World No. 1 Novak Djokovic underlined the importance of claiming a tight first set after beating 23rd-ranked David Goffin 6-4 6-0 6-2. Djokovic struggled a bit at the beginning of the match as he saved two break points in the third game but couldn't do the same a few games later when Goffin earned the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead.
Goffin then appeared to be cruising towards a 5-3 lead as he won the first two points of the eighth game but the Serb refused to give up as he broke back the Belgian. Goffin's game fell apart after losing the eighth game as No.
1 seed Djokovic won 10 games in a row to open a 6-4 6-0 1-0. Goffin did manage to stop Djokovic's run when he served out the second game but that was all from the Belgian as the Serb dominated the rest of the match to seal a semifinal spot at The Championships.
"He started well. he was dictating the play from the baseline. Things could have gone a different way, who knows what the match would have looked like if I had lost the first set but I was very pleased with the second and third," Djokovic told BBC TV after his win.
"I had a tough match in the third round. Other than that, I've won in straight sets and played really well throughout the tournament. "It's exactly what I wanted and hopefully I can go in the right direction in the semis as well."