Goffin Edges Khachanov to Advance at Indian Wells

by John on March 12, 2017

Belgian David Goffin withstood the heavy artillery of #NextGen star Karen Khachanov to defeat the 20-year-old Russian 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a spirited second-round matchup at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells yesterday. The 11th-seeded Goffin went toe-to-toe with the big-hitting Khachanov and eventually wore down the 6-foot-6 Russian with his quickness and superb ball striking. Khachanov’s youthful exuberance at times betrayed him with indecision and poor shot selection, but his big serving and powerful ground game gave Goffin all he could handle. Goffin, ranked No. 12 in the world, will next play 22nd seed Albert Ramos -Vinolas of Spain in the third round. The Belgian broke Khachanov to open the match on a hot desert afternoon, but was broken back in the fourth game to level things at 2-2. Khachanov would break again for a 4-2 lead, but the tenacious Goffin fought back with breaks in the seventh and ninth games and then saved two break points in the 10th to take the opening set. The Russian, after saving four break points in the first game of the second set, pulled himself together and held serve with ease the rest of the set. His break of Goffin’s serve in the fourth game was all he needed to even the match at a set apiece. Both held serve through the first four games of the third set, before Khachanov captured what looked to be a decisive break in the fifth game. Goffin had gallantly fought off four break points in the game but succumbed on the fifth and things looked ominous for the Belgian. The dogged Goffin dug in once more, broke in the ensuing game and again in the eighth before serving it out. Khachanov had nine aces to four for Goffin and won 78 percent of his first serves. Goffin won 68 percent of his first deliveries, but topped the Russian on second serves, winning 50 percent of the points to 33 percent for Khachanov. Goffin saved seven of 11 break points, Khachanov nine of 14.

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