The 30-year-old got off to a poor start against Spaniard Bautista Agut in Sunday’s match at Court Patrice Dominguez when he lost a tight opening set to the top seed.
“It’s never easy to win tournaments. This is my fifth and every tournament I’ve won was special,” Goffin, only the third non-Frenchman to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 event, said in an on-court interview.
Tomas Berdych (2012) and Alexander Zverev (2017) are the others who have won the tournament in which Frenchmen have prevailed in eight of the previous 10 editions.
“I had some opportunities... matches where I had zero chance to win the final. Sometimes you take it, sometimes not... you need to continue, you need to improve your game, you need to fight... I’m happy it paid off,” Goffin said.
“A final is always different. You have to just go for it... I’m really happy at the end because it was a tough moment. I had tough weeks last season. I’m happy that I’m back with a level like this.”