David Goffin, winner of Hurkacz (ATP 12): "I have much more confidence in my qualities"

“It was a difficult game, especially after Madrid,” he told Belga after his victory. “The conditions were different, because at altitude, the ball goes more easily. Here, it’s much slower, the balls are heavier. Today, it was hard to finish the points, especially since Hubi (Editor’s note : the nickname of Hubert Hurkacz) is tall and slides well. He also serves very well. So we had to stay focused, which I did very well until 7-6, 5-3. And then a suddenly, I pass a little less first serves, he is a little more aggressive, I miss one or two forehands and we had to fight until the tie-break. Fortunately, I deliver a very good tie-break to conclude ” It’s a great victory for me. It may not be his favorite surface, but it makes me feel good. I continue on clay. I feel a lot better, I have a lot more confidence in my qualities and that’s the most important thing at the moment. And I continue in this tournament which smiles on me.”

David Goffin, who has already reached the quarter-finals in Rome three times, will already be back on the court this Wednesday for his second round. In the fourth match of the day, on court n°1, the Belgian n°1 will face the American Jenson Brooksby (ATP 38), 21, who beat the Italian Flavio Cobolli (ATP 150) 6-3, 6-4 ), recipient of an invitation.

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