What does David Goffin need to get back to winning a title? The Belgian played a good season despite he wasn't able to win a title. The final in Cincinnati lost to Daniil Medvedev is the highest moment of his year: Goffin played his first final in an ATP Masters 1000, losing after a hard-fought match.
The final in Halle lost to Roger Federer, the semi-final in Marseille, the semi-final in Estoril, the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, the fourth round at the US Open and the semifinal in Tokyo are the highlights of his season.
A good season, overall positive, made of very good placements, also in the ATP ranking, considering that Goffin closed the year at the 11th position. The Belgian, however, has been unable to win a title since October 2017.
After more than two years, the 29-year-old is trying to come back to victory and, despite some physical problems, he has also had good chances. His immense class, however, is sometimes not supported by a powerful physique like that of other top-players.
From the mental point of view, Goffin is a tough player, but sometimes emotionality had a negative effect on his performances. Tactically he is a wise player, although sometimes pressure management is not optimal. Nevertheless, his year was positive and it must be the basis for his 2020.
Considering that his 2018 was a bad year between injuries and bad performances, now David can again look to the future with optimism. His main goal must be clear, above all to him: to come back to win an ATP title. Opportunities will not be lacking, although rivals will be ready to fight on every point.
I continue to call ridiculous the situation which sees a talented tennis player like Goffin with only four career ATP titles won.