“That Defeat Was Hard For Me”: David Goffin Reveals The Match He Wants Play Again at French Open

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Belgium's David Goffin returns to US' Frances Tiafoe during their men's singles match on day five of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Court Simonne-Mathieu in Paris on May 26, 2022. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Belgium’s David Goffin returns to US’ Frances Tiafoe during their men’s singles match on day five of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Court Simonne-Mathieu in Paris on May 26, 2022. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Belgian stalwart David Goffin is playing decent tennis after recovering from a knee injury. In particular, the former World No.7 captured a singles title in the Marrakech ATP250 event in Morocco last month. And he returned to the top 50 on the ATP ranking table in the second week of May.

However, Goffin is swinging his racket in Roland Garros at the moment. Therein, he will face the 12-seed Polish Hubert Hurkacz for a pre-quarterfinal spot. Meanwhile, David Goffin disclosed the two unforgettable matches that he would like to play again in an interview in Paris.

First and foremost, the Belgian wishes to play French Open 2016 quarterfinal again. In that, he fell to Austrian Dominic Thiem in the four sets(6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 1-6). 

“I think it would be the quarterfinals of Roland Garros with Dominic Thiem (2016). I won the first set and had the set ball in the second,” Goffin said. (Quotes Have Translated Into English Via Google Translator)

Further, he added, “I got a drop shot, and he played a pass or a lob, I can’t remember… If I had scored that point, I would have led 2-0, and I think he would have fallen completely since he didn’t like to play against me.” 

“After that, it started to rain, the field became muddy and I couldn’t make a single winner after that… That defeat was hard for me, it would be my first slam semifinal, I would do it again”, the six-time ATP Tour-level title winner expressed.

In the second place, David Goffin fancy playing the 2017 ATP Finals Championship match one more time. In that match, he lost to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the three sets(5-7, 6-4, 3-6).

Before reaching the winner decider encounter in the O2 arena, London, Belgian stunned the World No.1 Rafael Nadal in a group stage match and World No.2 Roger Federer in the semifinal. 

Consequently, Goffin became the sixth player to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the same event. Prior to David, Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Martin Del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Nalbandian did the same.

Goffin continued, “Besides, maybe I would play the finals of the ATP final tournament in 2017 again when I had two break points to take a 2-0 lead against Dimitrov in the third set. However, he was better in the end.”

David Goffin Speaks About His Goals For Rest of  His Career

Moreover, 31-year old David Goffin is still far from hanging the racket on the wall. Nevertheless, the current World No.48 from Liege divulged his ambition for his remaining days on the ATP Tour.

The first Belgian top ten tennis player admitted, “I do not have anything specific. I want to climb the list again, I think I have the quality for that, especially when I play as well as I can. I can be more. Above all, I want to stay healthy and play for a few good years.” 

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 29: David Goffin of Belgium looks on in a training session during Day Two of Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on April 29, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 29: David Goffin of Belgium looks on in a training session during Day Two of Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on April 29, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

“I always believe in myself, that’s why I continue to play, to bring myself the opportunity to play in big stadiums with the best players. I still dream of something big, I hope that there will be beautiful emotions in the coming years”, Goffin additionally explained.

Last but not least, David Goffin recently marked his 300th ATP Tour-level win after defeating Pablo Andujar in Marrakech.

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