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 27)
Rocourt, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Thierry Van Cleemput
Prize money US$7,477,195
Career record 201–128 (61.09%)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 7 (20 November 2017)
Current ranking No. 7 (20 November 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2017)
French Open QF (2016)
Wimbledon 4R (2015, 2016)
US Open 4R (2017)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (2017)
Olympic Games 3R (2016)
Career record 4–20
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 249 (9 May 2016)
Current ranking No. 556 (13 November 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
US Open 1R (2012, 2015)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2015, 2017)
Hopman Cup RR (2018)
Last updated on: 5 January 2018.

David Goffin (French pronunciation: ​[david ɡɔfɛ̃];[1] born 7 December 1990) is a Belgian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 7 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).[2] 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.[3] Goffin has defeated several higher-ranked players such as John Isner, Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Čilić, Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Tomáš Berdych, the latter without losing a game. He is the Belgian number 1 male tennis player as of 2017. On February 20, 2017 Goffin became the first Belgian male tennis player to reach the ATP top 10.

Playing style and endorsements

Goffin is a baseline-orientated game, and he is considered to be an offensive baseliner, with accurate and powerful groundstrokes. He has a good forehand, which he uses to good effect and to move opponents around the court, but his two-handed backhand is his strongest shot, particularly down-the-line. It is considered to be one of the best two-handers on tour. Both wings are capable of producing winners. He is also one of the best returners in the game, winning 53.9% of second serve return points in 2017. He has a good serve, capable of reaching 125mph (202km/h). He is an excellent mover around the court as well, and he is excellent at retrieving tricky balls. He is solid at the net, but this isn't one of his major assets.

Goffin is sponsored by Wilson for his racquets and Asics for his clothing. He uses the Wilson Blade 98 18x20 Countervail racquet.

Tennis career


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.


Throughout the 2009 season, Goffin played Futures and Challenger tournaments. His best result of the year came when he qualified for Todi, Italy. He won four consecutive matches after qualification, eventually succumbing to Simon Greul, ranked 84, in a semi final in straight sets.


As in 2009, Goffin played Futures and Challenger tournaments throughout the year with varying results. He finished the year ranked 233.


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.[4]

2012: Breakthrough

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.[5] 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.[6] Goffin was eventually eliminated by third seed Roger Federer, but not before managing to win the first set.[7]

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 second 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 faced then-No. 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 were 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 tournaments in 2013 after the US Open, where he lost in the first round to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

2014: Maiden ATP World Tour title

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 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 No. 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.[8]

2015: Davis Cup final

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 lost to Great Britain, Goffin being defeated by Andy Murray in the decisive fourth rubber after having earlier won the second rubber against Kyle Edmund.


Goffin 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 semifinal defeat in Miami, losing to Novak Djokovic in straights sets. He next competed in the Monte Carlo Masters. He defeated Feliciano Lopez in the first round. He then played Fernando Verdasco and won in a close match. He then lost to lucky loser Marcel Granollers. Goffin then competed in the BMW Open. In his first match, he defeated Victor Estrella Burgos. He then played Alexander Zverev and lost. At the Mutua Madrid Open despite having four match points, he lost in the first round to Lucas Pouille. Then he competed in the Rome Masters. He won his first match against Leonardo Mayer. He next played Jack Sock in the second round, winning in straight sets. He then played world No. 8 Tomáš Berdych and defeated him without losing a single game. In the quarterfinals, he lost to second seed Andy Murray.

At the 2016 French Open, he played the first round against wild card Grégoire Barrère. He won in straight sets. In the second round, he played against qualifier Carlos Berlocq and won again in straight sets. In the third round, he won in a more than 3 hours match against Nicolás Almagro. In the fourth round, he won in four sets against Ernests Gulbis. His tournament ended in the quarterfinals, where he lost to Dominic Thiem in four sets. At Wimbledon, he won in the first and second round in straight sets. In the third round, he needed four sets to win against Denis Istomin. In the fourth round, he lost to Milos Raonic after he had a 2-0 advance in sets. Goffin was upset in the first round of the 2016 U.S. Open, losing in four sets to 19-year-old American Jared Donaldson. Goffin took part in the Tour Finals as a reserve after Gaël Monfils had to withdraw due to injury. Goffin was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the round-robin stage.

2017: Top 10, ATP Finals runner-up, second Davis Cup final

Goffin started 2017 at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. He defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals and top seed Andy Murray in the semifinals, before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final. At the Qatar Open, he defeated Robin Haase in the opening round before losing to Fernando Verdasco in the second round. Goffin reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in Melbourne, following victories over Reilly Opelka, Radek Štěpánek, Ivo Karlović and Dominic Thiem. He was defeated in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov.

In February, Goffin defeated defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final of the Sofia Open. There he lost in straight sets again to Dimitrov. A week later, he recorded a first victory over Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of Rotterdam Open. Goffin went on to lose the final in three sets to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. These results resulted in him achieving a top ten ranking for the first time, becoming the first Belgian man to do so.[9]

At the Monte Carlo Masters, Goffin defeated world number eight Dominic Thiem and world number two Novak Djokovic to reach the semifinals. There he lost in straight sets to the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal.[10]

At the 2017 French Open, Goffin was forced to retire whilst leading his third round match against Horacio Zeballos. He injured his right ankle when he tripped on a tarpaulin by the side of the court.[11]

Following second and first round loses in Montréal and Cincinnati respectively, Goffin reached the fourth round of the US Open for the first time. There he lost to Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

In October, Goffin won back-to-back titles in Shenzen and Tokyo. His title in Shenzen was his third career title and first on the main tour since 2014, having lost in his six previous finals.[12] By winning his first ATP 500 title in Tokyo, Goffin returned to the top ten, having been absent since May.

Goffin qualified outright for the season-ending ATP Finals for the first time, having played as an alternate for Gaël Monfils in 2016. In the round-robin stage, victories over world number-one Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem secured him the runner-up spot in the Pete Sampras Group, behind Grigor Dimitrov. He beat Roger Federer for the first time in his career in the semi-final, ending a six match losing streak against him. Goffin became the sixth player to beat Federer and Nadal at the same event and the first since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to beat the top two-ranked players at year-end finals.[13] In the final, Goffin was beaten by Dimitrov, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3.[14]

Goffin led the Belgian Davis Cup team to a second Davis Cup final in 3 years, having lost to Great Britain in the 2015 final. The final against France took place in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France on 24–26 November. Despite Goffin winning both his singles rubbers, the Belgian team were defeated 2–3. Goffin won all six of the singles rubbers he played in 2017, against France, Italy in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semifinals.

Career statistics

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) 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.


Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 1R A 2R 4R QF 2R 0 / 5 9–5 64%
French Open A A A 4R 1R 1R 3R QF 3R 0 / 6 11–6 65%
Wimbledon A A Q3 3R 1R 1R 4R 4R A 0 / 5 8–5 62%
US Open A A Q3 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R 4R 0 / 6 7–6 54%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–3 0–4 2–3 8–4 10–4 9–3 1-1 0 / 21 35–22 61%
Year-End Championships
ATP World Tour Finals Did Not Qualify RR F 0/2 3 / 3 50%


  1. ^ "The pronunciation by David Goffin himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 22 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Rankings | Singles | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Federer sees off 'lucky loser' Goffin in four sets to reach quarter finals", The Daily Mail, 3 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Goffin biography at ITF". tennis player. 
  5. ^ Hanford, Ian (29 May 2012). "French Open 2012 Scores: Shocking Results from Roland Garros' First 2 Days". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lucky loser Goffin enjoys French Open record run". The Times of India. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "David Goffin". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  8. ^ "2014 ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "David Goffin Breaks Top 10 and Makes History", Tennis Channel, 20 February 2017.
  10. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/nadal-goffin-monte-carlo-2017-saturday-sf
  11. ^ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2017/06/tripped-by-a-tarp-french-open-player-stops-with-bad-ankle/66515/
  12. ^ David Goffin outlasts Alexandr Dolgopolov to win Shenzhen Open. ESPN: October 1, 2017. Retrieved on October 1, 2017.
  13. ^ Jonathon Braden. "Goffin Shocks Federer In London". Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "DIMITROV WINS BIGGEST TITLE OF HIS CAREER". www.nittoatpfinals.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 

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