David Goffin (ATP 14) was unable to qualify for the quarter finals of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam (Dutch) on Thursday (hard / 980,580 euros).
Goffin, the sixth seed, lost in the second round (eighth finals) to French qualifier Jeremy Chardy (ATP 64) after two hard-fought sets: 7-6 (7/3) and 7-6 (7/5). The game lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes.
In the quarter-finals, the experienced Frenchman awaits the Russian fourth seed Andrey Rublev (ATP 8), who eliminated Brit Andy Murray (ATP 123) in the second round in 7-5 and 6-2.
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 got back on track with 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 list with titles in the Austrian Kitzbühel and the French Metz.
Goffin does not despair: “Do not think this defeat will leave traces”
“It was not an easy game for me,” said Goffin. “Jeremy has been hitting the balls all year round and then it is difficult to play tennis against him. In the first set I was able to serve for a win (at 6-5, ed.), But he saved that point well. I couldn’t make a difference in the tiebreak. I fought for it but he deserved to win. ”
Will this second round loss again erode Goffin’s confidence? “I have a positive feeling about this week”, Belgium’s number 1 retorted. “I achieved a nice victory in Montpellier and recovered after the tournaments in Australia. I don’t think this defeat will leave any marks. I now have a few days to recover and train for the tournament in Doha. ”