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Goffin through the eye of the needle at number 129 in Barcelona

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David Goffin is with the shock released in his first match at the ATP tournament in Barcelona. On the gravel of the Catalan capital, began our compatriot (ATP-10) is almost in the more than a hundred places lower ranked home player Marcel Granollers (ATP-129). Goffin was 6-4 and 5-1 behind, worked a matchbal away and finally won with 6-4, 6-7, 2-6.

Thanks to its status as the fourth seed was David Goffin in his first round in Barcelona. In the second round waited wildcard Marcel Granollers. A paper a routineklus: the 32-year-old Granollers is number 129 in the world ranking, whose glory days in singles are already a few years behind the back.

But Granollers is a home player, born in Barcelona and feels the best on clay (dubbelfinale at Roland Garros in 2014). Moreover, Goffin two years ago on the graveltoernooi of Monaco already lost to Granollers. At 1-1 in the first set, grabbed the Spaniard immediately the first breakbal that he has on the storage of Goffin decorated. It turned out to be a crucial break because at 5-4 if Granollers itself the set of serving. The fifth setbal turned out to be the good.

A mental tap for Goffin, the second set dramatically began with new serviceverslies. The Also served unusually weak (54% initial storage, not a single ace in the first two sets) and his opponent hit just about every ball well.When Goffin in a 1-4-deficit again his own storage was forced to concede seemed to have the match decided. But also with the back against the wall remained Goffin calm, and he succeeded in to the match to tip. By more dominant and less says it all, unforced errors, to make he brought Granolles at the bernabeu. Of 5-1 behind went Goffin to 6-5. Along the way he saved also a matchbal. Granolles could accost to 6-6, but was in the end no match for Goffin that is entirely under steam was come: 7-2. The Spaniard blasted out of frustration, his racket broke against the gravel.

Goffin took advantage immediately of the mental dip at his opponent and forced in the beginning of the third set a new break. A blow that Granolles more than would come. At 5-2 if Goffin serving for the match. The first matchbal was good.

In the eighth-finals awaits the winner of the duel between the Argentinian Leonardo Mayer (ATP-45) and the Russian Karen Khachanov (ATP-37). Last week was Goffin in the tournament of Monaco is still disabled in the quarter finals by Grigor Dimitrov (ATP-5). In Barcelona, he can the Bulgarian only encounter in the final. But then Goffin in the semi-possible, even over Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

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