Goffin claims French spoils

01 March 2021 20:51:20 GMTPlus10

David Goffin ended a three-year title drought as he rallied from a set down to overcome Roberto Bautista Agut at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Sunday.

The Belgian had not claimed silverware since lifting the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo in 2017, having previously also lifted a title in Shenzhen.

However, Goffin's lengthy winless run and a surprise exit in the first round of the Australian Open at the hands of Alexei Popyrin had many doubting his ability to get the job done in Montpellier.

But Goffin, who had reached the final following wins over Benjamin Bonzi, Lorenzo Sonego and Egor Gerasimov, looked at the top of his game against Spanish stalwart Bautista Agut.

The world number 14, who is now a five-time winner on the ATP tour, had lost the opening set but showed plenty of character to prevail 5-7 6-4 6-2 in little over two hours.

The 30-year-old served 13 aces and converted four of his seven break-point opportunities against the tournament's top seed.

Speaking on-court after his victory, Goffin said: "It's never easy to win tournaments. This is my fifth and every tournament that I've won was very special.

"I had some opportunities, I've had matches [where] 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."

The Belgian, who is a three-time quarter-finalist in Grand Slam events, will compete in Rotterdam next week and is 2.00 for victory.

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