David Goffin Attributes Asian Joy To Davis Cup Success
David Goffin believes his recent success on the ATP Tour was sparked by his participation in the Davis Cup.
The world No.10 heads into this week’s Shanghai Masters on a nine-match winning streak. After claiming the Shenzhen Open title, he went on to triumph at the Japan Open in Tokyo by defeating Adrian Mannarino in the final. Tokyo is Goffin’s fourth ATP title as well as his first ATP 500 trophy. It is also the first time in his career that he has managed to win back-to-back titles.
“It’s a really special trophy for me, as I won the tournament last week and now have again today,” Goffin said on Sunday. “It’s a special feeling at a tournament I like. I have a lot of happy memories in Tokyo. It’s difficult to describe my feelings.”
Reflecting upon his recent surge in form, Goffin pinpoints his participation in the Davis Cup as something that gave him a confidence boost. Earlier this season the 26-year-old was hampered by injury. At the French Open he rolled his ankle and was forced to miss the entire grass-court season. Then, during the North American hard court swing on the tour, he encountered an issue with his right knee.
“I was afraid for my knee but the Davis Cup gave me confidence, I saw that we could keep it under control.” He told dhnet.be. “Summer was hard between the ankle and the knee … Frankly, I did not expect any more results for the end of the season, I just wanted to play again without hurting. I still have a protocol to follow for the knee.”
At the Davis Cup, Goffin help guide his country into the final for only the third time in history. In the semifinal, he recorded wins over Australian players John Millman and Nick Kyrgios. Next month Belgium will travel to Lille to take on France in the final.
Prior to the Davis Cup, Goffin’s focus remains on ending the season on a high note. Receiving a first round bye in this week’s Shanghai Masters, he will start his campaign against France’s Gilles Simon. Simon defeated Wu Yibing 6-3, 6-4, in his opening match.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but it’s mainly up to me.” Explained Goffin. “Gilles has a bit of trouble this season, but Shanghai is a tournament he likes and has often succeeded.”
Goffin is currently tied 1-1 in his head-to-head with Simon. He won their most recent meeting in three sets at the 2016 Miami Masters.