Former world No. 7 David Goffin acknowledged that it wasn't easy to come back to the courts after being absent for two months. Goffin, now ranked at No. 19 in the world, missed two months of action due to an ankle injury.
At the Cincinnati Masters, Goffin returned to action but looked far from his best as he suffered a straight-set defeat to Guido Pella. Pella, an Argentine clay court specialist, claimed a 6-3 6-3 win over Goffin. "Now you have to trust the rebuilding process.
I did not expect to win every game directly on my return. It is never obvious when you come back from an injury, especially in the ankle, there is always apprehension," Goffin told the BELGA Agency. "It was a difficult match already at the start, a comeback match, the first day, on center court.
Overall, he was better all over the place. I had some good spells, but he was very served well the whole match. I had difficulty returning well, it is a point to work on. He moves very well, he is solid, I committed a lot of unforced errors and it costs me the game."
Goffin wants more matches
Goffin will also play next week as he has received a wild card into the Winston-Salem Open. "The ankle is fine. Physically it is fine too. This is the big plus point because we have worked hard physically.
Now there is a lot to work on. I haven't had a lot of days to go, training here with the best. I need that, a lot more training, I need matches with the best, I need matches overall. The wild card into Winston-Salem falls to pic.
That'll give me one more match before the US Open. There's no real waiting, I'm trying to come back and be competitive. Right now I'm not," Goffin noted.