ATP Shenzhen: Goffin edges Laaksonen. Dolgopolov tops Dzumhur

Ruben Hill
October 1, 2017

Nonetheless, Goffin quickly recovered and he opened the final set with a much-needed break, opening a 5-3 lead after 4 good holds. He saved both with good serves and he brought the game home with 4 service winners in a row to avoid chasing the result right from the start.

The strongest tennis player Oleksandr Dolgopolov on the Chinese hard courts failed to draw a fourth title in his career.

Yet Goffin was not to be beaten and broke for a 5-3 lead before completing victory with a glorious backhand pass. In the next game, the Ukrainian was close to the back break but Goffin through the first flow gone from of problems and confidently finished the game in their favor. No mini-breaks were seen in the tie-break until the 11th point.

After that, both players hit the zone in their own games and the victor of the 1st set had to be picked in the tie break. The Belgian did exactly that - closing out the match in the ninth game. In the seventh game, leading 5:1 and having two breaks in stock, Dolgopolov was unable to apply for a set. The No. 5 seed then converted his first set point to force a decider.

Goffin adds the Shenzhen trophy to the two he won in 2014 in Metz, France and Kitzbuehel in Austria.

For the victory in the tournament ATP-250 Dolgopolov competed with the 12-th racket of the world by David Goffin. He also converted his only break point chance and gave no break opportunities to Dolgopolov. Alexandr Dolgopolov will be Goffin's rival in tomorrow's final, his 9th on the ATP Tour in a career and the first outside clay since Valencia 2012!

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