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First-Time Winner Spotlight: David Goffin

Kitzbühel, Austria

Goffin© GEPA/Hans OsterauerDavid Goffin extended his win streak to 20 on Saturday, capturing his maiden ATP World Tour title in Kitzbühel.

David Goffin picked up where he left off in July, rallying past Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 for his first ATP World Tour title at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel on Saturday.

The Belgian wild card extended his win streak to 20 straight, after reeling off three consecutive ATP Challenger Tour titles in Scheveningen (d. Beck), Poznan (d. Rola) and Tampere (d. Nieminen).

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Goffin became the fifth first-time champion on the ATP World Tour this year, joining Federico Delbonis (Sao Paulo), Roberto Bautista Agut ('s-Hertogenbosch), Pablo Cuevas (Bastad) and Leonardo Mayer (Hamburg).

He spoke with after his victory.

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This was your first final. What was your approach going into the match against a player also playing in his first final?
It was my first final, but I had nothing to lose because Dominic was playing so well this week. I won 19 matches in a row before the final and I had a lot of confidence. I relaxed before the match because I had nothing to lose and I gave everything.

You won the title here as a wild card. Talk about spirits during the week.
I came here after (playing) three Challengers in a row, so I was a little bit tired, but physically I was feeling fit. I played match after match and played really well from the beginning of the tournament. In the end it was an amazing week.

You've now won 20 matches in a row. Can you talk about your recent success?
I can't believe it. 20 matches in a row is just amazing. One month ago, I was playing in my first Challenger just to get some more confidence and now I won three Challengers in a row and a title in Kitzbühel. It's just an amazing week.

You reached the Round of 16 on your debut at Roland Garros in 2012. How does this compare to winning the title here.
It's two different things. It was a great tournament at the French Open, but it's not a victory. I won the title here and I can't believe I have the trophy in my hands.

You are the fifth player born in the 1990s, joining Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov and Federico Delbonis, to win an ATP World Tour title. What do you think about those young players coming up?
I think it is a great generation. Of course those guys played unbelievable this year, like Grigor in Wimbledon recently. It's a great generation coming up and I'm sure we'll win more tournaments.

Your best results have come on clay. Is that your best surface? What are the best points of your game?
Of course I played really well on clay at the French Open [Roland Garros] and now this summer, but I can play on every surface. I prefer the hard court season, but I've been playing on clay since I was very young.

Who are the people who are the most important in helping you in your career?
I changed my coach (to Thierry Van Cleemput) and it worked. We did a great job. And of course my girlfriend. She's always there. After the match I called her and she was really happy.

Who were the players you admired when you were growing up?
Roger (Federer) and Pete Sampras. Lleyton Hewitt also. Those players were my idols because they're great fighters, great men on court and great off court. They are great champions.

What are your goals for the rest of the season?
I'm going to try to stay fit for the rest of the season. I have nothing to defend because I was injured, so I'm going to try to stay fit and play some great events at the end of the year. The indoor season is a period I like.

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