"It was a big battle", summarizes the Liegeois.My level of play was present, his too. It was a very high level match with very long rallies. It was a very, very tough match. There was no break until the end of the third set. You really had to stay in the game all along. It was a physical and mental fight. We should not bow to a player who was 10th in the world and who gives nothing".
David was able to count on an efficient service throughout the meeting. He slammed 17 aces, including two on the last two points of the game. "It helped me to have some free points. It's a weapon that worked well. This is a point that was a little better at home, although I had trouble breaking the breaker. "
Our compatriot had to wait for the 9th game of the 3rd set to get there. Led 5-3 and 40-15, he even saved two straight sets of balls before seizing the service of his opponent.
Serene, confident and safe again, Goffin seems to be slowly approaching the level reached at the end of 2017. "I think I play my best tennis at the moment. We will try to keep it going. But it's always hard to compare".
In a few days at the Masters, he had beaten Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and… Roger Federer, his next opponent.