David Goffin will aim to win his first ATP title since 2017 as he takes on Roberto Bautista Agut in Sunday’s championship match from Montpellier. Goffin survived a tough test in Egor Gerasimov, ultimately prevailing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
“I started really well with the early break," said Goffin, in an on-court interview. "I was feeling good during the rallies, I was serving well… In the second set, he just continued [with his game]. I started to lose the timing a little bit [and went] for my shots a little too early.”
“I wasn’t patient… In the third, I [said to myself], ‘It is a semi-final. Third set. You just have to fight. Try to use your serve because it [has been] going well from the start. Stay there and you are going to have an opportunity.’ Finally, I had one, a really good one. I broke him at 3-3 and then, at the end, I focused on my serve. I am happy that I am in a final for the first time here.”
Goffin will carry a three match win streak against Bautista Agut, who dispatched Peter Gojowczyk 7-5, 6-1 in Saturday’s second semifinal.
Bublik survived Radu Albot 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Popyrin edged Marin Cilic in two tiebreak-sets, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).
In Cordoba, Argentina boasts three of the four semifinalists in Federico Coria, Facundo Bagnis and Juan Manuel Cerundolo, with Albert Ramos-Vinolas rounding out the final four.