Roland-Garros – Goffin, who will find Hurkacz: “Hubi is one of the nicest players on the circuit”

David Goffin (ATP 48) will he find the round of 16 at Roland-Garros ten years after his very first participation? The 31-year-old from Liège, who had not won a match in Paris since 2019, has in any case just won two in a row to climb up nicely to the third round after his 3-6, 7-6 victory. (7/1), 6-2 and 6-4 against the American Frances Tiafoe (ATP 27), Thursday.

“It’s hard to compare,” he explained. “It’s completely different. My body is completely different. If you see the pictures, I don’t look like that anymore!” he smiled. “It’s a game where I didn’t know what I was doing, I was just trying to hit the ball against my idol, Roger Federer. Now I have more maturity, more experience. I have more control over my game. I’m coming back from an injury, from a difficult period. And so, it’s more pleasant too, to savor every moment that is offered to me.” To repeat his 2012 performance, David Goffin will have to dismiss the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 13), 25, on Saturday, whom he had beaten 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/2) two years ago. weeks and a half in Rome. “Hubi (Hurkacz’s nickname, editor’s note) is a super nice player, probably one of the nicest on the circuit”, he slipped. “He is in Monaco, we often train together. We had a great match in Rome, it was tough. He played in 3 sets in the second round. Even on earth, he is progressing. For a big boy, he moves better than you think, he slides well. It will be difficult, he serves very well. We will have to counter him like in Rome, try to make him run, tire him, a bit like today. It will be a good match. ” (Belga)

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