Goffin to meet Federer in Aussie Open final 8 clash

Belgium's 15th seed David Goffin mixed classy shot-making with a clear plan of attack in gutsy win over the 19th seed Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open in Melbourne. David Goffin took the match in four set 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.

Amid the entertainment of the superb shot-making between David Goffin and Dominic Thiem in their second-round encounter at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, there were also some wonderful lessons for students of tennis.

Amid the entertainment of the superb shot-making between David Goffin and Dominic Thiem in their second-round encounter at Hisense Arena, there were also some wonderful lessons for students of tennis.

The importance of a match plan and a corresponding adaptability, making an opponent play one more point and the value of utilising carefully honed weapons in times of pressure were among many pointers in an intriguing, high-quality battle that spanned two hours and 59 minutes.

Ultimately, though, it was David Goffin’s classy demonstration of consistency and composure that provided the Belgian with a 6-1 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 victory – and as he moved into the Australian Open’s fourth round for the first time, even Goffin himself could do so with an important sense of development.

David Goffin will take on the Swiss 3rd seed Roger Federer in the third round.