David Goffin seems to be back after months in the doldrums. The world's number 11 is through to the last four at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, after a particular feat. In half a day, he beat two top-10 players: Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro.
First, Goffin made short work of Sout Africa's Kevin Anderson (ATP-6), a Wimbledon finalist, in straight sets: 6-2, 6-4. The schedule in Ohio had been disrupted due to the rain, and as a result Goffin had to play another match a couple of hours later, this time against Del Potro (ATP-3). A determined Goffin kept his hard-serving opponent at bay, forcing him to two tie-breaks. Goffin kept cool and won both of them, 7-5 and 7-4, taking the match 7-6, 7-6.
I feel good on court and I am moving well
Goffin seems to be back on the highest level after months in the twilight: "It was a hard day. It was a tough, intense fight with some heavy rallies, but I'm happy. I feel good on the court and I am moving well. My victory against Tsitsipas in the first round was a real confidence-booster. Just what I needed."
He will now meet Roger Federer (ATP-2) who had to fight hard to beat Stan Wawrinka in an epic 3-set match: "Roger is good on this kind of underground. But I will focus on my own game."
In the women's tournament, Elise Mertens (bottom photo) failed to reach the last four, though she fought 2 hours, 45 minutes against Petra Kvitova: 5-7, 7-5 and 3-6. Earlier, Mertens had ousted top-10 player Sloane Stephens.