In Chengdu, Istomin won his first two matches in straight sets, then went the distance in his next two to get to the final. Baghdatis battled through three-setters all week, then in the final, he fell victim to back spasms and had to retire, giving Istomin the title.
While Istomin has had his fair share of ups and downs, Goffin, who won the title in Shenzhen, has been a model of consistency the past three seasons. However, since going 2-0 in his first career finals in 2014, the Belgian had been unable to finish a tournament as the last man standing.
From October 2014 to February of this year, he lost six straight finals—on hard, clay and grass courts. Over that period, though, he reached the fourth round or better at all of the Grand Slams at least once, and has played solidly at the Masters 1000 level, including a win over Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters this year to make the semifinals.