David Goffin picks up ATP comeback player of the year award
David Goffin receives the ATP Comeback player of the year award, capping the best season of his career
The quietly-spoken 23-year-old David Goffin has made quite an impression in 2014, and for all the right reasons.
He plays a lively, nimble, all-court brand of tennis—full of attack and variety—but his early progress up the rankings to No42 at the age of 21, having come through qualifying at Roland Garros and taken Roger Federer to four sets in the fourth round, would be thwarted.
He broke his left wrist in September 2013 and did not return until the start of this year. He was still ranked outside the top 100 by the summer, and by the end of June, had only recorded two main draw wins.
But after Wimbledon, Goffin could not stop winning. He put together a 44-4 match record through the ATP main tour, Challenger and qualifying rounds, winning three straight Challenger events in July and his first main tour title in Kitzbuhel.
He extended his unbeaten streak to 25 by qualifying and reaching the Winston-Salem quarter-finals. After a third-round finish at the US Open, he put together another streak of 16, with titles at the Moselle Open and Mons Challenger, and then finished as runner-up at the Basel 500.
Goffin finishes the season at a career-high of No22.