For the second time in his career, Nicolas Mahut won the Topshelf Open following a straight sets win against David Goffin on Sunday afternoon.
Mahut, who won the title in 2013, defeated the Belgian talent 7-6(1), 6-1 in a match that lasted a total of one hour and 17 minutes. The match was a competitive for the entirety of the opening set, as both remained dominant on serve before Mahut was able to secure the set following a tiebreak.
“Yesterday I was feeling really tired, but my physio did a great job to get me ready for today’s match,” offered Mahut. “It was a very tense first set, but after one-all [Goffin] was missing some shots and I felt more and more confident [in the second set].”
Following the tough set, Goffin was simply unable to maintain his offense for the remainder of the encounter.
“It was really tough to lose the first set,” admitted the Belgian, who confessed to not feeling one-hundred percent on the court. “I had trouble with my neck today, so it was tough to serve and to return the ball when the pace was fast.”
Mahut has now won three titles throughout his professional career, all of which he secured on grass.
“I think I played better here this year than two years ago,” remarked Mahut. “From the first round I was hitting the ball really well.”