After converting a break point at 1-1, the Rocurt native suffered a counter-break at 4-3. In the process, Goffin won another break point to make 5-4 and win the first set on his next serve: 6-4.
Troubled in the first set, ‘La Goff’ was completely free in the second inning won 6-0. In the second round, he will face Frenchman Jérémy Chardy (ATP 64) who beat compatriot Ugo Humbert (ATP 31) in the first round 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
This was the sixth confrontation between Goffin and Struff. The Liège native had won the first three duels in 2014 and 2016 in Metz and in 2018 in the 3rd round of the US Open. Goffin then lost the last two games in 2019 in Barcelona and in 2020 in Cincinnati.
Goffin is the only Belgian present in the singles draw. Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen, winners of the Singapore ATP tournament last week, are in the doubles contention and face Greek pair Stefanos and Petros Tsitsipas in the first round on Wednesday.
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German Alexander Zverev, 7th in the world and seeded N.3, was eliminated in the first round 7-5, 6-3 against Kazakh Alexander Biulbik (ATP 43) on Wednesday.
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