In an interview as quoted by ATP David Goffin's coach Thomas Johansson recalled David Goffin's four-set loss to Rafael Nadal earlier this year in the French Open. Johansson said: “It’s probably the toughest challenge you can have on tour to play Rafa at Roland Garros.
Philippe Chatrier is probably his best court. I played well, played a really good set in the third. He was too strong in the end but that gave me a lot of confidence to continue on grass”. On Goffin's game, Johansson added: "Players like David are not going to overpower the big guys, but he can beat them by playing quickly and playing smartly.
That’s what we try to achieve now. He also probably has the quickest legs on the Tour. So when you don’t have the height you have to compensate in some way. For David, it’s with his court coverage and playing quickly, playing fast”.
Goffin spoke about how it feels to have successes without being too tall and big: "It’s tough, but we still have some spots [in pro tennis] for small guys. When you’re young you might not be ready to deal with the frustration of playing the big guys and dealing with their power.
But we move better, we see the ball earlier, we can play faster. That’s why you see smaller guys able to compete. We use the power of our opponent”.