Who knows what could have happened if the umpire Cedric Mourier did not make the big mistake he did on 3-2 in the first set, when he judged a Rafael Nadal's forehand IN despite it was clearly out. David Goffin was the player influenced by it, as he admitted in press conference: 'When started the match against Rafa, I knew that I had to be hundred percent focus on what I have to do.
I had to be hundred percent in my match mentally, and physically also hundred percent. All of a sudden you have a mistake like the chair umpire did, it's really tough. After that physically, you know, you feel like it's 4-2, you're sure it's 4-2.
You show the mark and everything. He just shows me something, I don't know what. But he just show me something on the court. He said, I don't know. I saw on his face that he was completely not nervous, but he wasn't sure.
But he has -- for his-self, he has to stay on what he show. He cannot change. You feel like, Okay, I'm in the set. I know I need to hold my serve, to start again the game. Physically it was tough and mentally also. I was hundred percent.
When you have a mistake like this, you have to give more energy again to come back in the game and to win the game. It was maybe too much because I was already hundred percent before.' Asked if he asked for explanations afterwards, Goffin replied: 'I don't know what to do.
I don't know what I must do. Should I fight? I have nothing against the umpire. He's a very nice guy. But he makes mistakes. I don't know what to do about it. I can try to complain, but this is not my usual attitude now that the match is behind me.
I have to think about the future. Of course, he could recognize his error. I suppose on the Hawkeye, everybody saw it. But if we have to put Hawkeye on clay, I don't know then where we are going.' 'I'm sure Rafa knew it was out', Rafa added.
'I just don't know what happened to him. Rafa has nothing to do with this. He knows his forehand was heavy and long and deep. But he was on the other side of the court. He couldn't do anything about it. Rafa is one of the most fair players on the tour.
He was just playing his match. I have nothing against him.' He takes what's positive from this week: 'It was a beautiful tournament. I gave it my all. I'm very satisfied with what I achieved, faced against the best players in the world on a surface that I like.
It's only positive. I have to keep working in that direction. I think I improved this week. I know now I can have high ambitions. We'll see what happens.'