tokyo where he beat Adrian Mannarino. He had lost three straight finals since.
“It’s never easy to win tournaments. This is my fifth and every tournament that I’ve won was very special,” said Goffin. “I had some opportunities, I’ve had matches, I had zero chance to win in the final. Sometimes you take it, sometimes not. I’ve played some finals, but you need to continue, you need to improve your game, you need to fight and I’m happy that it paid off at the end.”
Goffin won three of his four matches on the week in three sets and entered the event after an 0-2 Australian swing. He has the most titles of any Belgian man (Xavier Malisse is next with 3). And six of his now 14 career finals have come indoors.
“A final is always different. You have to just go for it,” said Goffin. “You’ve already a good week and you’re playing the final. It’s the last match of the week, so you have to give everything to try to win the trophy. Otherwise, it’s tough to win a tournament. I did it, I raised my level and I’m really happy at the end because it was a tough moment. Tough weeks last season and I’m happy that I’m back with a level like this.”
The 30-year-old Goffin has won his last four against Bautista Agut who was seeking a 10th title.
“The first part of the match today was at a better level from my side. I player better and I was more aggressive,” the 32-year-old Bautista Agut said. “I think the key was the return. He was putting a lot of pressure on my serve with his return.”
Both players now head to Rotterdam.
OPEN ERA ATP BELGIAN TITLE WINNERS
David Goffin 5
Xavier Malisse 3
Olivier Rochus 2
Steve Darcis 2
Felip Dewulf 2
Bernard Mignot 1
Libor Pimek 1
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