In an interview, David Goffin's coach Thomas Johansson spoke about the Belgian player losing to Roger Federer at the US Open and Shanghai Masters and to Novak Djokovic in Tokyo. Johansson said: "We were not very lucky in losing thrice in a row to those tennis legends.
But at the same time, you have to beat them time after time to make the next step. Having said it, David faced Novak Djokovic in Tokyo and Roger Federer in Shanghai and I think he is getting closer. He just needs to face them more often to find a solution to beat them, they are so strong.
Playing the Grand Slam semifinals would be amazing for David. While for them, it's just a normal day at work. We have to play more against them, in the biggest tournaments, so that David gets used to it. But he is getting closer."
Asked what's the main goal before the year ends, Johansson replied: "Ending up on the top ten and I think we are in a good position to do it. Playing the ATP Finals again would be a bonus, the icing on the cake."
On his relationship with Goffin, Johansson concluded: "Working with him is a pleasure. Besides being a very nice guy, he is very professional, a working beast, anything he does. He is also a very funny person off the court.
I have to admit we enjoy ourselves. He makes me think about myself at his age, I was pretty calm and at first sight, I was shy. But when I am with my dearest ones, I can be noisy," he laughed.