After Yanina Wickmayer (see: read also) had been defeated by Austria's Tamira Paszek, it was up to David Goffin to try and please the Belgian tennis fans on Saturday.
Goffin, who received a wild card for Wimbledon after his nice run at the French Open, knew that he was in for a tough challenge if he wanted to reach the fourth round and make it into the second week: Mardy Fish is the 10th seed in London and has a hard service, a strong weapon on grass.
Fish wrapped up the match in straight sets, although he only won the last 2 sets in a tie-break: 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6). Goffin missed a set point in the third set at 6-5. Hard-serving Fish hit 17 aces, compared to Goffin's 6. "His service was a real weapon. But he played very aggressive throughout and was strong at the net. I only had one break point, which is really frustrating."
Goffin can now concentrate on the olympic tournament in London, and is confident. "I am happy with my performance here."
There are two Belgians left in the singles event: Xavier Malisse and Kim Clijsters.