Faced with the task of securing a late spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, David Ferrer will begin his week at the Paris Bercy with a tough second round match-up against the red-hot Belgian David Goffin. The match-up is an intriguing one in many ways, as Goffin picked up his first Top 10 victory last week against Milos Raonic and will be out to prove that it was not simply a matter of 13th time lucky.
This marks the first ever head-to-head meeting between the two Davids.
For the second consecutive tournament, David Ferrer was unable to overcome British No. 1 Andy Murray and has since suffered in the Race to London. Followig his surprising win in Shanghai, Ferrer lost to the Scot in Vienna and Valencia in the final and semi-final respectively. He will look to up his game in Paris, where he is a former champion.
Following his loss to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoor Basel final – one that would snap a 16-match winning streak between stints on the ATP World Tour and the Challenger circuit – world No. 22 David Goffin reached the second round of the Paris Bercy with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Lukas Rosol. Goffin fired 9 aces, won 78% of his first service points and saved both the break points he faced on serve to close out the win in 65 minutes.
This marks the first meeting between Ferrer and Goffin and could arguably be one of the top matches to watch on Wednesday afternoon. Ferrer is in a must-win situation if he is keen on returning to the year-end championships, while Goffin will look to cap off a breakthrough season with a strong finish in Paris.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets