"I'm very motivated, happy to start the year with new ambitions, so maybe that's why today was a very good match,” said David Goffin after having secured Belgium’s first ever series win at the ATP Cup.
The new team competition has begun in a glorious way for the Belgians: part of Group C, they defeated their first opponent, Moldova, with a hard-earned 3-0. "It's never easy to start the season with the first match, first team competition, the new format, with the team on the bench," Goffin said, as reported by ATPTour.com.
"And the way I played, I'm very pleased, and so it's good for the next tie." Currently the world’s No. 11, Goffin got past Radu Albot with a 6-4, 6-1 score in one hour and 22 minutes. His victory came after three warm-ups, imposed to him by his teammate Steve Darcis’ challenging battle against Alexander Cozbinov.
"It's never easy,” Goffin repeated. The 2017 ATP Finals runner-up watched one set of Darcis’ match before deciding to prepare for his own clash. But Belgium’s No. 2 needed three hours and ten minutes to seal his 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5 victory and let the way for the series’ second singles.
“I went in, had [my] first warm-up, second warm-up, and third warm-up,” Goffin explained with a smile. “Then finally I went on the court, and from the first point I had good energy, good attitude, and I served well when I needed, as well."