TENNIS

Carlos Alcaraz is defeated in Astana by David Goffin

David Goffin Carlos Alcaraz, Six Sports

At the Astana Open on Tuesday, fortunate loser David Goffin made the best of his second opportunity,

by defeating World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 7-5, 6-3 to record his biggest victory of the year.

In his final qualifying game on Sunday facing Italian #NextGenATP Luca Nardi, the Belgian blew two match points.

Nevertheless took part in the lottery as an extremely fortunate loser.

After the first 60 minutes and 46 minutes, Goffin, the former World No. 7, outplayed Alcaraz and advanced to the second round under less stress.

“I always believe that I have the level to cause some trouble against those guys,”

Goffin stated.

“Of course, it has not been my best period, I haven’t been playing really well in the past few tournaments, but I always believe and practice and you never know.

“When you play against the World No. 1 on a big stage, big crowd, the fire inside gives you so much power to play your best tennis because you don’t have any choice.

You have to fight and give your best and that was the case today. I always believed I had it and I am happy you can still it there.”

The match got off to a brisk start as Goffin troubled the 19-year-old Alcaraz from the baseline with his quickness and regularity to gain the lead.

However, the Spaniard came back to tie the game at 5-5 after the Belgian had been ahead 5-2.

World No. 66 wouldn’t go down easily, though, and broke through once again to advance.

Despite Alcaraz’s inability to time the ball from any part of the court in the second set, Goffin continued to assault.

Despite Alcaraz’s inability to time the ball from any part of the court in the second set, Goffin continued to assault.

After defeating Rafael Nadal at the Nitto ATP Finals in 2017 and the ATP Cup in 2020,

Goffin now has a 3-8 record against players who are ranked No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

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