Goffin captures Japan Open
(TSX / STATS) -- David Goffin made it two titles in two weeks by cruising to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Adrian Mannarino in Sunday's championship match of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.
The fourth-seeded Goffin needed just 84 minutes to dispose of the unseeded Frenchman. The Belgian now boasts four career ATP titles after winning the Shenzhen Open last week and the follow-up in Tokyo.
"It's a really special trophy for me, as I won the tournament last week and now have again today," Goffin said afterward. "It's a special feeling at a tournament I like. I have a lot of happy memories in Tokyo. It's difficult to describe my feelings.
"It's important for me to stay fresh physically and mentally with potentially the (Nitto) ATP Finals ahead and then playing for Belgium in the Davis Cup final. I am ready to fight and I want to keep winning."
Goffin lost in the 2016 title match in Tokyo to Nick Kyrgios and he made sure there wouldn't be a runner-up finish this time. He broke Mannarino to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set and lost just four of 25 service points in the first set.
Mannarino held a 4-2 lead in the second set before Goffin again broke Mannarino and carried the momentum to complete the victory -- his ninth in a row.
The victory currently pushes Goffin into the No. 8 and final spot for next month's ATP Finals in London. He passed Pablo Carreno Busta with Sunday's win.
Mannarino dropped to 0-4 in ATP finals, one day after stunning top-seeded Marin Cilic in the semifinals. But he didn't have enough to make it two consecutive upsets.
"David played really well," said Mannarino, who dropped to 0-3 against Goffin. "He broke me once in the first set, but he played three or four winners in a row, so it's wasn't easy. I got the break in the second set, but couldn't hold my serve.
"The quality of the game was really good, but I wasn't good enough compared to him. I've had a pretty good season, definitely my best so far."
Updated October 8, 2017