Gof­fin faces Kyr­gios in the Ja­pan Open fi­nal

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David Gof­fin booked his place in the fi­nal of the Ja­pan Open with a 7-5, 6-4 vic­tory over fourth­seeded Marin Cilic yes­ter­day.

The fifth-seeded Gof­fin plays Nick Kyr­gios in to­day’s fi­nal, af­ter the Aus­tralian de­feated sec­ond­seeded Gael Mon­fils 6-4, 6-4.

Tor­ren­tial rain forced both matches to be played un­der the Cen­ter Court roof.

Gof­fin trailed 5-3 in the first set be­fore win­ning the next four games in the third vic­tory this year against his Croa­t­ian op­po­nent.

In March, Gof­fin beat Cilic in a Davis Cup tie, and then at In­dian Wells.

“He won an ATP Masters 1000 event this year, and I’ve beaten him three times,” said Gof­fin, who has never won an ATP 500 event such as the Ja­pan Open. His two ca­reer ti­tles have been at the ATP 250 level.

“This year I have proved I have a high level. Maybe one day, maybe to­mor­row, I can win a tour­na­ment like this.”

Cilic’s serve, nor­mally a re­li­able part of his game, mis­fired reg­u­larly.

“Even with that, I had a lot of good op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially on short balls,” Cilic said.

“He’s al­ways try­ing to push you and you feel you have less time than you do. If you give him short balls, he’s quick to get an ad­van­tage.”

Sixth-seeded Kyr­gios made the de­ci­sive break in the sev­enth game of both sets in a crowd-pleas­ing match against Mon­fils.

“It was very en­ter­tain­ing. The crowd loved it and I had a lot of fun,” said Kyr­gios, who gri­maced at the fans when­ever Mon­fils found an un­likely win­ner.

“He’s prob­a­bly the only one who can play those shots. He’s an un­be­liev­able en­ter­tainer and ath­lete, and the one guy I look up to on tour. I’d pay to watch him play.”

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