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Goffin ends final hoodoo to take Shenzhen title

After losing six finals in a row, David Goffin claimed his first title since 2014 with victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov in Shenzhen.

01 Oct 2017, 19:10 IST
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David Goffin in action on the ATP World Tour

David Goffin ended a lengthy losing run in finals by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets to win the Shenzhen Open.

The second seed in Shenzhen, Goffin had been beaten in six successive championship deciders since claiming his most recent ATP World Tour title at the Moselle Open in September 2014.

However, the Belgian triumphed 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 on Sunday, boosting his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

A solitary break gave Goffin the opening set, before a dramatic second that saw Dolgopolov, seeded fifth, charge into a 5-1 lead only to then lose four games in succession.

Dolgopolov showed impressive character to nevertheless win the subsequent tie-break and force a decider.

Yet Goffin was not to be beaten and broke for a 5-3 lead before completing victory with a glorious backhand pass.

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