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David Goffin and Elise Mertens come Friday night in action at the Australian Open: “It is difficult”

David Goffin and Elise Mertens will play Friday night (Belgian time) their match of the third round (sixteenth-finals) at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Goffin hits the Russian Daniil Medvedev from 12.30 pm local time (2h30 in Belgium) in the Melbourne Arena. The party of Mertens against the American Madison Keys state if third party (from 11am) programmed in the Margaret Court Arena, after a women and mannenmatch.

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Goffin against man-in-form: “It is a difficult match”

David Goffin (ATP 22) state Saturday in the third round of the Australian Open for a first real test. The Also play for a place in the last sixteen against the Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 19). Who did the past few months of speaking with profit in Winston Salem and Tokyo by the end of 2018 and a final in Brisbane two weeks ago.

“I don’t know him well, have not much with him in training,” explains Goffin. “But he has been since the middle of last year in form. He has a pack of matches won, toernooizeges achieved. This year he started very strong in Brisbane, with wins against Murray, Raonic and Tsonga, red). At this moment, he is better ranked than me. It will be a difficult match. But if I have a third good game in a row, can deliver, it is only but a bonus.”

Goffin never played previously against the 22-year-old Medvedev. Nevertheless’m the Belgian number 1 about which he can expect. “He hits pretty flat and has a good service. He is big, and even though he is far, he manages to always be in a good contact with the ball. He is solid and gives little away. I will have to attack, make him move. I don’t know exactly how I are physical capabilities assessment, but I feel already well. I’m going to try the line by pulling it and him to the extreme limits.”

“David must koppiger”

Coach, Thierry Van Cleemput believes that the Belgian number 1 has the means to Medvedev to beat. “Medvedev is very good to began the year. He is in the top twenty, is part of a generation with Tsitsipas, Coric, Chung, who what problems has had, and Shapovalov. It is a boy who had no conventional playing tennis. He hands on the ball, hits very flat. But David can make that kind of opponent. He has the resources for. But he will firmly on his legs to stand and resist the attacks.”

To take his place in the (sub)top of the mannentennis to anchor, Goffin, according to his coach this year, especially mentally take a step. “He should be more robust, koppiger, more constant. A good classification is math. You need points grab on the major events and the fire to the feat of the competition, which is still grown. The top 30 is very strong,” according to Van Cleemput. “David has a good preparation in the winter her. I’m not saying that he is here in Australia will be rewarded, but in the medium term, it will pay off.”

Medvedev itself gropes in the dark

Medvedev himself has already a lot of respect for Goffin. Already know the Russian also not good where he is Saturday, to can expect. “We have a few times together trained, dating back to the last time of a year and a half ago. David is an incredible player. He was already part of the top ten. He is very complete, and stores well, even though that’s not his main weapon,” says the Monaco residence Rus in almost flawless French. “To be honest, I have no idea in what form he currently is. He has two matches won, Copil defeated. I suppose this means that everything is going well. Just like against Harrison, I am going to try my game on them, to make sure I have the rally’s dictation.”

The 22-year-old Medvedev is part of a talented generation that the tennistop rushed into, with, among others, his compatriot Karen Khachanov (ATP 11), the Croatian Borna Coric (ATP 12) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 15). “In the past months, I’ve made a lot of progress,” he says. “Especially physically, and tennistiek. Against Harrison (in the second round, red) I made my seven direct errors. When I made the transition from the juniors made, I thought it would run loose, that the talent is the difference it could make. I have dues paid. Now I am a prof.”

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Program of Saturday:

(first matches start at 11am local time, 1am in Belgium)

. Rod Laver Arena

Shoot Fighting Zhang (Chn) – Elina Svitolina (M/6)

(not for 3h)

Dayana Yastremska (M) – Serena Williams (Usa/16)

(not before 4.30 pm)

Novak Djokovic (Ser/1) Denis Shapovalov (Can/25)

(not before 9am)

Alexander Zverev (Ger/4) – Alex Bolt (Aus)

Camila Giorgi (Ita/27) – Karolina Pliskova (Ch/7)

. Margaret Court Arena

Naomi Osaka (Jap/4) – Su-wei Hsieh (Twn/28)

(2h30)

Joao Sousa (Por) – Kei Nishikori (Jap/8)

Elise Mertens (BEL/12) – Madison Keys (Usa/17)

(not before 9am)

Simona Halep (Roe/1) – Venus Williams (VSt)

Lucas Pouille (Fra/28) – Alexei Popyrin (Aus)

. Melbourne Arena

(not for 2h30, after the match in Legends doubles)

David Goffin (BEL/21) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus/15)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Milos Raonic (Can/16)

(not before 9am)

Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) – Garbine Muguruza (Spa/18)

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