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Goffin tops Sousa for Metz title

Metz, France (SportsNetwork.com) - David Goffin of Belgium earned his second career ATP World Tour title Sunday with a straight-set victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa in the final of the Moselle Open.

The eighth-seeded Goffin needed just 74 minutes to post a 6-4, 6-3 win, continuing his strong second half of the 2014 season. He has now won 15 of his last 17 ATP Tour matches, and 34 of his last 36 overall, including three Challenger Tour titles.

After losing in the first round in eight of his first 10 ATP World Tour events of the season, Goffin captured the title in Kitzbuhel early last month for his first career ATP tournament victory, then reached the quarterfinals at Winston-Salem and fell in the third round at the U.S. Open prior to this week's championship run.

"Winning my second title feels just as good as the first one," said Goffin. "I'm very happy."

The 23-year-old started the year ranked 110th in the world and entered this week 45th. He is projected to enter the top-35 on Monday.

Goffin and Sousa met in the second round of the U.S. Open last month and the Belgian easily advanced with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 victory. On Sunday, it was more of the same.

An early break in each set gave Goffin the advantage, which he never relinquished. He saved all four break points he faced and won 81 percent of the points on his first serve.

"I had to play aggressively today, dictate the game," added Goffin. "The tactics worked out well and I served well. I was able to focus until the end."

Sousa fell to 1-2 in ATP finals. He won his only title last September in Kuala Lumpur and lost to Pablo Cuevas at the Bastad final in July.

Goffin picked up a first prize of $100,000.