David Goffin tests positive, skipping St. Petersburg but feeling fine



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David Goffin tests positive, skipping St. Petersburg but feeling fine

Following the Major action at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour resumes with three tournaments next week in St. Petersburg, Cologne and Sardinia. While the latter two are new editions in the post-coronavirus ATP calendar, the established one in St.

Petersburg should bring the strongest field, with its category rising to the ATP 500 level for the first time. Daniil Medvedev should lead the draw ahead of the Roland Garros semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas (who will most likely withdraw), Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.

David Goffin will not compete at this year's edition, announcing on Wednesday he tested positive for the coronavirus, withdrawing from the tournament and hoping to be ready for Antwerp. The Belgian feels no symptoms, embracing the quarantine and looking eager to continue his season as soon as possible.

World no. 13 scored three wins at the ATP Cup, including the one over Rafael Nadal. David reached the semi-final in Montpellier before the coronavirus halted the season for five months, advancing into the fourth round at the US Open and suffering early losses in Rome and Paris.

At Roland Garros, Jannik Sinner toppled David Goffin 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and 59 minutes. Competing under a closed roof of Court Philippe-Chatrier, the Italia fired 23 winners and 27 unforced errors, taking a tight opener and drawing more than 40 errors from the Belgian to advance into the second round.

Dominating in both the shortest and most extended exchanges, Sinner converted seven out of 11 break chances, suffering two breaks and crossing the finish line in style. After three easy holds at the beginning of the clash, the rivals traded four breaks to stay neck and neck, with Goffin fending off a break chance in game eight with a volley winner to level the score at 4-4 and remain in contention.

David Goffin tested positive for the coronavirus and will skip St. Petersburg.

Serving at 5-6, the Belgian opened a 40-15 gap, dropping the next four points to hand the set to Jannik after 53 minutes. The young Italian fended off three break chances at the beginning of the second set, delivering three straight breaks (four if we count the first set) to provide a bagel after a loose backhand from David in the sixth game, moving closer to the finish line and gathering boost ahead of set number three.

Serving at 84%, Sinner dropped five points behind the initial shot in the last part of the match, landing a backhand down the line winner to grab a break in game two and keeping it until the end. Jannik finished the job with two winners at 5-3, making a perfect Roland Garros debut and sending Goffin packing.