Glory for Goffin in Kitzbuhel

  • Last Updated: August 2 2014, 18:06 BST

In-form Belgian David Goffin claimed his first ATP World Tour title after battling back from a set down to beat fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the final of the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbuhel.

David Goffin: Victory in Kitzbuhel
David Goffin: Victory in Kitzbuhel

The 23-year-old wild card counted top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber among his victims as he progressed through to the title match but his run looked to end in defeat as he lost the first set to home hope Thiem.

However, Goffin stormed back to take the second set with two breaks of serve before another pair of breaks in the decider saw the world number 78 win 4-6 6-1 6-3 to lift his maiden crown at this level.

The victory continues a stunning run of success from Goffin that has now seen him win 20 consecutive matches, having won three ATP Challenger Tour tournaments in July, triumphing in Scheveningen, Poznan and Tampere.

Goffin, who is the first Belgian winner on the ATP Tour since Xavier Malisse seven years ago, said on www.atpworldtour.com: "It's a great day for me, to win an ATP 250. It's just an amazing feeling right now. I don't believe it. Maybe in a few days I'll realise what happened today."

The 20-year-old Thiem had been looking to become the first Austrian winner in Kitzbuhel since Thomas Muster in 1993.

Thiem said: "Of course I'm very disappointed. But I lost against an extremely strong opponent, who didn't commit a lot of mistakes and played with a lot power. It was an amazing week for me and the crowd gave me huge support during every match."