Since he began to stand out in the ATP circuit, David Goffin has surpassed all the marks that his other compatriots established in international tennis and right now he is, by far, the best Belgian tennis player of all time. However, although in 2017 he was the first to reach the top-10, the first to play a Masters and the first to play the final after beating in the same tournament no less than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in 2018 he experienced less success and the little great player of Rocourt knew the other side of tennis.
They were 12 months without any ATP title (he has four in his track record) and, what is more eloquent, without playing a final. He reached the semifinals in four tournaments, the Masters 1,000 of Cincinnati, Montpellier, Rotterdam and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, were he fell to Rafael Nadal in a spectacular match.
But in 2019, with Thomas Johansson in his technical team, Goffin started climbing. He didn’t win a tournament (final in Cincinnati against Stefanos Tsitsipas and in Halle against Roger Federer), but his great regularity led him to overcome an adverse situation when in June he fell to 33rd place in the ranking. At the end of the season he was already the eleventh best tennis player in the world.
He kicked of his 2020 campaign with a victory over Rafa Nadal in the ATP Cup and has recuperated his Top 10 status, the best recognition of this undeniable talent.
Goffin was destined to succeed in tennis thanks to the advice of his father, coach at the Barchon tennis club, on the outskirts of Liege. He held his first racket when he was with 6 years old. After going through the junior circuit, without much success, the turning point of his career took place at Roland Garros, in 2012. Goffin was that year "lucky loser" and reached the fourth round, which did not happen in the Parisian tournament since 1995. Before being eliminated, Goffin won a set to Roger Federer himself.
The Belgian has played four times at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Two seasons ago he achieved the semi-finals, his best result to date. His undisputed quality as a tennis player is not recognized in his record book, with only four ATP titles to his name.