World no. 15 David Goffin has finally paved his way towards the quarterfinals of Japan Open 2019 after beating Canadian star Denis Shapovalov by 7-6 (7-5), 7-6(7-2) on Wednesday. The 28-year-old experienced Belgian player had a great start in the game as initially, Goffin was the one who dominated lead in the game. But later the Canadian gave him a very tough competition in both first and the second set.
The third-seeded player Goffin took one hour and 53 minutes against Shapovalov to wrap up the game with a clinical win. The Belgian legend won total 77 percent of first serves to bow out the strong opponent from the prestigious tournament. He will now face Chung Hyeon in the quarter-final round on Friday at Ariake Coliseum court, Tokyo. If Goffin would qualifiy for this year’s Japan Open event then this will be his third final appearance as earlier in 2017 and 2016 he performed in the final showdown of the tournament.
Apart from Goffin, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, John Millman of Australia, local star Taro Daniel, American professional Reilly Opelka, and Frenchman Lucas Pouille also secured their seats in quarterfinals.
The top-ranked Serbian star Novak Djokovic reached to the last-eight round after beating Japanese opponent Go Soeda in front of his home crowd by 6-3, 7-5 comfortable margin in the ‘Round of 16’ on Wednesday. Djokovic took one hour and 35 minutes to topple the strong opponent. The 32-year-old brilliant tennis player Djokovic expressed himself after winning the match comfortably against the local star, “I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early. I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, so I didn’t serve that well that game”.
The next up for the great Serb Lucas Pouille in quarters who defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan by 6-1, 6-2 margin in ‘Round of 16’. The Frenchman Pouille is a very talented player and could also give a tough competition to Djokovic in the upcoming quarter-final battle.While World No. 80 John Millman outclassed Lloyd Harris with the scoreline of 6-3, 6-2 in order to set his meeting with Taro Daniel in the final eight battle.