It was the first encounter between Goffin, Belgium's number 1 male tennis player, and the young Rome resident who won the grass event in Stuttgart only last week. For Goffin, the success is a symbolic one after a long period full of doubts.
It will be the 12th final of his career and his first since losing the Masters final late in 2017, against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. Since his wonderful 2017, where he competed with the world's best players and managed a spot in the world's top-10, things went downhill for the Belgian. Now, he can finally say he is back.
Goffin runs into tennis legend Roger Federer in the final, after the Swiss - who boasts 9 Halle titles and will be seeking his 10th - moved past Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in his semi-final. Goffin underlines his upward line in Halle on the eve of Wimbledon. The Belgian played one grass final before, in 2015 in Rosmalen (which he lost).