An unexpected final with no Frenchmen is scheduled to close out the Moselle Open in Metz on Sunday afternoon, as Belgian youngster David Goffin and Joao Sousa meet for the second time on the professional tour. Their first meeting came just a few short weeks ago in the second round of the US Open, where Goffin was successful in straight sets.
The 23-year-old Goffin continues to take the tour by storm. Following his remarkable summer that included two consecutive Challenger titles and his maiden title on the ATP World Tour (bet-at-home Cup in Kitzbuhel) to give him a 25-match winning streak during that portion of the season. His streak would end in the quarter-final round at Winston-Salem, where he lost to Jerzy Janowicz.
The Belgian athlete picked up a big upset in Metz when he took out top seed and hometown hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-final round and he followed up with a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the semi-finals to put him at 33 out of 35 match wins since July.
Goffin will meet sixth seed Joao Soua in the tournament final. Sousa upset 2009 champion Gael Monfils in the semi-final round, 7-6(6), 6-2 to earn the victory in 88 minutes. Sousa played a patient and controlled game, where he saved 8 of 9 break points to secure the win.
Both competitors are chasing their second title on the ATP World Tour. Sousa won his maiden title last September in Kuala Lumpur, while Goffin won his two months ago. While Sousa is the higher ranked player, this should be a contest (indoor, hard court) that favours Goffin.
Prediction: David Goffin in Three Sets