Final Preview: Goffin Faces Mannarino

• The final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships on Sunday features unseeded Adrian Mannarino against No. 4 seed David Goffin, who has won both previous meetings, in 2012 Marseille and 2015 Basel. Mannarino is trying to become the first Frenchman to win the Tokyo title since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2009 while Goffin is attempting to become the first Belgian to win here.

• Goffin is appearing in the Tokyo final for the second straight year (l. to Kyrgios) and the 26-year-old Belgian comes in on an eight-match winning streak after earning his third career ATP World Tour title in Shenzhen last Sunday. Goffin has moved to No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Race to London standings and is 105 points ahead of Sam Querrey for the final spot. If he wins he will add 200 points and go past Pablo Carreno Busta into No. 8 in the Race (see chart). Goffin is playing in his fourth final this season (1-2) and the 10th ATP World Tour final in his career (3-6).

• Mannarino, who posted his biggest career win over No. 5 Marin Cilic in the semi-finals, is trying to capture his first ATP World Tour title. There have been seven first-time winners on the ATP World Tour this season. The last player to win his maiden ATP title in Tokyo was South African Wesley Moodie in 2005 (d. Ancic). He was also the last unseeded Tokyo champion. The last left-hander to win the Tokyo title was Rafael Nadal in 2010. This is Mannarino’s second ATP final of the season after a runner-up showing in Antalya, Turkey on July 1 (l. to Sugita). Mannarino is 0-3 in ATP World Tour finals and prior to this year he was a finalist in 2015 Auckland and Bogota. Mannarino posted his third Top 10 win of the season over Cilic and equaled his career-best wins total (28) in 2015.

• In the lone doubles championship, the Japanese wild card duo of Ben Mclachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama take on No. 2 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who are 3-2 in finals this season. The Japanese squad upset top seeds and US Open champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the quarter-finals en route to the final. This is Mclachlan’s first ATP World Tour main draw while Uchiyama came in with one ATP match win, in 2014 Tokyo. The last Japanese duo to win an ATP World Tour doubles title was Satoshi Iwabuchi and Takao Suzuki in 2005 Tokyo.