David Goffin (ATP 14) has qualified well on Wednesday for the second round (eighth finals) of the ATP tournament in the Dutch Rotterdam (hard / 980,580 euros).
Goffin, the sixth seed, defeated German Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 37) in two sets in the first round: 6-4 and 6-0. The match, in which Goffin mainly came under steam in the second set, lasted 1 hour and 3 minutes. In the next round, Belgium’s best tennis player awaits the French qualifier Jeremy Chardy (ATP 64), who eliminated his fellow countryman Ugo Humbert (ATP 31) in the first round.
The 30-year-old from Liège won his fifth ATP title in Montpellier last weekend, after winning in the final against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Goffin finally returned to success, after very changeable months and recently a failed Australian tour with a quick exit at the Australian Open. Goffin’s previous title already dated from the Japan Open in Tokyo in October 2017. That same month he also won the tournament in Shenzhen, China. In 2014, the native of Liège opened his honors roll with titles in the Austrian Kitzbühel and the French Metz.
Exit Zverev en Medvedev
Alexander Zverev (ATP 7) was immediately eliminated in Rotterdam in the first round. The 23-year-old German, the third seed, lost against Kazach Alexander Bublik (ATP 43) in two sets: 7-5 and 6-3. The game took 1 hour and 19 minutes. Bublik meets American Tommy Paul (ATP 56) in the second round.
The tournament is also over in the Netherlands for first seed Daniil Medvedev, who lost the final to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. The Russian went down in the first round after 1 hour and 36 minutes against Serbian Dusan Lajovic (ATP 27) in two sets: 7-6 (7/4) and 6-4. Lajovic looks the Croat Borna Coric (ATP 26) in the eye in the next round.