Goffin Shuts Down Sousa to Win Moselle Open

by John on September 21, 2014

Goffin at Metz

Eighth-seeded David Goffin continued his hot streak defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Moselle Open in Metz, France, Sunday afternoon. The 23-year-old Belgian captured his second career title and has now won 34 of his last 36 matches overall since losing to Andy Murray in the opening round at Wimbledon. Goffin won his maiden title at Kitzbuhel last month in the midst of a 25-match winning streak, which saw him win three Challenger titles and reach the quarterfinals at Winston-Salem as a qualifier. The No. 45-ranked Goffin had knocked out top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals on Friday and Sousa, seeded fifth, had bounced second-seeded Gael Monfils in the semifinals yesterday. “This is very special because my family was here today,” Goffin said. “That’s the advantage of playing close to home. Winning my second title feels just as good as the first one. I’m very happy.” The cat-quick Goffin, playing with power that belies his 5-foot-11, 150-pound frame, hit 34 winners and served 10 aces. Goffin saved all four of the break points against his serve and won three of the nine opportunities he had against Sousa’s. “I had to play aggressively today, dictate the game,” Goffin said. “The tactics worked out well and I served well. I was able to focus until the end.” Goffin broke in the third game of the opening set and the first and ninth games of the second. Sousa hit 14 winners and committed 16 unforced errors, the more aggressive Goffin had 26. It was the first time since 2008 that a Frenchman didn’t win the tournament. “I have to congratulate David on a fantastic week,” Sousa said. “Even if I lost today, it was a great week for me as well, reaching the final. I hope that I can come back next year and hopefully go one step further.” Goffin will surpass his career-high No. 42 ranking tomorrow when the new ATP rankings come out.

 

 

 

 

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