Goffin Races Past Mahut In Rotterdam
David Goffin got his 2018 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament campaign off to a great start on Tuesday, beating France’s Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.
Last year’s runner-up charged through the first set, breaking his opponent twice while dropping just five points on his own serve. The Frenchman, who replaced compatriot Benoit Paire in the draw, started the second set in great fashion, with break points to lead 2-0, but Goffin battled his way out of trouble and eventually re-asserted his authority to reach the last 16.
Goffin, who served seven aces in eight service games, will meet Spain’s Feliciano Lopez for a place in the quarter-finals. Lopez recorded just his second win in nine visits to Rotterdam on Monday, beating 2016 champion Martin Klizan 6-3, 7-6(4).
Dutch wild card Tallon Griekspoor produced the surprise result of the day to win his first ATP World Tour match, eliminating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Competing in his first professional singles match of 2018, No. 259 Griekspoor dropped just eight points on his first serve in the match against Wawrinka, who appeared limited in his movement. The three-time Grand Slam champion is still in the early stages of his injury comeback after two left knee surgeries in August 2017. The 21-year-old has guaranteed Dutch fans a home player in the last eight as he awaits the winner of the all-Dutch first-round match between Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker.
2011 semi-finalist Viktor Troicki booked his spot in the second round, coming from a set down to beat Rotterdam debutant Jan-Lennard Struff 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. Troicki hit 14 aces in the one-hour, 48-minute contest and never looked back after edging the second set in the tie-break. The 32-year-old will meet 2014 champion Tomas Berdych for a place in the last eight.
In a battle of recent Sydney International champions, 2018 champion Daniil Medvedev upset 2017 winner Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-6(9) in exactly two hours to advance to the second round. The 22-year-old Russian hit 12 aces to upset the ninth seed and will meet the winner of the all-French first-round match between Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Philipp Kohlschreiber began action on centre court with an impressive come-from-behind 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(5) win over Karen Khachanov. Winless in 2018 heading into Rotterdam, the German 34-year-old won 104 points to the Russian’s 105 but held firm in the crucial moments to set up a second-round meeting against top seed Roger Federer or qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.
Did You Know?
David Goffin entered the 2017 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, where he reached the final (l. to Tsonga), with an 0-3 record.