David Goffin (ATP 10) is in the first round of the US Open against the Italian kwalificatiespeler Federico Gaio (ATP 241).Gaio assured on Friday of a place on the main table in the third and final preliminary round of the Argentine Marco Trungelliti (ATP 142) off with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). It is the first mutual duel between the 27-year-old Goffin, and the 26-year-old Gaio.
At profit plays Goffin against the American MacKenzie McDonald (ATP 79) or the Dutchman Robin Haase (ATP 48). The Liège is the only Belgian man on the main table in New York. Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 129) lost in the final qualifying round and must hope to be dredged up as a ‘lucky loser’.