You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Goffin beats Cilic to reach Tokyo final

dpadpa 8/10/2016

David Goffin is into the final of the Japan Open tennis tournament, in which he will play either Australia's Nick Kyrgios or Frenchman Gael Monfils.

David Goffin turned the tables on Marin Cilic after going down an early break as the Belgian reached the final of the Japan Open tennis tournament on Saturday with a 7-5 6-4 win.

The fifth-seeded winner kept up the chase for a possible spot in next month's eight-man World Tour Finals in London, strengthening his position on provisional 11th.

Should the Belgian take the title on Sunday against the winner from second seed Gael Monfils and Australian showman Nick Kyrgios, he could move up to ninth in the points race with next week's Shanghai Masters to come.

Goffin struck back after going down a first-set break against Croatian Cilic, who will lead his nation in the Davis Cup final against Argentina in Zagreb in November.

After trailing 3-5, Goffin immediately broke back and eventually claimed the set after almost an hour. The second set went faster as Goffin advanced after just more than 90 minutes on court.

The win polished Goffin's record over Cilic to 3-0 after defeating the Croatian this season at Indian Wells and in a Davis Cup rubber in March.

Goffin will be playing in his first final of the season as he beat Cilic, who was bidding for his fourth final of 2016.

After a sunny, warm week, rain on Saturday forced the closure of the Ariake Colosseum roof.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon