Goffin ends three-year wait for fifth title after ‘difficult days’

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE (AFP) – Belgium’s David Goffin captured his fifth ATP title but first in more than three years with victory over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the Montpellier final on Sunday.

Goffin, the 30-year-old world number 15, saw off top seed and 13th-ranked Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

“I gave it my all today. In a final you have to seize your opportunities and that’s what I did,” said Goffin who fired 13 aces past his 32-year-old opponent.

“I have been through difficult days and weeks so I’m glad I got back to this level.”

It was Goffin’s first title since Tokyo in October 2017 and a welcome boost after suffering a first round exit to Alexei Popyrin at the Australian Open.

Belgium’s David Goffin raises his arms in victory as he wins the final of the ATP World Tour Open Sud de France tennis tournament against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in Montpellier. PHOTO: AFP