After a long time chasing it, David Goffin entered the Top 10 of the world on February 20, followed by his magnificent performance at the Rotterdam tournament, where he played for the final against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He became the first Belgian tennis player in history to reach such a milestone in the ATP ranking.
The regularity is the most outstanding virtue of this young tennis player of Rocourt who has been in recent seasons the main threat of the members of the Top 10. Although neither in 2015 nor in 2016 had won any tournament - his two victories on the circuit dating back to 2014 - Goffin was considered by all his rivals a potential contender for the select club of the 10 best players in the world.
Trained by Thierry van Cleemput, Goffin was destined to succeed in tennis thanks to the advice of his father, coach at the tennis club in Barchon, on the outskirts of Liege. He held his first racket was at 6 years old. After going through the junior category, without too many successes, the turning point of his career came at Roland Garros in 2012. Goffin was that year "lucky loser" and still advanced to the fourth round, which did not happen in the Parisian tournament since 1995. Before being eliminated, Goffin won a set to Roger Federer himself.
That same year was his debut in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, tournament to which he returns now for a second participation. He had good results in the qualifying round but then fell in the first round of the main draw to Pablo Andújar in two sets. A year later he started climbing the ranking and in 2014 the ATP awarded him with the Comeback Player of the Year award.
In addition to his two wins, in Metz and Kitzbuhel, Le Goffin, as his teammates call him on the circuit, has reached six finals, one of them (Tokyo) in 2016 and the other two in February (Sofia and Rotterdam) . Against the Top 10 he holds a win/loss record of 4-32, highlighting his victory against Stan Wawrinka in the last edition of the Indian Wells tournament.