With his ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ trophy in hand, David Goffin can now look back on his remarkable 2014 season with pride.
The rapidly rising Belgian star, who suffered a season-ending left wrist injury in 2013, made a successful comeback to the tour this season and quickly began his ascent up the ATP rankings. He began the year ranked at NO. 110 and, after several months of inconsistent results, went on to compile a 44-4 match record from July onwards (stat via ATP) to finish the year at a career-high world No. 22.
The second half of his season included a various impressive accomplishments, including his unstoppable month of July where he won three titles in consecutive weeks, including his maiden ATP World Tour title in Kitzbühel.
“I didn’t expect to win so many matches, but match after match I enjoyed a lot the way I played on court and at the end it was a fantastic year so I’m really happy right now,” Goffin said at the on-court award ceremony at the O2 Arena.
The 23-year-old’s list of accomplishments did not end there. Goffin would go on to reach the third round of the US Open, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov. From there, he would compile another 16-match winning streak that would include a pair of titles at the Mosele Open and the Mons Challenger event.
Goffin would end his season with a runner-up finish to Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoor Basel – a fitting end to his breakthrough 2014 season.
“It’s an honour to win this trophy, but it’s almost impossible without a team and a staff, so I’d like to thank my team for this amazing year,” he said. “It was a fantastic year for me. It’s never easy to come back from injuries and I’m really proud of what I did and I’m ready for next season.”