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David Goffin gives up injured in match against Andy Murray: “I’m not worried”

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David Goffin has given up injured in his quarterfinals of the Sydney tennis tournament against Briton Andy Murray. At the end of the first set, our compatriot gave up with a knee pain. A serious setback a few days from the start of the Australian Open, although Goffin remains hopeful. “The doctor and physiotherapists were not particularly concerned,” he said.

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Goffin, who was able to win two consecutive games in a row in Sydney this week for the first time since April last year in Monte Carlo, underwent the law of the strongest (6-2) in the first set against Murray. Before the start of the second set, Belgium’s best tennis player gave up with knee pain, a problem that arose the day before. It is hoped that Goffin pulled the emergency brake in time, because the Australian Open starts next week.

“At the end of my party the day before (6-2, 6-3 win against Denis Kudla, ed.), I suddenly felt a pain in my knee that was bothering me a bit,” Goffin explained. “For a moment, a game or two, it was a bit of a weird feeling. I had never felt this pain before. Because it was warm, I was able to finish my race without any problems. But when it cooled down, during the night, I felt a new pain. And this morning it was a little swollen and fluid on the inside of the knee. So I went to the physiotherapists before the competition for treatment. However, during the race I felt a certain fear in myself, because I have been having problems with my knee for a while. There was no point in going on like this. If you don’t dare to throw yourself completely, if you don’t dare to run, it is impossible to play. It’s in your head.”

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David Goffin could not say immediately after the game against Murray what exactly was bothering him. The Belgian number 1 did not seem too concerned about the Australian Open, which starts next Monday in Melbourne.

“It’s the same knee I’ve had before, but it doesn’t feel the same,” he continued. “I hope it’s just a wrong move I made in my match against Kudla. After I gave up on Murray I went to the doctor and the physiotherapists and it didn’t look too bad. At least they weren’t particularly concerned. So I’m not too concerned at this point. Now I’m going to have more tests. And afterwards we will know more about the treatments that need to be performed.”

During the draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, Goffin faced the 24th seed, Briton Daniel Evans (ATP 26).

The 31-year-old Goffin wants to return to success this year, after an extremely changeable 2021. The Belgian number 1 ended his season at the end of August after he lost to American Mackenzie McDonald in the first round at the US Open. Then a knee injury threw a spanner in the works. (Belgian)

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