David Goffin

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David Goffin
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Goffin at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Belgium Belgium
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1990-12-07) 7 December 1990 (age 25)
Rocourt, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,507,537
Career record 131–98 (57.21% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 11 (6 June 2016)
Current ranking No. 12 (10 October 2016)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2016)
French Open QF (2016)
Wimbledon 4R (2015, 2016)
US Open 3R (2014, 2015)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (2016)
Career record 3–16
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 259 (21 March 2016)
Current ranking No. 259 (21 March 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
US Open 1R (2012, 2015)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2015)
Last updated on: 21 March 2016.

David Goffin (French pronunciation: ​[david ɡɔfɛ̃]) (born 7 December 1990) is a Belgian tennis player. He was born in Rocourt, Liège, Belgium. His breakthrough came when he reached the fourth round of the 2012 French Open as a lucky loser, eventually losing to Roger Federer in four sets.[2] Goffin has defeated several higher-ranked players such as John Isner, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Čilić, Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomáš Berdych, the latter without losing a game. He is the Belgian number 1 male tennis player as of 2016.



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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] Goffin was eventually eliminated by third seed Roger Federer, but not before managing to win the first set.[6]

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.

2014–15: First career titles, breaking into the top 30[edit]

David Goffin at the 2014 Winston-Salem Open

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.

From July to August, following his opening round loss at Wimbledon to defending champion Andy Murray, 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 in the final. During this run, Goffin won 40 out of the 42 sets he played and won 20 consecutive matches.

In September, after reaching the third round of the US Open for the first time, he won his second career ATP title, the Moselle Open in Metz, France, beating higher seeded players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals and João Sousa in the final. His run from July to September launched him over 75 places up the rankings, putting him into the world's top 40 for the first time in his career.

At the Swiss Indoors in Basel, he advanced to his first ATP 500 tournament final, beating Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals, his first win over a top-10 player. He lost the final to five-time champion Roger Federer in straight sets, however his run to the final propelled him to a career high ranking of number 22 in the world, a ranking with which he would finish the 2014 season. After having started the year ranked 111th in the world, Goffin ended the season ranked just outside the top 20, a difference of 89 places, and as a result he was awarded the Comeback Player of the Year award by the ATP for 2014.[7]

2015 saw Goffin have continued success, reaching two more ATP finals and breaking into the world's top 20 as well as decent runs in the major tournaments. His season was highlighted by being the driving force in the Belgium Davis Cup team's surprise run to the final, which they eventually lost to Great Britain, Goffin being defeated by Andy Murray in the decisive fourth rubber.

2016: 4th round at Australia, Quarterfinal in French Open and first career Masters 1000 semifinals[edit]

He reached fourth round for the first time at 2016 Australian Open, where he lost to Roger Federer in straight sets.

In March at Indian Wells he reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal where he lost to Milos Raonic. He followed it up with another semi-final defeat in the next tournament, in Miami losing to Novak Djokovic in straights sets.

He next competed in the Monte Carlo Masters. He played his first round against Feliciano Lopez where he won 7-5 6-0. He then played Fernando Verdasco. He won in a close match 7-6(7-2) 2-6 7-6(7-1). He then lost to lucky loser Marcel Granollers 6-7(1-7) 4-6.

Then he competed in the BMW Open. In his first match he defeated Victor Estrella Burgos 5-7 6-3 6-2. He then played Alexander Zverev. He lost 3-6 6-4 3-6.

He then competed in the Mutua Madrid Open. Despite having four match points he lost in the first round to Lucas Pouille 6-7(4-7) 6-2 6-7(7-9).

Then he competed in the Rome Masters. He won his first match against Leonardo Mayer 2-6 7-6(10-8) 6-3. He next played Jack Sock in the second round, winning in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. He then played world number eight Tomáš Berdych and defeated him without losing a single game, 6-0 6-0. In the quarterfinals, he lost to 2nd seed Andy Murray, 1-6 5-7.

In the 2016 French Open he played the first round against Wild Card player Grégoire Barrère. He won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4. In the second round he played against Qualifier Carlos Berlocq he won again in straight sets 7-5, 6-1, 6-4. In the third round he won in a more than 3 hours match against the Spanish player Nicolás Almagro. He won in five sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 and 6-2. In the fourth round he won in four sets against Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. His tournament ended in the quarterfinals where he lost to Dominic Thiem in four sets: 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 and 6-1.

In 2016 Wimbledon he won in the first and second round in straight sets. In the third round he needed four sets 6-4, 6-3, 2-6 and 6-1 to win against Denis Istomin. In the fourth round he lost to Milos Raonic after he had a 2-0 advance in sets. He lost in 5 sets. 6-4, 6-3 and 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.

Goffin was upset in the first round of the 2016 U.S. Open, losing in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 0-6 to 19-year-old American Jared Donaldson.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–2)
ATP World Tour 250 series (2–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Indoor (1–1)
Outdoor (1–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 2 August 2014 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Austria Dominic Thiem 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 2. 21 September 2014 Moselle Open, Metz, France Hard (i) Portugal João Sousa 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 26 October 2014 Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 June 2015 Topshelf Open, Rosmalen, The Netherlands Grass France Nicolas Mahut 6–7(1–7), 1–6
Runner-up 3. 2 August 2015 Swiss Open, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Austria Dominic Thiem 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 9 October 2016 Japan Open, Japan Hard Australia Nick Kyrgios 6–4, 3–6, 5–7

Singles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
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 2016 Shanghai Masters

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q2 1R A 2R 4R 0 / 3 4–3 57%
French Open A 4R 1R 1R 3R QF 0 / 5 9–5 56%
Wimbledon Q3 3R 1R 1R 4R 4R 0 / 5 8–5 62%
US Open Q3 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
Win–Loss 0–0 5–3 0–4 2–3 8–4 10–4 0 / 18 25–18 58%
National Representation
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Davis Cup A PO 1R 1R F 1R 0 / 4 14–3 82%
Win–Loss 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 5–1 4–1 0 / 6 16–5 76%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 1R A SF 0 / 3 5–3 63%
Miami Masters A 2R 3R 1R 4R SF 0 / 5 9–5 64%
Monte Carlo Masters A A 1R 1R 2R 3R 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Madrid Masters A A 1R A 2R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Rome Masters A A A A QF QF 0 / 2 5–2 71%
Canada Masters A A 1R A 3R 3R 0 / 3 4–3 57%
Cincinnati Masters A Q2 3R A 3R 2R 0 / 3 5–3 63%
Shanghai Masters A A A A 2R QF 0 / 2 4–2 60%
Paris Masters A Q1 A 2R 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 5–6 1–4 12–8 18–8 0 / 27 37–27 58%
Career Statistics
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Career Win %
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 2 / 6 33%
Overall Win–Loss 2–2 17–14 11–23 25–15 38–25 45–21 131–97 57%
Year-end Ranking 174 46 110 22 16 $3,631,962

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Canada Milos Raonic 9 Basel, Switzerland Hard(i) QF 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 6–4
2. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 4 Indian Wells, United States Hard 4R 6–3, 5–7, 7–6(7–5)
3. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 8 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–0, 6–0
4. France Gaël Monfils 7 Shanghai, China Hard 3R 4–6, 6–4, 6–2


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Spain Rafael Nadal
ATP Comeback Player of the Year
Succeeded by
France Benoît Paire