Former world No. 7 Davud Goffin said staying mentally in the match was the key in his thriller win over Frances Tiafoe. On Sunday, Goffin edged out Tiafoe 7-6 (3) 5-7 5-7 6-4 7-5 after just over four and a half hours of play.
“It was an amazing battle, I had to stay mentally in the match the whole time,” Goffin said after the win, per the ATP website. “Just after the match point, I was mentally dead, because I had to stay fresh all the time to keep my serve, to fight to come back after losing the third set.
It was a tough one. It was an amazing atmosphere on this court, another epic match against Frances, so I’m very happy to be in the quarter-finals again”.
Goffin edged out Tiafoe in a thriller
After losing the third set, Goffin opened a comfortable 5-1 lead in the fourth set.
Just when it seemed the fourth set was over, Tiafoe claimed back-to-back breaks and cut the deficit to 5-4. Goffin failed to twice serve out for the fourth set but then broke Tiafoe in the 10th game - when the American was serving to stay in the fourth set.
In the fifth set, no break points were seen until the 11th game - when Goffin saved two consecutive break points to take a 6-5 lead. After saving two consecutive break points, Goffin broke Tiafoe in the 12th game - when the American was serving to stay in the match.
“It means so much,” said Goffin. “For me, last year was a very tough year with some injuries. Some tough moments on the court, but this year I came back stronger. I fought a lot to come back at my best level.
I didn’t play a match since 2019 here at The Championships, so to come back this year to compete again well on that surface that I love, [at] this tournament that I love, and win four matches again, it is just incredible”. Goffin plays Cameron Norrie in the Wimbledon quarterfinal.