Goffin went through a difficult period and fell in the rankings. But at Wimbledon he plays confidently again, which he showed with a huge victory over American Frances Tiafoe. Will we receive another national in the Wimbledon semi-finals 20 years after Xavier Malles?
He reaches for his coach to respond. “Was it a surprise that David reached the quarter-finals? Yes and no. After Roland Garros, he didn’t play much, so the preparations on the grass were not perfect. He got a little injured after Roland Garros.”
“But he’s been feeling really good here from the first lap and the table is completely open. We all know David is very good at dealing with the grass.”
“The match against Tiafoe was epic, in my opinion the longest in David’s career.” The fivefold multiplication took 4 hours and 36 minutes.
Guffin struggled for a long time, not only physically, but mentally as well. But a line can be drawn there. Gigonon: “He won the Marrakesh League on clay in April of this year and then everything came back: confidence and the rhythm of the match.”
“You can see that in his matches today. He is much more confident and very calm. David is someone who really needs that confidence. He plays with a lot of precision and then the matches help a lot with the legs.”
Goffin has a chance at the age of 31 to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. Left-handed Cameron Norrie, ranked 12th in the world, will be his opponent for his people tomorrow.
“This is a beautiful tie,” Gigounon sees. “It will be an open match for both of them. Nouri is a very good player, but it is only his first quarter-final in a major tournament. David has already played three times. He should use this experience, it will be an interesting duel. It is a beautiful opportunity.”
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