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.
If he started the year in the 7th position of the world ranking, he finished it in the 22nd, very far from a top-10 in which he was established until the month of August 2018.
Coached by Thierry van Cleemput, Goffin was destined to succeed in tennis thanks to the advice of his father, coach at the Barchon tennis club, outside Liège. 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 three times at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, in 2012, 2017 and 2018, the year of his best performance, advancing to the semifinals.
In addition to his four ATP titles, Le Goffin, as his teammates call him on the circuit, has reached seven finals. Against the top-10 maintains a historical record of 14-44.