Goffin Awaits Mahut In 's-Hertogenbosch Final
The Belgian was on fire, striking nine aces, while claiming 91 per cent of first serve points. He staved off the lone break point faced and will next face Nicolas Mahut for the title.
"This week has been a very good week for me," said Goffin. "I'm really happy. It was tough to play my best tennis at the beginning of the week and today I'm really happy with how I played. It was not easy to adapt my body from the clay to grass, but I did well."
Mahut has found a second home in 's-Hertogenbosch. The 33-year-old Frenchman will look to add a second title in three years after rallying past home hope Robin Haase 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Mahut, who won three matches in qualifying to book his spot in the main draw, hoisted the trophy in 2013 as a qualifier (d. Wawrinka) as well. He awaits second seed David Goffin in the final. A five-time ATP World Tour finalist - all on grass - he is seeking to become the first player to win two titles as a qualifier since Senegal's Yahiya Doumbia triumphed in Lyon '88 and Bordeaux '95.
"It's great at the beginning of the main draw when you have three matches," said Mahut. "Then at the end there's a lot of tiredness, especially this year I played doubles too. So I really need to recover and have a very good night tonight.
"It was really difficult. He had a really good start, a very good first set, and I was feeling a little bit tired after the week. I just tried to keep myself in the second set and was waiting for an opportunity to break him and I had this chance.
"I think this is the best surface for my game. I feel really confident when I play on it. It¹s the fifth final - I lost two, I won two - so I hope this one will be 3-2 up."
Mahut needed two hours and five minutes to turn aside home favourite Haase, firing six aces and claiming 72 per cent of total service points. The Frenchman rebounded after dropping the opening set, denying the lone break point faced in sets two and three. He converted on two of eight break points himself.Goffin owns the lone FedEx ATP Head2Head battle, in Winston-Salem three years ago.