"When he is playing at that level he is up there with the best in the world...He served unbelievably well today. He was moving great, hitting great. He was too good", Australia's Nick Kyrgios, had said of Belgium's David Goffin, his opponent at the Davis Cup semifinal - Belgium vs.
Australia on his style of play. Goffin was pure excellence and who would have thought it just a few months ago when he'd slipped and his foot landed underneath a tarp at the back of the Suzanne Lenglen court at Roland Garros.
"There will be consequences. The decisions will be to have a safer court, Thierry VanCleemput, Goffin's coach had emphasized after he was frightened about the June 2nd accident of his player. But luck was on his side and there were no broken bones or torn ligaments.
But unfortunately he missed The Queen's Court in London and Wimbledon, only to return to the courts at Umag, Croatia and had made it as far as the quarterfinals. Quite soon it was the Rogers Cup at Montreal, one of the tournaments of the hard court season leading up to the last grand slam of the year - The US Open at Flushing, New York.
Goffin's stance was only until the 2nd round at the Rogers Cup defeated by Hyeon Chung. The Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Goffin hadn't gotten his skills working well and he bailed out at the opening round losing to Nick Kyrgios, the third meeting loss with the Australian guy.
Everyone wants to do well at a grand slam and Goffin did climb to the 4th round, but the NextGen guy Andrey Rublev was on a massive attack and defeated Goffin in three straight sets of 5-7, 6-7, 3-6. Rublev was overjoyed and says that "This is amazing, because we used to joke about the second week...Now I'm here.
It feels good". But Goffin wouldn't be denied and he showed his utmost skills and talents when he played at Davis Cup in Brussels opposite the Australians. Steve Darcis, a Belgian teammate had a fabulous game with the Australian John Millman replacement Jordan Thompson.
Darcis played unbelievable to win in straight sets: 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Darcis was exhilarated saying "It's a big win for me and a big win for us". But Goffin's opposition was the Aussie Nick Kyrgios whohe had never defeated after three meetings.
The quiet Belgian was optimistic and had the emotional backing of the Belgian crowd and teammates. He saved seven break points keeping the score even before Kyrgios tore out and won he tiebreaker with a blasting serve of over 100 mph.
Goffin's play in the first set was good despite the result, but he uncurled all of his techniques and confidence onto the court as he shrugged off the 1st set loss to come back mnore powerful, playing smart strategies to frustrate Kyrgios and win the next 3 straight sets.
The second set was an excellent display of talents by both but Goffin had all the answers to the blasting game play of Kyrgios. If it wasn't the 'down-the-lines' causing the big Aussie mental havoc, it was the acute cross courts and passing shots was well as his serves were 'on point' with every twist and turn of the Belgian's racquet.
The 2nd and 3rd sets, Kyrgios had a mental meltdown as to what could have possibly happen to his game, as Gofin ran away with much of the points on superior play. He had never had a game so perfect as he was doing now. There was no trace of his injured foot taking place on the courts of Roland garros and he was on a roll, even his serve was precise, not missing its mark.
Goffin had an agenda at the Palais 12 arena and it must have been to win no matter what. Kyrgios had a strong game but Goffin's game plan was 'off the hook' and he gave Kyrgios a lesson he will never forget as Goffin defeated him 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, feeling accomplished and making up for those three loss meetings with the Aussie.
"I can always do better, but he was simply too good today", Kyrgios had admitted on Goffin's superb play that will bring Belgium on November 24-26 to play the Final with France on their home turf. .