After dealing with injuries, David Goffin is trying to get back to work in the top-20. David lost in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters, and will face a tough opponent in the first round in Belgrade, playing against Filip Krajinovic.
Discussing his fondest memories of the Masters 1000, Goffin mentioned his "Sunshine Double" streak in 2016, when he reached the semi-finals in both events. Milos Raonic eliminated him in three sets in the desert, and David faced World No.
1 Novak Djokovic in Miami. The Belgian gave his best, but it was not enough for at least one set. The Serbian advanced to his third straight Miami title match after a 7-6, 6-4 triumph in two hours and five minutes. It was a clash under blazing Florida sun and high humidity, not the conditions Novak likes best.
Still, he survived all the challenges to advance to an 11th straight Masters 1000 final. Djokovic was not in his best moment, with physical problems after numerous prolonged exchanges. The Belgian had the right tactics, staying aggressive and not letting Novak dominate the points at his usual pace.
Djokovic had to struggle from the start, facing three break points in the first game. He saved them for an essential serve, and they settled into a good rhythm behind the serve in the next couple of games. Goffin faced service problems in the sixth game, the longest of the clash.
He hung on after six deuces and two break points saved, playing brave and balanced tennis to stay on the positive side.
Rusedski reflects on Nole Djokovic
Despite Novak Djokovic's indifferent start to 2022, Greg Rusedski feels the World No.
1 will not be found wanting at Roland Garros this summer. Rusedski, a former top-10 player, believes Djokovic needs to get a few wins under his belt to be fully ready for his Roland Garros title defense. In an interview with Eurosport, the Brit said: "How he wins doesn't matter.
He just needs to win games, even if it's ugly. You don't lose class. You miss the liveliness of matches, but winning becomes a habit. He must get back on the bandwagon. Whether it's next week or the week after, but he will be ready to defend his title at Roland Garros."
Ahead of his Belgrade opener, the Serb spoke about the importance of match practice, especially on a surface like clay. "I was not ready for the tournament in Monte Carlo, and I knew that before the tournament started.
However, I need match practice, and this is the surface (clay) that requires a lot of time spent during training sessions, and even more during matches. I hope to play more matches in Belgrade than in Monte Carlo."