David Goffin broke a title drought stretching back four years as the Belgian claimed his fifth career trophy on Sunday by winning the ATP Montpellier. event.
The 30-year-old defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, taking just over two hours to taste success again.
Goffin produced 13 aces and broke four times on the way to victory, his first trophy showing since Tokyo four years ago.
“It’s never easy to win tournaments. This is my fifth and every tournament that I’ve won was very special,” he said.
“I’ve had matches (with) zero chance to win 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 southern French tournament has been a long-running home affair, with Goffin only the third foreigner to lift the trophy after CzechTomas Berdych (2012) and Germany’s Alexander Zverev (2017).
“A final is always different. You have to just go for it,” the winner said. “It’s the last match of the week, so you have to give everything to try to win the trophy.
“I raised my level and I’m really happy at the end. I had tough weeks last season and I’m happy that I’m back with a level like this.”
Bautista Agut was denied a 10th career title after losing the eighth final of his career.
Main photo:- David Goffin with Sud de France trophy – by J.B.Autissier/ATPtour.com