Kooyong Classic: David Goffin losses six games to Bernard Tomic, Jerzy Janowicz collects second win
Tennis: Goffin has booked his place in the final of the tournament on Friday, where he'll be meeting Ivo Karlovic.
Belgian tennis player David Goffin defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia in a two-set battle at the Priceline Pharmacy Classic in Kooyong.
The 26-year-old lost just six games on his way to beating the Australian 6-2 6-4. It took an under an hour for the match to be concluded.
Goffin will square off against Ivo Karlovic in the final of Kooyong on Friday. He made it all the way at the event last year.
''It was a good match, the conditions were fast and windy so I was really happy with how I managed the match,'' Goffin said after the match.
''It’s nice to be back in Kooyong and I’m happy to win this one.''
Kooyong, a suburb of Melbourne, seems to be an ideal place to prepare for the Australian Open -- which is held at Melbourne Park.
''Yeah I played well last year and this tournament is perfect preparation for the Aussie Open so it’s really nice to have a couple of matches here on the same surface,'' the defending champion added.
Tomic, who will play one more match in Kooyong, is keen to make the most out of it.
''I have another match here Friday so I’m going to use this as much as I can because I have to be ready for Monday,'' he said.
Jerzy Janowicz of Poland beat Yoshihito Nishioka in a tight two-setter 7-6 (4) 7-6 (3).
The Polish tennis player defeated Tommy Haas on the opening day of the event and now sits at 2-0 overall.
''Yeah I’m feeling alright, I need matches, I need to play some more matches to get the confidence back,'' Janowicz acknowledged.
Mikhail Youzhny as well collected a win on Wednesday as Andrew Whittington was forced to retire the match after eight games played 4-4.
Youzhny now has a 1-0 record, while the Australian will finish his campaign with zero wins and two losses at the Australian exhibition.
The 23-year-old Whittington rolled his ankle during the clash and looked to be discomforted thereafter.
''Look he (the physio) said he wasn’t too worried, which is a good sign – I know when I fell over I did go over it a little bit but kind of saved it as well by rolling,'' revealed Whittington, who is preparing to play the Australian Open main draw for the first time in his career.
''But I think for the young kid it’s better to pull out now and be ready for the Australian Open, it would be a risk on a twisted ankle now and could be a big injury,'' Youzhny opinioned.
In the women's part, Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium defeated Qiang Wang in straight-sets. The world number 59 lost seven games throughout the match against the Chinese 6-3 6-4.
David Goffin (BEL) d. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Yoshihiton Nishioka (JPN) 7-6 (4) 7-6 (3)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) d. Andrew Whittington (AUS) 4-4 *RET
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Qiang Wang (CHN) 6-3 6*4.