David Goffin shines again on clay and fights past eleventh seed Hubert Hurkacz to second round in Rome

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David Goffin has qualified for the second round (sixteenth finals) on Tuesday at the ATP tournament in the Italian capital Rome (gravel / 5,415,410 euros).

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Goffin defeated Polish eleventh seed Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 12) in the first round in two hard fought sets: 7-6 (10/8) and 7-6 (7/2). The match lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes. Goffin and Hurkacz never met on the ATP circuit before.

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In the next round awaits the American Jenson Brooksby (ATP 38), who opened with a win in two sets (6-3 and 6-4) against the Italian wildcard Flavio Cobolli (ATP 150). Goffin has never met 21-year-old Brooksby before.

The 31-year-old from Liège in April, with the overall victory in Marrakech, flushed through a long series of very difficult months, in which he broke few pots and fell further and further in the ATP ranking. Last week, Goffin provided a strong stunt against Rafael Nadal in the eighth finals in Madrid. In Rome, Belgium’s number 1 had in principle to play qualifications, but after a few cancellations that was no longer necessary.

Goffin: “I have a lot of confidence in my qualities”

David Goffin (ATP 48) was satisfied on Tuesday after his qualification for the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 clay tournament in Rome. “It was a difficult game, especially after Madrid,” Belgium’s number 1 said after his victory. “The circumstances were different, because at height the ball takes off more easily. Here it is much slower, the balls are heavier. Today it was difficult to finish the points, especially since Hubi is big and slides well. He also serves very well. So I had to stay focused, which I did very well until 7-6, 5-3. And then all of a sudden I had a few lesser first shots, he was a bit more aggressive, I missed one or two forehands and I had to fight into the tiebreak. Luckily I played a very good tiebreak to finish.”

“This is a big win for me. Maybe it’s not his favorite surface, but this does me good. I feel much better, I have a lot more confidence in my qualities and that’s the most important thing at the moment. And I will continue in this tournament, which smiles at me.”

On Wednesday, the American Jenson Brooksby (ATP 38), who opened with a win in two sets (6-3 and 6-4) against the Italian wildcard Flavio Cobolli (ATP 150). Goffin has never met 21-year-old Brooksby before.

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