David Goffin

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David Goffin
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Country Belgium Belgium
Residence Liège, Belgium
Born (1990-12-07) 7 December 1990 (age 23)
Rocourt, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $762,649
Career record 38–50
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 42 (29 October 2012)
Current ranking No. 48 (4 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
French Open 4R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 1R (2012, 2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Career record 0–6
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 612 (11 October 2010)
Current ranking No. 791 (29 July 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
US Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: 29 July 2013.

David Goffin (French pronunciation: ​[da.vid ɡɔ.fɛ̃]) (born 7 December 1990) is a Belgian tennis player. He was born in Liège, Belgium (Rocourt, the same place as Justine Henin). He is most known for reaching the fourth round of the 2012 French Open as a qualifier, eventually losing to Roger Federer in four sets.[1] Goffin is considered one of tennis' most promising prospects, and has defeated several higher-ranked players such as John Isner, Radek Štěpánek and Viktor Troicki. He is the Belgian No. 1, as of August 2013.


Goffin's favourite surface is hard court.


As a junior he compiled a singles win/loss record of 76–40, reaching as high as No. 10 in the junior combined world rankings in July 2008. He took part in only two junior slams, losing in the second round of the French Open and the first round of Wimbledon in 2008.


Goffin won his first match on the ATP tour at the 2011 Chennai open, defeating India's No. 1, Somdev Devvarman. He lost in the second round to Stanislas Wawrinka.[2]

2012: Breakthrough[edit]

In 2012, he reached the quarterfinals of an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time at the 2012 Chennai Open, after defeating top-50 countryman Xavier Malisse and Andreas Beck.

At the French Open 2012, though he did not win in the last qualifying round of the qualifications, he entered the tournament's main draw as a lucky loser thanks to the withdrawal of Gaël Monfils. In his first round, he faced world no. 27 and 23rd seed for men's singles Radek Štěpánek and beat him in five sets.[3] The second round saw Goffin take on French veteran player Arnaud Clément (who was playing his last French Open) whom he beat in five sets in a match postponed due to rain at a score of 5–1 the previous day. Goffin then beat Łukasz Kubot in the third round to become the first lucky loser to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam since compatriot Dick Norman at Wimbledon 1995.[4] Goffin was eventually eliminated by third seed Roger Federer, but not before managing to win the first set.[5]

He received one of the wild cards for Wimbledon, and in the first round he beat 20th seed and 2011 quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic. Then, in the secound round, he beat Jesse Levine to advance to the third round, where he ultimately lost to the resurgent 10th seed Mardy Fish.

At the US Open, he entered the main draw, but lost in the first round to world no. 7, sixth seed, and eventually semifinalist at the tournament Tomáš Berdych.

He then won two singles matches to secure Belgium a place in the 2013 Davis Cup World Group.


Goffin started the season by making his debut at the 2013 Brisbane International. He defeated wildcard (and crowd favourite) Matthew Ebden, before losing to seventh seed Jürgen Melzer in the second round.

In the first round of the French Open he had to face current number 1, Novak Djokovic. He proved a challenge for Djokovic, but lost the match in straight sets. Goffin's performance as well as Djokovic's laboured efforts in defeating him was the subject of brief attention to the quality of Goffin's playing.

Goffin made it to the third round in Cincinnati, where he was again defeated by Djokovic. He qualified in Winston-Salem and defeated Jack Sock in the first round, but lost to Dmitry Tursunov in the second round. He did not play any further tournaments in 2013 after the US Open, where he lost in the first round to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

2014: First career title[edit]

Goffin had to retire in his second-round match at the Challenger event in New Caledonia, and he withdrew from qualifying for the Australian Open due to a left quadriceps injury. He continues to succeed on the ATP Challenger circuit.

From July to August, Goffin won four consecutive tournaments. The first three of which were Challengers, but the fourth was his maiden ATP tour-level title when he won the Austrian Open Kitzbühel, beating Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-1 and 6-3 in the final. During this run Goffin won 40 out of the 42 sets he played and won 20 consecutive matches.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 2 August 2014 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Austria Dominic Thiem 4–6, 6–1, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]


Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through 2014 Wimbledon

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q2 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
French Open A 4R 1R 1R 0 / 3 3–3 50.00
Wimbledon Q3 3R 1R 1R 0 / 3 2–3 40.00
US Open Q3 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0.00
Win–Loss 0–0 5–3 0–4 0–2 0 / 9 5–9 35.71
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Miami Masters A 2R 3R 1R 0 / 3 3–3 50.00
Monte Carlo Masters A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0.00
Madrid Masters A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Rome Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
Canada Masters A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Cincinnati Masters A Q2 3R A 0 / 1 2–1 66.67
Shanghai Masters A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
Paris Masters A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 5–6 0–3 0 / 10 6–10 37.50
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
Year End Ranking 174 46 110 $857,439


  1. ^ "Federer sees off 'lucky loser' Goffin in four sets to reach quarter finals", The Daily Mail, 3 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Goffin biography at ITF". tennis player. 
  3. ^ Hanford, Ian (29 May 2012). "French Open 2012 Scores: Shocking Results from Roland Garros' First 2 Days". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lucky loser Goffin enjoys French Open record run". The Times of India. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "David Goffin". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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