VIDEO. David Goffin makes an unparalleled point and pushes through in Auckland
9 de January, 2023
David Goffin (ATP 53) has qualified for the second round of the Auckland ATP tournament in New Zealand. In the first set he made a wonderful point at the net. “We see it, but we don’t believe it,” it said on the Instagram account of the ATP Tour.
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The Liege native beat Kazakh fifth seed Alexander Bublik (ATP 37) in two sets. The set scores were 6-3 and 6-4. The match lasted 1 hour and 14 minutes. It was their second head-to-head match. Goffin had also beaten the Kazakh in Montpellier in 2020.
In the second round, Goffin faces the laureate of the duel between the French wildcard Ugo Humbert (ATP 108) and the American qualifier Christopher Eubanks (ATP 123).
The 32-year-old Goffin had lost his first two matches of the new tennis year. At the United Cup in Perth, Australia, he had to beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zizou Bergs in the running for Australian Open
In the meantime, Zizou Bergs (ATP 129) has qualified for the second qualifying round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Magali Kempen (WTA 211) was eliminated among the women.
Bergs, the 20th seed, defeated Australian Jeremy Lin (ATP 990) in straight sets: 7-6 (7/3) and 6-1 in the first heat. The match lasted 1 hour and 54 minutes. His next opponent will be Chilean Tomas Barrios Vera (ATP 230).
Magali Kempen did not make it to the second qualifying round of the Australian grand slam tournament. She lost in two sets to the Brazilian Laura Pigossi (WTA 118): 6-2 and 6-2. After 1 hour and 36 minutes her game was over.
Whoever wins three qualifying matches is in the main draw of the Australian Open.
On Tuesday, Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 218) and Greet Minnen (WTA 225) will play their first qualifying match, against the Australian Tristan Schoolkate (ATP 367) and the Swiss Simona Waltert (WTA 125), respectively.