Top-ranked Belgian tennis player David Goffin won't be making his ninth Wimbledon appearance this year as he has withdrawn from The Championships. Goffin, ranked at No. 13 in the world, kicked off his grass season this week in Halle.
Unfortunately for Goffin, he was forced to retire the match to Corentin Moutet after the second set. Prior to Halle, Goffin suffered a straight-set defeat in the French Open first round. "I think this is the proof that I have the level.
Sometimes when I am not focussed and not playing really good, of course my level is not like today. For sure I am playing better when I'm without pressure because today, I was playing really relaxed," Lorenzo Musetti said after demolishing Goffin at Roland Garros.
"Of course, it was not easy to win even if I was relaxed. When you play against the [No.]13 in the world, it's not the same thing [like] playing [someone] worse than you [in] the rankings that you must [beat]."
Goffin blamed a poor start for the Musetti loss
"I was a little bit under pressure when I was serving for the match. He was always returning from the baseline really close to the line. He was giving me a lot of pressure," Musetti said.
"I just stayed calm and tried to think at each point, like the last one. I tried to [not] speak, [not] talk. It worked. I am happy about that." Musetti ended up winning 6-0 7-5 7-6 (3). "I think the match started too late on my side.
And then of course when you start too late and you have an opportunity and you just have one, if you don't take it, then it's too late," Goffin said. "Then he finished it really well in the tie-break. But I think at the end, he was just solid.
He played high, he served well, played higher with some spin and waiting for the mistake or the opportunity just to go for his shot."