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David Goffin vs Yuichi Sugita ATP Montreal Live Stream: Goffin looks to get going again after ankle injury

Brendan O'Neill in Tennis 8 Aug 2017
David Goffin (Photo by Portraits TK)

David Goffin continues his comeback from ankle injury on Tuesday when he takes on Japanese, Yuichi Sugita in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

David Goffin vs Yuichi Sugita ATP Rogers Cup tennis is live from Montreal on Tuesday, 8 August from 2:00pm local time/ 7:00pm BST Watch and bet on tennis live from Montreal at bet365 > live streaming > tennis



Goffin has not really got going since returning from the ankle injury that pushed him out of Roland Garros. After missing the entirety of the grass court season, the Belgian attempted to ease his way back onto the tour with the brief stoppage on clay between the grass and hard court seasons. The 26-year old got a few matches under his belt, compiling a 2-2 record between Umag and Gstaad while losing in the quarter finals of both ATP 250 tournaments.

A fit and firing Goffin would certainly have expected to go a lot further than the last eight, just like he had done at more prestigious clay court meets before his unfortunate fall at Roland Garros. He reached the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, famously beating former champion, Novak Djokovic before losing to Rafael Nadal; he also made the quarter finals in Madrid, again stopped by that man Nadal (Goffin had played a great first set, only to lose it on a tie break). Those two results had set him up as one of the dark horses at the French Open (even though no one was realistically going to deny Nadal that title), but his tournament ended in the third round when he took a nasty tumble while chasing a Horacio Zeballos lob to the back of the court, damaging his ankle in the process.

Goffin’s good work in 2017 has not only been restricted to clay, he had also put together a decent hard court season, particularly indoors, where he made successive finals in Sofia and Rotterdam, after reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Open. He couldn’t quite reproduce that form in North America as he suffered Round of 16 defeats in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami. Can Goffin enjoy better fortunes as he returns to North America for the US Open Series?

Evidence on ground suggests he may struggle to make a significant push in Montreal. He has never gone beyond the third round of the Rogers Cup, and coupled with his recent injury and subsequent lack of form, Goffin could make another early exit from Canada- not necessarily after his opening match against Yuichi Sugita on Tuesday.

It’s been a fine season for Sugita, who has merged success on the Challenger Tour with decent runs at ATP tournaments. Sugita has picked up Challenger titles in Yokohama, Shenzhen and Surbiton in 2017, but he has also made his presence felt on the ATP Tour. His first significant move was in Barcelona, where he sneaked into the main draw as a lucky loser before taking down the accomplished clay-court trio of Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet and Pablo Carreno-Busta. His run was eventually stopped by Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals. Sugita did not win any other match on clay after that, losing in the opening rounds in Estoril and Roland Garros.

The Japanese enjoyed more success on grass, first picking up the Challenger title in Surbiton before winning his first ATP trophy in Antalya, scoring notable victories over David Ferrer, Marcos Baghdatis and Adrian Mannarino. He won his first ever main draw Grand Slam match at Wimbledon, dismissing Brydan Klein in straight sets, but he suffered a five set loss to Mannarino in the second round, the Frenchman getting his revenge for his Antalya loss. 

Sugita began the year ranked outside the top 100, but he has steadily climbed the rankings through the course of the season, and now boasts a top 50 spot. However, for all his good work, it is striking to note that he is yet to play a main draw hard court match this season. The closest he came was at the Australian Open, where he fell in the second round of qualifying. (Sugita has played and won tournaments on hard courts on the Challenger Tour this season).

Goffin and Sugita have never met on the ATP Tour, but they did face off in a Challenger event at Le Gosier back in 2012. Goffin was a 6-2 6-0 victor on that occasion. It is highly unlikely that this latest meeting will be that lopsided, but Goffin should still be too good for Sugita. The Belgian has already played two tournaments since his return from ankle injury, and he should be close enough to match fitness to cut short the ambitions of his Japanese rival on Tuesday.

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