Goffin Clinching His Third Title & Peya/Ram Winning Doubles Crown
2017.10.02
    On the National Day, finals of 2017 Shenzhen Open were played in Longgang Sports Center between seeded players.

    Doubles final was held in center court at 3pm between top-seeded Croatian and American combination of Nikola.Mektic/Nicholas Monroe and 2nd seed Austrian/American pair Alexander Peya and Rajeev Ram. The 28-year-old Mektic was the men’s doubles semifinalist in 2017 Wimbledon Championships, and his partner Monroe, at the age of 35, reached the men’s doubles final eight in 2017 U.S. Open as his best record in Grand Slam events. The 37-year-old Peya was the men’s doubles runner-up in 2013 U.S. Open, and his partner Ram reached men’s doubles semifinals in Grand Slam twice.


    Peya/Ram finally claimed the title by defeating Mektic/Monroe 6-3/6-2 in 77 minutes. The 2nd-seeded pair saved all the 10 break points in their service games and converted 3 of 5 breaking points, with 1st serve points won as high as 79%, 17 percents higher than their rivals’.


    This first trophy of the combination of Peya/Ram brings them $36,125 of prize money. It is the 15th men’s doubles title of Peya, ending his trophy drought of almost two years. It is also the 14th title of Ram in ATP World Tour, as well as his 4th doubles title in this season.


    Mens’ singles final started at 5:30pm, between 2nd-seeded Belgian famous player David Goffin and 5th-seeded Ukrainian player Alexandr Dolgopolov. As current World No.12, the 26-year-old Goffin has entered 8 finals in ATP World Tour before, being the champion twice and runner-up six times. The last time he clinched a singles title was in 2014 Moselle Open. Ranked No.53 in the world, the 28-year-old Dolgopolov also entered 8 finals in ATP World Tour before, being the champion three times and runner-up five times. The most recent title came in the Argentina Open this year.


    The two players has met twice before with Dolgopolov prevailing on both occasions. In their third clash today, Goffin broke in the 7th game and took the first set 6-4. The second set was more dramatic. Dolgopolov took a lot of confidence from holding the first game after saving 5 break points, and took a 5-1 lead. But Goffin didn’t give up, pushing the set to tie-break, during which, Dolgopolov scored the final two points at 5-5. In the decisive set, the two both held at first, while Goffin broke and held at 4-3, sealing the victory 6-3.


    In the 123-minute match, Goffin served 15 aces, without any double fault, while Dolgopolov served 10 aces, with 3 double faults. The Belgian’s 1st serve percentage was 65%, 10 percents higher than his rival. His 1st serve points won was 79%, also 10 percents higher than Dolgopolov. Goffin converted 4 of 9 break points, and Dolgopolov converted 2 of 4. As to total points won, Goffin held the lead 95-83.


    In 2017 Shenzhen Open, Goffin had a bye through to the second round, knocked out Evgeny Donskoy 2-0 and Donald Young by the same score in the following two matches, and beat Henri Laaksonen 2-1 in the semifinal and Dolgopolov 2-1 in the final, claiming the third title in his career. He is also the third men’s singles champion in the 4-year history of the Shenzhen Open, following Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych.


    This title in Shenzhen not only brings Goffin $118,910 of prize money and 250 points, but also ends his 3-year trophy drought. His World Ranking will move up one place to No.11. For now Goffin is sitting in 13th place in the race to the ATP Finals in London with 2285 points, only 310 points less than the No.8 Pablo Carreno Busta. There is still great hope for him to be qualified. On the other side, the runner-up Dolgopolov’s World Ranking also moved up 9 places to No.44.