Belgium need baby-faced Goffin to come of age

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:30am EST
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By Martyn Herman

GHENT, Belgium (Reuters) - If Belgium are to win the Davis Cup final for the first time this week then baby-faced David Goffin will have to come of age.

The 24-year-old world number 16 has climbed the rankings quickly in the past 18 months but he has yet to experience a career-changing moment.

Against Britain in this week's showpiece at the Flanders Expo in Ghent he has the chance to truly announce himself on the big stage by leading his country to an unlikely triumph.

The outcome of his clash against world number two Andy Murray could go a long way to deciding which nation will be celebrating.

That is why he is quick to discount a 6-1 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Murray at the Paris Masters three weeks ago.

"The day I played Andy in Bercy it was just a day off for me," Goffin said this week.

"I didn't play really well. Andy was really aggressive. He played an unbelievable match there.

"But it's different conditions here. It's a completely different match. Another surface. I just have to forget that match and think about the matches this weekend."   Continued...

Belgium's David Goffin returns volley during a training session ahead of the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain at Flanders Expo hall in Ghent, Belgium, November 24, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir