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Mertens makes his debut for the general public, Goffin does what it should do at Australian Open

David Goffin (ATP 7), the seventh seed, at the Australian Open in Melbourne for the second round. The 27-year-old Also was Tuesday in four sets, the better of the German kwalificatiespeler Matthias Bachinger (ATP 182). After 2 hours and 37 minutes was the final score 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4 on the scoreboard.

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In the next round, the Frenchman Julien Benneteau (ATP 59) Goffin to wait. The 36-year-old had on Tuesday also, four sets against the Japanese Taro Daniel (ATP 96): 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-1.

With Goffin at the men now two compatriots in the second round hit. Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 117) won Monday in the first round already a stuntzege out of the fire against Frenchman and eighteenth seed Lucas Pouille (ATP 18). In the second round, takes the Observer on the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP 61).

“It is never easy to start against a qualifier, because that is already a few matches in the legs,” said Goffin. “In the beginning I was not in my rhythm, but I did not panic. I knew that it would get better, and from the second set, I better start saving. My level rose, and Bachinger got harder and harder. It was my first official match of the year and I’m happy that I can start with a victory.”

Goffin hits in the second round, the 36-year-old Frenchman Julien Benneteau (ATP 59). “It promises to be a difficult match,” predicts Belgium’s best player. “But at a grand slam are not simple parties on the agenda. The weather will also be very difficult to play tennis, with very high temperatures. That is going to have an impact. Benneteau has a good tournament in Bercy older now, and played in the first round strong against the Japanese Taro Daniel. But I can have him beat, such as at the US Open.”

Coach warns

“I expected a difficult match against Bachinger”, stated Van Cleemput. “David was in the first set do not adjust to the game of his opponent, but was afterwards better in the contest. Then I saw a different and better tennis, with more depth and where an idea was behind it.”

Goffin hits in the second round Julien Benneteau (ATP 59). Wants the person from liege on his momentum from the end of 2017 to continue, he may not be surprised by the 36-year-old Frenchman. Van Cleemput, however, be wary. “The match against Benneteau is according to me a valstrikwedstrijd. He has the good form to bite and play with a lot of confidence. For David, it is in order to raise the level, and started to grow to his best tennis. The weather conditions, with very high temperatures, will also play a role. But that is to be there at the Australian Open once.”

Elise Mertens makes his debut in Rod Laver Arena

Elise Mertens (WTA 37) takes the Wednesday in the second round of the Australian Open against thuisspeelster Daria Gavrilova (WTA 23). The match is scheduled in the Rod Laver Arena, Centre Court of Melbourne Park. “A great experience, but court 20 was fine too”, responded the Limburg.

“I like to be in large stadiums to play tennis, but a different court would not be a problem have formed,” said Mertens. “I am particularly pleased to be here in Melbourne for the first time in action in the singles. I look back at my match of the first round and find that my form is good, despite the fatigue.”

Gavrilova and Mertens looked at each other two weeks ago in the eyes at the Hopman Cup. Our compatriot attracted to the longest end. “I know her pretty well”, gave Mertens. “She has a solid right, but lose mentally sometimes the grip. I look to myself and go into the match with confidence. Or Gavrilova as thuisspeelster an advantage? There will be probably more supporters than at the Hopman Cup in Perth, but that poses no problem. With the Fed Cup team in Russia, we played under similar circumstances, and that has me not disturbed. And even though there are only a few Belgian fans, I pull me on to their support.”

Australian Gavrilova expected a “difficult and exciting” match against Mertens

Daria Gavrilova (WTA 23) is the opponent of Elise Mertens (WTA 37) Wednesday in the second round of the Australian Open. The 23-year-old of Russian descent from Melbourne won its first game Monday night against the 27-year-old Irinia Falconi (WTA 131) from the USA with a 6-1 and 6-1 in barely an hour.

“I am satisfied,” said Gavrilova. “The first rounds are always a little exciting. I think that I am good at deal with the circumstances. I was sufficiently aggressive and played relaxed. I was not afraid to go to the net. That is something which I in the off-season to have done. It is important to continue to hone your game and I think that worked well.”

The little blonde complained, however, that members of her entourage in the middle of the match to the toilet went. “That has me a little off my game, but I suspect that they had no choice,” she said with a wink.

Gavrilova know that on Wednesday an emergency will have all the possible support to take revenge against Elise Mertens. Mertens is the Australian. In the Hopman Cup in the city of 22 years, all of her. And on the WTA-tournament of Hobart extended Mertens Saturday her title.

“I haven’t lost against her in Perth,” said Gavrilova. The Hopman Cup is not an official tournament and that loss “has not”. “But I lost a very exciting match against her last year at Roland Garros. It is a tough game. She plays good tennis in Australia and I think she has confidence after her title in Hobart has extended. There is not really a favorite, and I think that is it very exciting it will be.”

Bemelmans steams ready

Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 117) will for the first time in his career, the places for the third round at the Australian Open. The 30-year-old Limburger over the 25-year-old Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP 61), his opponent in the second round. “I do not see myself as the favorite, but can win the match,” said Bemelmans the day before the party.

Bemelmans made Monday impression with a stuntzege in the first round against the Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 18). “I am very satisfied with my qualification for the second round,” said ‘Bemel’. “My win against Pouille shows that my work during the winter has paid off. I have worked mainly on the physical plane, and also go along with a Dutch specialist to my movements on the court to improve. I knew that I to such a performance was able, and hope I this year will constantly perform.”

With Basilashvili gets Bemelmans an opponent for the choose that he had never in the eyes. “I start as a human right”, concluded the Limburger. “If kwalificatiespeler do I need logically to the bucket against better classified players. But I consider myself definitely not outgunned. I have became more mature, feel that I’m in shape and go better to with important wedstrijdmomenten. I will be there from the first to the last point, but my belief in my chances.”

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