David Goffin's coach explains how to beat Nadal, Djokovic, Thiem


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David Goffin's coach explains how to beat Nadal, Djokovic, Thiem

In an interview to Tennismash, David Goffin's coach Thomas Johansson commented on the Belgian player's attempt to make progress and improvements. Goffin achieved a career-high ranking at No. 7 after reaching the ATP Finals championship clash in 2017 but he dealt with an elbow injury for most of the last year's season.

Johansson believes that the best may be yet to come for Goffin. “We are working to try and make him a more offensive player. Because in today’s tennis, when you look at Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, and all the best guys in the world, you have to try to take the net a couple of times in a match because they’re so good from the baseline – it’s extremely tough to beat them from there.

The goal for me is to try to make him a little tougher as a player; more offensive, and aggressive, and not be afraid of taking the net, and play tough when the match is coming along", said the Swede. Johansson thinks that Goffin has chances to crack the top ten rankings again: “It will be tough but I think that because he has been in the top 10, he knows what he needs to do, and when I play this player I need to play like this.

(He is) aware of how freaking tough it is to break into the top 10 right now because the competition is so hard. I think it’s been 19 different (tournament) winners this year. It can’t have happened before. It also shows that there are opportunities to win even the big tournaments now, so he’s very hungry to come back into the top 10, and excited to practice hard and do everything he can to try to compete with the big guns again.

I would not be surprised if he’s back in the top 10. Time wise I can’t say (when). But I think he has a good chance."