Top-seeded home crowd favorite David Goffin is set to play against USA’s Marcos Giron in the second round of the 2020 European Open in Antwerp. This will be their first-ever meeting on Tour.
- Fixture: David Goffin vs. Marcos Giron
- Date: 22nd October 2020
- Tournament: European Open
- Round: Round of 16
- Venue: Antwerp, Belgium
- Category: ATP World Tour 250 Series
- Surface: Hard-Court
- Prize Money: €472,590
David Goffin vs Marcos Giron: Match Preview
Bringing the top seed into this match, David Goffin has always been known to be a player of great quality, producing exceptional tennis throughout his 11-year career.
His 2020 season has been dicey since the pandemic break ended. He has been carrying the fear of playing amidst the pandemic, which mentally exhausted him. His best performance came at the US Open, a decent fourth-round run. However, since then, his clay season was dismal, with first-round exits at both the Rome Masters and the French Open. Soon after, he was tested positive for coronavirus, which is why he had to skip multiple tournaments; this match will be his first in the hardcourt season. However, his high world ranking of 14 and past form ensured his top seeding, which he will look to bring with confidence into this tournament. He received a bye into the second round by virtue of his seeding.
His opponent will be an American qualifier, Marcos Giron. Relatively new to the Tour, he only turned pro in 2019. The World No. 94 may not be having a great overall win-loss record, but his 2020 season has been commendable featuring second-round finishes at the US and French Opens as well as at the Cincinnati Masters and Mexican Open. He has a knack of blazing through qualifiers, with him having 2/2 wins in many of the qualifiers of the tournaments he participates in. He has 3 wins this week (2 at the qualifiers) in the buildup to this match.
David Goffin vs Marcos Giron: Head-to-Head
The two players have never faced each other on the ATP Tour. So, the head-to-head remains at 0-0.
David Goffin vs Marcos Giron: Match Prediction
David Goffin is highly motivated to upturn his 2020 season for the better here, with the home crowd supporting him and with favorable playing conditions. However, his preparation leading to the tournament has been subpar to his own admission, so the talented American could produce an upset if Goffin doesn’t perform at his best. Giron’s big serve and forehand shot-making could hurt Goffin’s chances.
Goffin is still the slight favorite to win the match, but he will find a tough task in front of him if he were to do so. Expect an entertaining game!
Match Prediction: David Goffin to win in three sets against Marcos Giron.