David Goffin (ATP 22) wants to Thursday the gates of the third round of open beech at the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the season.
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The person from liege, who in the opening round raft the measure took of the Chileen Christian Garin (ATP 86), then in Melbourne on Court N. 7 against Marius Copil (ATP 61). The 28-year-old Romanian could never shine in a grand slam tournament and thus seems to be a feasible option, but left in the autumn of last year in the Swiss Basel suddenly a final record, after victories against Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev.
“Copil is a powerful player,” says Goffin to tell. “With his service he can be devastating out, that is his main weapon. In his game he also has a lot of variation, with slices, and a good backhand. He plays aggressive and I will try to put pressure. I will be so solid and focused, you need to play to get a result.”
Goffin prepares themselves for the duel, the second between the two players after Goffin in 2016 in Antwerp already agree with 5-7, 6-1 and 6-3 at the longest end pulled. Wednesday afternoons he trained for an hour with the Russian Evgueni Donskoy (ATP 95) in the National Tennis Center. “Since a few days I feel that my level is rising, do not panic. For me that is the proof that we the last weeks have worked. The hardest thing is however, that level transfer to a match. In the opening round, it was all good, and it is now for that to continue.”
Copil has Goffin by and by
Copil has Goffin all of the juniors and that may be to the advantage of the Romanian’s play. “My tactic I won’t explain,” said Copil. “But it is clear that I must try to convert. As I have already top players over and over. David is an intelligent and nice guy. It will also be an exciting competition.”
The sturdy Romanian (1m93 and 87kg) is in Melbourne from the first round with a victory in three sets (6-3 and 6-4) against the Spaniard Marcel Granollers (ATP 110) in the bag. “That victory has given me virtue, because I had in Doha and Auckland every time in the first round lost. Besides, I could do it in three sets to finish and so I don’t have too much energy. It is clear that the quick jobs here an advantage for me”, concluded the Romanian.