David Goffin presented one of the surprises in the first round of the Australian Open. The Belgian, the 13th seed, came out in 5 sets against local substitute Alexei Boberin. He hated, “I was almost done, but I couldn’t. That’s tough.”
Goffin was warned in advance, but after 3 hours and 43 minutes, the board said 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (6/8), 6-3. Along the way, the 30-year-old Belgian shot down 4 match balls against the 21-year-old local champ.
“I am very disappointed, especially given the course of the match,” Goffin mourned. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It was a race that I had to win to boost my confidence.”
“It wasn’t very smooth, but I kept fighting. I was almost done, but it didn’t work out. This is tennis. The game can turn out quickly. In the end, I even had spasms. It’s tough like that. It’s out of the tournament.”
Guven had every chance in the fourth set. First he got two match balls on his own 5-4 and 40-15. 2 new match balls followed in the tiebreak. In addition, he also led 2-0 in Group 5. Goffin realized: “I always had to win.”
“There are those matches that run away from you. I also don’t know why. I got a double foul in the first match ball, because I want to be so aggressive. In the tiebreak, I miss a return to the second ball.”
“With the crowd at his side, Bubrin felt he could still come back. But that was not an excuse. I don’t know if it was bad luck or a lack of focus on my part. Bobbrin didn’t give up in the final stages. Things like today could happen. this is life.”
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“Don’t be too passive, in close-up training.”
Goffin leaves Australia with two defeats. Last week, he also lost his opening match to 17-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the Readiness Championship. “I can’t be so negative now,” Goffin continued.
“The level is in training. It wasn’t the case a few months ago. I feel close to my top in training. If I could win today, I might have started.”
Goffin now has plenty of time to prepare for the ATP 250 tournament in Montpellier, and possibly his next assignment in the competition, which starts on February 22nd. He can also wait for a week longer and shows again in Rotterdam.
“I will try to improve myself during the next training period,” Goffin concluded. “I will talk to Germain (his coach Jijon) about what the next weeks will look like.”
“There is more tension in my game than usual. Things went less smoothly today. When I get pressured against it, I have less confidence in my service.”
“Obviously I would have preferred to win more this year, but I also remember the victories in Turkey. My training was good. And let’s hope that I can show this little by little in the competitions. I’m sure if I can play enough matches and find my best “.
Obviously, I would have preferred to win more this year, but I also remember the victories in Turkey.
Jijonon: “I see an evolution, but the results don’t follow.”
Juvene’s new coach, German Jijonon, was also disappointed after the speedy elimination of Liege. “It was a hundred percent confidence,” he said. “Training is getting better every day, but nothing can replace victory.”
David started with good intentions: In the first set I saw Joffin, who I also see in training. But then he started imposing a lot. He wants to do well and turn his good sense during training into a match. The pressure then thinks a lot and starts to doubt.
Goffin feels pressure, thinks a lot and begins to doubt
According to Jigeon, there are also reasons to stay positive. “We are trying to do different things than they were in 2020. The defeat in the pre-season helped David as well: I saw in the first set that he had learned lessons from her.”
“If Goffin finishes one of his balls in the game, we might say he responded well to the tough second set. Unfortunately, one point makes the difference today. I’m still confident: I want to see more of Joffen in the first set. I see. Evolution, but the results are not.” Track after Goffin has to play another match as soon as possible to end up in a positive spiral.