Belgium's David Goffin says he had posters of Roger Federer while he was growing up an continues to remain a big fan of the Swiss tennis legend even today.
David Goffin says he still remains a big fan of Roger Federer
Speaking on the show Major Talk on the Tennis Majors website, Goffin says, “I had posters of him.
I am still a fan of him. I had never played against him and finally it happened. I had two points to lead two sets to love, and obviously with his experience he was able to turn the situation around”. Federer and Goffin have played 11 times on the tour with the Swiss leading 10-1 in their head-to-head, including at Goffin's first Grand Slam main draw , the 2012 French Open.
At 1.8 metres, Goffin is among the shorter players on the men's tour and says he tried to find ways to beat players who were much bigger and stronger than him. "I was rather late developing physically in adolescence.
I was a lot smaller than the other players when I was 14 or 15 years old. The results were not good - when, at 16, there were already big, strong bearded men, I was still the little kid who looked younger than 14. I was trying to take the ball early, I was trying to find solutions against players who were stronger than me.
But the results were still difficult and the Belgian Federation hesitated to keep me. It was a bit of a hard time for me. I started to grow, keeping my qualities of speed. I caught up with the players that were more powerful than me."
The 29 year old David Goffin has a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world and is the first Belgian player to reach the ATP Top 10 in the rankings. Goffin has won four ATP titles, and reached nine other ATP finals. His biggest win came at the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals, where he defeated defeated Dominic Thiem, world No.
1 Rafael Nadal and world No. 2 Roger Federer on his way to the final where he lost to former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov. His best performance at the Grand Slams came at the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Australian Open where he reached the quarter-finals.