Goffin Eases Through Acapulco Opener

Belgian seeking third final of the season

David Goffin’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel campaign is off to a blistering start with the Belgian easily accounting for Stephane Robert on Monday night. The fifth seed needed just 54 minutes to post a 6-1, 6-2 result to progress to the second round.

“I was really solid on my serve, when I needed to, and I am really happy with my performance tonight," said Goffin. "It was close at some points, especially in the middle of the second set, but I was really solid and it was not an easy match. I’ve won a lot of matches in the past couple of weeks and I’m in good shape. The crowd were amazing and it’s really nice to play the night session. The atmosphere on court is really good.”

The World No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings sent down six aces and never faced a break point in the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. With two finals already under his belt this season in Sofia and Rotterdam, Goffin will face either Kyle Edmund or Sam Querrey for his first Acapulco quarter-final berth.

In an all-American affair Steve Johnson upset eighth seed John Isner in little more than an hour. Johnson broke his big-serving countryman twice in the 6-4, 6-4 result to book a clash with Ernesto Escobedo, who beat fellow #NextGenATP Stefan Kozlov 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. Johnson's win over Isner drew the pair level on 4-4 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Earlier, another #NextGenATP Borna Coric had few difficulties seeing off local wild card Lucas Gomez. The Croatian won 91 per cent of his first-serve points to post a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Countryman and third seed Marin Cilic or Alexandr Dolgopolov will be next.

Lucky loser Jordan Thompson battled past Feliciano Lopez 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Adrian Mannarino defeated qualifier Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to complete play on day one.

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