“This is the kind of game I needed at the start of the clay-court season,” said the Liege native. “It was a typical clay court game, with breaks at the serve to win sets,” Goffin said after his win. “I could even serve to win all three sets, but he came back. This is the kind of game I needed at the start of the clay-court season. So I’m happy.”

“I’m also happy with the way I was able to keep my composure, especially after losing the first set,” he continued. “I stayed positive, tried my best, and eventually I managed to turn the game around. I am very happy with two wins in a row. I have an extra game tomorrow and that is very good for my first clay tournament.”

The 31-year-old from Liège will meet Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena (ATP 79) in the quarterfinals. In his second round, he defeated the Portuguese Joao Sousa (ATP 90) in two sets (6-2 and 7-6 (7/4)). 

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