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David Goffin vs Radu Albot ATP Gstaad Live Stream: Goffin opens Gstaad bid against Albot

Brendan O'Neill in Tennis 26 Jul 2017
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David Goffin continues his comeback from an ankle injury in Gstaad, where he opens against Moldovan, Radu Albot on Wednesday.

David Goffin vs Radu Albot J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad tennis is live from Gstaad on Wednesday, 26 July from 5:00pm local time/ 4:00pm BSTWatch and bet on tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis

Goffin had been one of the form players on clay, arguably the third best behind Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, before a nasty fall in the third round at Roland Garros stopped him in his strides. He had reached the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, and the quarter finals in Madrid- stopped by Nadal in both tournaments- but he was cruelly deprived a chance of a deep run in Paris by that unfortunate fall while chasing a lob to the back of the court against Horacio Zeballos.

Even before his exploits on clay, the Belgian had put together a fine hard court season, highlighted by finals in Sofia and Rotterdam and a quarter final at the Australian Open. Goffin’s consistency was rewarded with a spot in the top ten, but he has since slipped out of that elite group as a result of his recent inactivity.

He missed the entire grass court season, but made his return last week in Umag, where he reached the quarter finals. Having received a bye into the second round, Goffin scored a three-set win over Hungarian, Attila Balazs, but the rusty Belgian fell in straight sets to Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in the quarter finals. 

Now that he has got his first tournament back out of the way, can he make a deeper run in Gstaad this week?

Goffin is making his second appearance at the tournament- returning for the first time after his runner-up finish in his debut appearance in 2015 (when he lost to Dominic Thiem).

“I'm happy to be back in Gstaad,” Goffin said about his return. “I'm trying to find my form and want to play as many matches as possible to get back to my level. It's important to be back in competition.”

His first task in the Swiss city will be to take down Moldovan, Radu Albot.

The 27-year-old Albot has picked up some decent wins in recent weeks, in a way making up for a slow start to the season. He won just the one main draw match during the hard court season, suffering first round losses in Chennai, the Australian Open, Memphis, Delray Beach, Indian Wells and Miami.

The transition to clay wasn’t any better- he actually won his first match on the surface against Nicolas Almagro in Marakkech, but then went on a run of four straight losses, falling at the first hurdles in Barcelona, Lyon and Roland Garros. Albot had some respite on the Challenger Tour, reaching the semi-finals in Caltanissetta and the quarter finals in Prostejov.

That ushered in a decent grass court campaign, relative to his results on hard and clay courts. He started with a quarter final run in Antalya, where he scored wins over Joao Sousa and Paolo Lorenzi before losing to Andreas Seppi. He also managed a win at Wimbledon, beating Facundo Bagnis in the first round before losing in four sets to American Steve Johnson.

Albot’s second coming on clay this season has been better that the first. He reached the quarter finals in the Braunchsweig Challenger, made the second round in Umag last week, and is back in the second round in Gstaad following a fine three set victory over Mikhail Youzhny in the opening round.

Albot competed very well in his only previous meeting with Goffin, dragging the Belgian to three sets in the second round in Sofia earlier this season.

Along with a decent recent form, that should give the Moldovan plenty of confidence heading into Wednesday’s encounter against an opponent who may not be firing at 100%.

However, Goffin remains the firm favourite to progress. He has felt his way back on the tour in Umag, and should be operating at a much higher level in Gstaad this week.

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