The Australian Open ended for David Goffin in the second round. No quarter-final against Roger Federer, let alone dream of a semi final or even grand slam-profit. We have all too much expected of him?
Tennis player David Goffin made an impression on the end of the season 2017. He popped the top ten of the world inside and got a place at the Masters, the tournament with the best eight players of the world …
Tennis player David Goffin made an impression on the end of the season 2017. He popped the top ten of the world inside and got a place at the Masters, the tournament with the best eight players of the world. Therein he won the first of the (admittedly injured) Rafael Nadal, in the semi-finals of the tournament, also of the Swiss Roger Federer. The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov took him in the finals of a stunt.
The expectations were in Belgium is high for the new tennis season. Starting with the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the season. Nothing could Goffin – 27 years ‘yet’ – stop, was the. Right to the quarter-final against again Roger Federer, but that he had already beaten. The semi-final and who knows a grandslamzege.
And then we are this morning waking up with a shutdown against the Frenchman Julien Benneteau, the number 59 in the world ranking. A letdown. We have all too much to expect from Goffin, or is this an ‘accident de parcours’? “The second,” says Johan Van Herck, the coach of the Belgian Daviscupteam. “We should not make the mistake to say now that everything from last year is gone.’
Goffin crackled under the heat, we read. But it is for both players, yet just as warm?
Johan Van Herck: “That’s right, but in the past have shown that Goffin has difficulties with extreme heat. In addition, Benneteau, a player that is not him. You need to look further than the rankingcijfers.’
Many people have over looked when the draw. It was straight to the quarterfinals against Federer looked. Everything that went before, and seemed randfenomenen.
‘Goffin had an extremely tough draw. He had Benneteau, after Fabio Fognini (no. 27 on the world rankings) and in the eighth-finals, the Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro (twelfth in the ranking). Only after that would be Federer.”
What me again to the question: we lift him on the horse?
‘Goffin still has the qualities of last year. Let’s go through this one defeat, not everything is throw away and here drastic conclusions to connect. David is in a development process, let them quietly follow. The story of Goffin is a positive story, a story in which progression.”
In recent interviews he said that he is satisfied could be if he at the end of the tennisjaar 2018, for example, twelve would be on the world ranking. If he but arranged the top fire to the shins.
“That is at his feet. The Goffin equally about their development process than to the results. We must reality is also not the way to go. There is a number of players injured or returning from injury, such as Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic. Within the top ten of the world, therefore, is not self-evident. Let David himself but tennismatig develop and at the end of the season and look at where he stands.’
You know him well, how will he cope?
“It seems to me obvious that he is disappointed, he is more of the tournament had expected. But that is inherent to a top-level athlete, right? I am sure that he is well capable of dealing with it, and this loss a correct place can give.’