ATP Montpellier: David Goffin downs Roberto Bautista Agut to end title drought

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ATP Montpellier: David Goffin downs Roberto Bautista Agut to end title drought

David Goffin had a miserable run in 2020, reaching one semi-final in Montpellier and never finding his best tennis. Following a solid run at the beginning of the new season in Antalya, the Belgian lost three straight matches before returning to Europe and entering the Open Sud de France draw in Montpellier.

The 2nd seed barely survived Benjamin Bonzi in the second round before raising his game to lift the fifth ATP title and the first since Tokyo 2017! In the semis, David overpowered Egor Gerasimov to set the title clash against the top seed Roberto Bautista Agut, facing each other for the sixth time.

The Belgian claimed the fourth straight victory, beating the Spaniard 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and five minutes for a much-needed title and a boost of confidence ahead of more notable events. David fired unexpected 13 aces and fended off four out of six break points, earning four breaks to control the scoreboard after the opener and bring the victory home.

In Montpellier, David Goffin claimed the first ATP title since Tokyo 2017.

Roberto held at love in the first game with a forehand winner, saved a break point in game three and grabbed a break at love a few minutes later for a 3-1 advantage.

The Spaniard forged a 5-2 lead with another hold at love in game seven before the Belgian pulled the break back in game nine to prolong the set. Roberto stayed composed and secured a set with another break at 6-5, wrapping up the clash's opener in 50 minutes.

Goffin raised his game in set number two and delivered five comfortable holds, backed by an early break that claimed the set for him. David painted a backhand down the line winner in the opening game for a break at love, cemented it with a smash winner in game two and blasted four service winners at 5-4 to seal the set in style.

Bautista Agut sprayed a forehand error in the third set's first game to suffer an instant break and wasted two break chances in the next one that could have kept him in contention. Both players served well in the next four games before Goffin secured another break with a winner at the net in game seven that sent him 5-2 up.

Serving for the victory, David saved a break point and forced the rival's error to seal the deal and celebrate the first title in over three years.