Simon Goffin spoke from Melbourne about the form of his brother David, who had to give up on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the hard court tournament in Sydney against Andy Murray (ATP 135) due to new pain in his left knee.
Maarten DelvauxSource: BELGIAN
Today at 07:39
De Liege, who is the new coach of Elise Mertens (WTA 20), had reassuring news. David Goffin, the Belgian number one, will meet 31-year-old Briton Daniel Evans (ATP 26), the 24th seed, in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
“I’m not too worried because even though it’s the same knee, it’s not in the same place,” he told Belga on Saturday. “I’ve been in contact with him, because we’re in the same hotel (Crown, ed.), and it’s at the back. David has a minor sprain behind the knee. The only problem, of course, is the timing, so close to the start of the Australian Open. It’s not the same pain he’s been experiencing at the US Open for the past few months, though. I don’t think he can train today, but probably on Sunday. He doesn’t have to play until Tuesday, so that gives him another day. I think he will be ready to play against Evans.”
Simon Goffin is also confident that David will be back on top form after the physical problems he has been experiencing lately that have dropped him to 45th place in the ATP rankings. It is the first time since the 2014 US Open that he has not been a seed in a grand slam tournament.