Tennis: David Goffin wins the Marrakech tournament
With his triumph at the Grand Prix Hassan II, the ATP 250 tournament in Morocco, the Belgian tennis player is gaining confidence at the start of the clay-court season and has rejoined the world's top 50.
The last few months had been difficult for the best Belgian men's tennis player to date. He had been lacking rhythm and confidence, managing to win only six matches on the ATP circuit since the beginning of 2022.
David Goffin reassured himself of his potential on the Moroccan clay court. In the final, the Liège-based player came up against Alex Molčan (ATP 65) from Slovakia, who had beaten him in the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne a few months earlier, and took his revenge.
Although he lost the first set, the Belgian number 1, who was playing the 15th final of his career, was able to raise his level of play in the second and third sets to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the end of a 1 hour 58 minute battle.
This victory at the Grand Prix Hassan II sees David Goffin win his first tournament on the major circuit since he took the title in Montpellier last year. This is only his second title on clay after his first ever win in Kitzbühel in 2014.
The Belgian has now reached the milestone of 300 singles victories on the professional circuit and has won his sixth personal trophy after Kitzbühel (2014), Metz (2014), Shenzhen (2017), Tokyo (2017) and Montpellier (2021).
The icing on the cake is that David Goffin is back in the world's top 50 at the start of the clay court season, which will culminate at Roland-Garros at the end of May.