The 2017 semi-finalist played clinically under pressure, saving five of six break points en route to the second round. Two years ago, Goffin battled past Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic to reach the last four, where he was beaten by eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
After a run to the Round of 16 at the Miami Open presented by Itau last month (l. to Tiafoe), the 28-year-old Belgian is pushing for another deep run at an ATP Masters 1000 event, this tournament kicking off the European clay swing. Goffin will meet Serbian Dusan Lajovic in his next match, following the World No. 48’s 6-4, 6-4 win against Tunisian Malek Jaziri.
German Philipp Kohlschreiber will meet top seed Novak Djokovic after defeating Japanese Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-3. Last month at the BNP Paribas Open, Kohlschreiber stunned Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 to snap the World No. 1’s eight-match winning streak following the Serbian’s seventh Australian Open triumph.