Belgian tennis ace David Goffin admits that he was a bit lost when he first played against the great Roger Federer. Goffin, 27, clashed against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer for the first time at the 2012 French Open in the last-16 stage.
Then the 21-year-old Goffin made Federer to work hard but still ended up losing the match in four sets 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-4. It was the year when Goffin debuted at Roland Garros. Goffin lost in the 2012 French Open qualifying final round but entered the main draw as a lucky loser.
He beat Radek Stepanek, Arnaud Clement, and Lukasz Kubot on his way to setting up a clash against Federer. The head-to-head record between Federer and Goffin stands at 6-1 in Federer's favor. However, Goffin won the last meeting between the two — at the ATP Finals in November.
"The first time I played Roger I didn’t know what I was doing. Now I'm more mature, more experienced on the tour, thatts the difference. I'm another player, I improved a lot, I manage the match much better than in the past.
I'm more calm also on the court," Goffin told Sport360. Goffin is preparing to open his seventh consecutive French Open campaign against Dutch Robin Haase. The Belgian reached the quarter-final at Roland Garros in 2016.