Tennis: Wins comes in bunches as David Goffin takes the Japan Open title

David Goffin during the men's singles final match during the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on Oct 8, 2017.
David Goffin during the men's singles final match during the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on Oct 8, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Fourth-seeded Belgian David Goffin beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 in the Japan Open final in Tokyo on Sunday (Oct 8) to win his second title in as many weeks and his first ATP 500 trophy.

Goffin, who lost to Nick Kyrgios in last year's final, extended his winning streak to nine matches to rise to world No. 8 in the Race to London rankings, boosting his chances of playing in the season-ending tournament.

The 26-year-old was dominant from the start and broke Mannarino to take a 3-1 lead in the opener and maintained the one-break advantage to claim the set, winning 21 of 25 points on his own serve.

World No. 31 Mannarino rallied in the second and broke Goffin to take a 4-2 lead, but the in-form Goffin responded by breaking his opponent immediately and once more in the 11th game as he charged to victory.

The win in Tokyo was Goffin's fourth career title and second of the season after his ATP 250 Shenzhen Open triumph last Sunday.

He will next travel to China to play in the Shanghai Masters.