Goffin wins third ATP tournament of his career

Three years after his last tournament victory, David Goffin has won the ATP tournament in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. In a hard-fought final our compatriot beat the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. David Goffin’s last ATP tournament final win was on 21 September 2014. Since then he has played (and lost) in 6 ATP tournament finals.
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Aleksandr Dolgopolov had beaten David Goffin in their previous two meetings.

The first set was finely balanced. However, at 3-3 David Goffin went for Aleksandr Dolgopolov’s weak spot, taking the set.

David Goffin seemed to be storming on through the second set. However, in the first game he dropped 5 break points, after which his performance collapsed.

At 5-1 Aleksandr Dolgopolov served to take the set. It was a point that David Goffin showed some backbone. He broke on through, forcing a tie-break, which he eventually lost.

The third set was a war of attrition. However, David Goffin came through. His tournament victory means that the Belgian has moved up the world rankings. He is now, for the time being at least, in the top 10.