Following his third final this season, David Goffin arrives in Paris, where he will look to cap of a breakthrough 2014 with strong showing at Bercy. He will begin his campaign against Lukas Rosol, whom he has never encountered previously on the professional tour.
Federer denied Goffin a third title this season when he struck 5 aces, 19 winners and won 93% of his first service points to defeat the inspired Belgian athlete 6-2, 6-2.
Goffin, who held a impressive 43 wins in 45 matches, was unable to withstand Federer’s dominance on court, and ultimately had his 16-match win streak snapped by the Swiss No. 1.
“It was a tough match, of course,” admitted Goffin. “Here in his hometown, he was in great shape and played too good for me today. At the beginning of the match I was a little bit nervous, especially a final against Roger. It’s not easy to return his serve. That’s why it was a nightmare for me today. I made a lot of mistakes and I didn’t serve well, but it has been a good week for me. I will try to do better next time.”
World No. 29 Lukas Rosol has only managed one win on the tour since suffering a first round upset to rising star Borna Coric at the US Open. He lost both Davis Cup matches in the France vs. Czech Republic semi-final, as well as his opening matches in Metz, Beijing, Shanghai and Basel. His only win took place in the Vienna first round, which took place against then world No. 82 Lukas Lacko.
This marks the first time that Goffin and Rosol will meet on the professional tour, and is unlikely to be an overly competitive match-up. Goffin will be looking to get back to his winning ways and close out his season on a high note.
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