David Goffin 'thrilled' after winning his first ATP title since 2017
Top-ranked Belgian tennis player defeated No. 1 seed in the Montpellier final to lift his fifth ATP title. Goffin, seeded at No. 2, recovered from a set down to beat the Spaniard 5-7 6-4 6-2 and win his first title of the season.
"It’s never easy to win tournaments. This is my fifth and every tournament that I’ve won was very special,” Goffin said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. “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”. Goffin captured his first title since 2017.
"A final is always different. You have to just go for it,” said Goffin. “You’ve already [had] a good week and you’re playing the final. It’s the last match of the week, so you have to give everything to try to win the trophy.
Otherwise, it’s tough to win a tournament. I did it, I raised my level and I’m really happy at the end because it was a tough moment. [I had] tough weeks last season and I’m happy that I’m back with a level like this”.
Goffin gave credit to Bautista Agut
Bautista Agut won a tight opener to take a lead in the match but Goffin kept his focus and completed a comeback win. “He played really well the whole week and I always know against Roberto that he’s a very tough opponent,” said Goffin.
“[He’s] one of the biggest fighters and one of the best players in the world, so it’s always tough. Especially in the final, I had to play my best tennis and I think it was the case… I started to play well from the start of the second [set] and I had to give everything. That was my only chance today”.