With David Goffin and Elise Mertens during the night the last two Belgian pros killed in action at the Australian Open. Goffin was no chance to wriggle out against the Russian Medvedev, Mertens had opportunity after opportunity in the first set against the American Keys and was then full.
Goffin (ATP 22) was in Melbourne in the third round off by the Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 19), our compatriot lost in 3 sets: 2-6, 6-7 (3/7) 3-6. The match lasted 2 hours and 3 minutes. It was the first time that Goffin (28) and Medvedev (22) against each other images.
Medvedev was one of the revelations of last season. He then won the tournaments of Sydney, Winston-Salem and Tokyo. The Muscovite last year reached the third round of Wimbledon and the US Open. This time he gets, so, certainly the eighth-finals in Melbourne, where he will play against the winner of the match between Serb Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) and Canadian Denis Shapovalov (ATP 27).
Goffin: “I am happy that I have no more pain in my arm I”
“I’m bad at the match started, by my storage to deliver” was Goffin. “The track was also slower than that of two days ago. From the beginning it was very difficult. There were a lot of rallies. He plays with planes succeed and balls which are very low remained. So it was not easy to put him under pressure to convert. There was a small possibility at the end of the second set, who for a change could provide, because you know not, or he would physically have persevered. But he served well and played a very good tie-break.”
“I had never against Medved played, and it was difficult to find solutions in the rallies. I had the feeling that I’m always full for had to go and it was difficult for him to hurt because he is big, far from the baseline, plays, and balls are excellent back. He served better than me. I have almost no free points from my storage, what I did would have helped. He is also mentally very strong remained. I knew it was going to be difficult, but not to the extent.”
“I am happy that I have no more pain in my arm. That is a very positive thing. We now continue to work and still only about tennis, and not about physical issues. I have here two good games played. I’d like another one to add, and I have everything done, but he was just stronger.”
“I will not be on the Davis Cup encounter in Brazil to participate. It’s been a while that I think about it and it becomes too difficult. I go back to Belgium and my next appointments will be the ATP tournaments in Montpellier, Rotterdam and Marseille.”
Also Mertens crashed
A few hours later it vanished with Elise Mertens also the last Belgian of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. Last year, Mertens at the Australian Open still the semi-final, this time it was the third round of the terminus. Mertens showed in the first set against American Madison Keys seven chances on a break , and then went all the way cup-in the second set: it was 6-3 and 6-2 in just 1 hour and 13 minutes.
In the eighth finals wait for Keys, that in 2017 the final of the US Open and lost, a duel with the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (WTA 7). The sixth seed was in her third round in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 7-5) too strong for the Chinese shoot fighting Zhang (WTA 42).
“It was a tough day, but I’ve given everything. I loss with 6-3 and 6-2, but that is not a good reflection of the match, I think,” said a disappointed Elise Mertens after her party. “All the games in the first set were very close. It was often 40-40. She has very greatly served, and it was difficult to her the breaken. It is me, but on the seventh occasion succeeded (at the beginning of the second set, ed.). It was just hard to get points to win. My strokes were also not a good way of my racket and I have too little pressure can exert.”
“I am now a bit sad”
Mertens saved the praise for her American opponent. “I think Madison Keys is currently very strong, better than during the US Open. They played very well, few mistakes made. She was very aggressive on the returns, on the third ball. They hit winners from all sides and has given me the opportunity not given my game to exercise. The second set began to falter. I thought ‘now push’, but it didn’t work. I’ve tried to save a little bit more to spin, to slice, but they had all the answers.”
“I am now a bit sad. I had wanted to win. The balance is still positive. I am here with a different status, arrived, which perhaps in the beginning of the trip what stress brought with it, but I think that I have a reasonably good am dealt. Quarter-final in Sydney to be played, and here third round, although I like had to go, but it is at least not first, first, first round. It might have been (laughs). I’m sure that competition to rethink and see what I can do better.”
“We need Monday against the first seed (the Czech duo Krejcikova-Siniakova, ed.). So, it will be no easy task. But everything is possible in tennis. We believe, in any case, in both. It is also very fine with Aryna play itself. It is someone who, for each point, and I also have much to learn.”
By the departure of Mertens and Goffin, there is no Belgian is present on one of the hoofdtoernooien. For the juniors there is, however, a half-Belgian at the start: the 14-year-old Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, which is also the Australian nationality and lives there, will take it tomorrow (Sunday) in the first round against the Polish Stefania Rogozinska Dzik (17).