David Goffin: 'Winning a Masters 1000 on clay? Rafael Nadal takes it all'


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David Goffin: 'Winning a Masters 1000 on clay? Rafael Nadal takes it all'

David Goffin got closer to winning his maiden Masters 1000 title as he reached the Cincinnati final. The Belgian player was asked if he would have been surprised to win his maiden 1000 on hard than on clay. "I think I can play some good tennis on every surface.

I made some results everywhere, on grass, hard, indoor, outdoor, clay. You know, it's tough to have something on the clay, because Rafael Nadal is already there (smiling). And here I had a chance, but if you have a chance and you take it, with my game it could be anywhere, yeah," said Goffin.

Goffin was asked what he is most proud with triumphing in Cincinnati: "I think it didn't start well, so what I'm proud of this week is the way I fought to come back to my best level because it was not easy after Montreal to come here.

I was not feeling great. And then was tough first round against Fritz, second round against Pella. And then match after the match I worked a lot to start to feel the ball, to be more aggressive, more confident. And in the end, I played well.

Semis and the final I played well. It was -- yeah, the key was to fight." Goffin added: "It was an opportunity. I took it the whole week, to be in the final already. It was another one. I fought until the end. I have no regrets.

But Daniil, it was just a few points that made the difference. He was more confident and he had more wins under the belt than me, so that made the difference. I have no regrets even if it was a good opportunity."