David Goffin (ATP 14) has started his clay-court season well. The Lige resident won against Croatian Marin Cilic (ATP 43) in the first round of the Masters 1,000 tournament in Monte Carlo (Gravel / 2,082,960 Euros) on Sunday. After two hours and twelve minutes of tennis, it was 6-4, 3-6 and 6-0. Goffin missed nine out of ten break points in the second set.
It was the ninth game between 30-year-old Goffin and 32-year-old Cilic, former US Open winner (2014). The score is now 5-4 for Goffin. Belgium’s best tennis players will take on the qualifiers in the second round. Who it will be is not yet known.
“It was a good win. Starting on clay like this builds my confidence,” said Goffin, who is seeded 11th in Monte Carlo. “Marin is not a player you can walk on. I had to pull out all the stops. The third set went well. I’m glad things are progressing.”
“The level is really high in men’s tennis,” Goffin continued. “The youngsters who come for the beep have a lot of potential and those who have been there for some time are also playing very well. Every match is tough, especially in the Masters 1,000 tournament, which has a large selection of players. I now mainly want to proceed on the chosen path and do everything possible to raise the level of my game.
Goffin will face the winner of the game between Italian Marco Cecinato (ATP-93), semifinalist at Roland-Garros in 2018 and German Dominic Köfer (ATP-54) on Tuesday or Wednesday. If he wants to go far, he will have to deal with top players like Alexander Zverev (ATP-6) and Novak Djokovic (ATP-1).
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