Belgian tennis star David Goffin gave credit to Jeremy Chardy after their Rotterdam round-of-16 clash as the Belgian admitted that the Frenchman deserved to win. Chardy, ranked at No. 64 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) to No.
6 seed Goffin to progress into the Rotterdam quarterfinal. After claiming the first break of the match in the 11th game for a 6-5 first-set lead, Goffin had a set point in the following game but failed to serve out for the opener.
The two players were tied at 3-3 in the first-set tie-break before Chardy won four consecutive points to win the opener. As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set went into another tie-break -- in which Chardy realized his second match point to claim a straight-set win.
"It was extremely difficult,” Goffin said, per the ATP website. “No matter the score or the moment, Jeremy goes for it. He’s hit the ball really well since the start of the year. I had a set point, then a chance with a forehand volley, but I didn’t make it.
He played really well in the first set tie-break, with three or four shots on the lines, and I think he deserved to win”.
Chardy ended Goffin's winning streak
Goffin, who won his first ATP title since 2017 last week in Montpellier, entered the Chardy clash on a five-match winning streak.
"It’s never easy to win tournaments. This is my fifth and every tournament that I’ve won was very special,” Goffin said after winning the title. “I had some opportunities, I’ve had matches [where] I had zero chance to win in the final.
Sometimes you take it, sometimes not. I’ve played some finals, but you need to continue, you need to improve your game, you need to fight and I’m happy that it paid off at the end."