Tomic halted by defending Kooyong champ GoffinPosted on January 11, 2017
It took less than an hour for defending champion David Goffin to defeat Australian Bernard Tomic 6-2 6-4 in the second match of the men’s championship draw at the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic.
Goffin was pleased with his efforts against the Australian and the way he adjusted to the windy and warm conditions at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
He will now play against big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the final of the Kooyong men’s championship draw on Friday.
“It was not easy, the wind was a little bit tricky and against Bernie with his game,” Goffin said after the match.
“A flat forehand is never easy but I returned really well, hit some good returns when I had to and served well too – was solid on my serve.
“It was a good match, the conditions were fast and windy so I was really happy with how I managed the match.
“It’s nice to be back in Kooyong and I’m happy to win this one.”
The first set was over in just 20 minutes with the Belgian winning five games in a row after Tomic held his serve in the opening game of a match that lasted just 55 minutes.
“Yeah I was trying to work on a few things and he was playing good,” Tomic told reporters.
“We’ve played I think four times in our careers and maybe I’m up 3-1 against him but today is a chance for us to both work on a few things.
“He’s number 11 in the world so he’s playing well and for us it’s very important to be here because I need this sort of stuff – I played well in an exhibition two days ago in Sydney.
“I have another match here Friday so I’m going to use this as much as I can because I have to be ready for Monday.”
The 24-year-old was in good spirits after the contest and spoke positively about his preparation leading into the Australian where he has reached the fourth round the last two years.
“I guess I take that (the second set being better), that’s all I can take,” Tomic laughed.
“It was very windy, but I need days like this because next week if there are very hot or windy days if you’re not ready then you can play bad.
“You know you only have one shot at the Australian Open next year so you have to do as best as you can.”
Some criticism was recently aimed at the world number 27 for seemingly carrying a bit of extra weight in his match against David Ferrer at the Brisbane International.
Tomic afterwards admitted he was in fact over his playing weight and had since dropped a significant amount in the last week.
“Yeah I’m pretty solid, I’m there (at his ideal weight),” Tomic explained.
“I’ve lost four kilos, four and a half kilos in eight or nine days so I’m there and now it’s five days away so I’ve got to do the right things.
“I lost to Ferrer who was number three two years ago, so for me this match was tough, there’s a reason why he was number three in the world.
“That match was a test and I wasn’t quite ready but the last five days have been pretty well for me, I’ve been feeling pretty good and I have one more match I think Friday here.
“So, I’ll have to improve a little bit more.”
The world number 11 Goffin made the fourth round of the Australian Open last year and followed that up with a quarter finals appearance at the French Open.
“Yeah it can change every day here in Melbourne so it’s tough for the European players who come here, it can be 35 degrees and then 25, you never know,” Goffin said.
“I’m going to check the weather forecast before and we’ll see.
“It’s not easy to play in Melbourne when it’s hot conditions, the ball flies around really fast but I’m ready and we will see, I’m feeling good.”
He will be looking to build on a strong 2016 where he also made the semi-finals at Indian Wells and the Miami Masters, as well as that quarter finals berth at Roland Garros, his best effort in a Grand Slam.
“Yeah I played well last year and this tournament is perfect preparation for the Aussie Open so it’s really nice to have a couple of matches here on the same surface,” Goffin added.
“I love to come here.”