In early June David Goffin unfortunately had to retire at Roland Garros serving for the first set against Zeballos. The Belgian was in great form going into the tournament and was tipped as an outsider but a horror fall rolling his ankle on the rain covers brought his tournament to an end.
Following this he missed 7-8 weeks of tennis including Wimbledon and struggled to find form but in New York and travelling with his Belgian team-mates for Davis Cup he found form. Shortly after he won back to back titles in Shenzhen and Beijing as he looked to grab a surprising place in London and despite not performing to how he’d like in Shanghai or Paris a good run in Basel sandwiched between those events all but secured his place in London.
Last year Goffin had a taster of London as an alternate with one match left and he got taught a lesson by Novak but he took everything on board and despite that injury gap in the season he has stepped it up.
We saw those wins against Roger and Rafa in London which were totally unexpected but in between those we saw what happened against Grigor and he got blown off the court and that begged the question whether he hit a brick wall and was tired but he responds and the look of relief when he won in London this week showed what it meant to him.
This was the best week of his career and it could get much better for him as the season isn’t over yet as he looks to guide Belgium to their first Davis Cup win but face a tricky side in France full of talent but who have not lifted the title in 16 years.