The inaugural ATP Cup will kick off on Friday, January 3, with 24 countries fighting for the title, massive prize money and ATP points. In Group C in Sydney, Belgium will face Great Britain, Bulgaria and Moldova, with David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov as the leading figures after the withdrawal of Andy Murray who will not play for Great Britain.
Goffin will finish the year in the top-25 for the sixth straight season, making solid progress through the list in the second part of the year and standing on the verge of the top-10 ahead of 2020. The Belgian couldn't find the form in the first five months, dropping out from the top-30 for the first time since 2014 and struggling to find his best tennis.
In the opening two months, David was the semi-finalist in Marseille, suffering an early exit at Indian Wells and another blow at Phoenix Challenger, losing to world no. 168! Besides the semi-final in Estoril, clay brought him almost nothing and it was enough to push Goffin out from the top-30 for the first time in nearly five years.
Things became much more encouraging in Halle and Wimbledon, losing the title match to Federer in Germany before reaching the last eight at the All England Club to find himself back in the top-20. In Cincinnati, the Belgian advanced into the first Masters 1000 final, losing to Daniil Medvedev and passing the first week at the US Open before Federer destroyed him in the fourth round.
The rest of the season was not that bright, reaching the semi-final in Tokyo as the only notable result and missing the opportunity to fight for the place at the ATP Finals. After the Davis Cup Finals, David is ready to embrace another team event, always delivering his best tennis when it is about teammates and the national jersey, hoping for a deep run and a chance to lead Belgium at least into the quarter-final.
Steve Darcis, Kimmer Coppejans, Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen will try to help David and earn some victories as well, having an excellent chance to pass the group stage if they produce some doubles triumphs. "For me, the ATP Cup is a nice opportunity to play more matches for your country.
It's something that I like; I always love to represent Belgium and to play for friends, for the team, for the country. It feels even better when we know how big the competition is, especially at the beginning of the season; it should bring a lot of entertaining matches in the early stages of the new year.
It is a perfect mixture of playing in the national jersey and chasing the ATP points that could propel you through the ranking lists. For all that, we will all try to give our best in every match and stay in contention for the title as long as possible."