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By Chris Oddo | Thursday, July 31, 2014

David Goffin, July 2014

David Goffin completed a perfect July by winning two matches in Kitzbuhel on Thursday.

Photo Source: AFP

Belgium’s David Goffin had been a rudderless ship for much of 2014. The road back from a 2013 wrist surgery had been cumbersome, with tour-level victories hard to come by.

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After his loss to Andy Murray at Wimbledon, Goffin dropped to 3-11 for the season, so he headed to the challenger tour to continue to hone his game.

One month later, the 23-year-old has concluded an undefeated month by earning his first career ATP semifinal in Kitzbuhel after winning two matches in one day.

For a man who has won 18 consecutive matches without the loss of a set in July, why should winning two matches in one day—including one against top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber—be a problem? Apparently it wasn’t.

Goffin, who won Challenger-level events in Sheveningen, Holland, Poznan, Poland and Tampere, Finland without dropping a single set, has marched into the Bet-at-Home Cup semis in Kitzbuhel, Austria by winning all six sets he has played.

Today, Goffin took down top-seeded Kohlschreiber for his first top 25 scalp of the season (he had been 0-4 vs. the top 25), then followed that win up with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Italy's Paolo Lorenzi in 68 minutes.

Goffin will play qualifier Maximo Gonzalez for a spot in his first ATP final on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Kitzbuhel, Dominic Thiem reached the quarterfinals with a win over Jiri Vesely, 6-3, 7-6(3), while Juan Monaco and Marcel Granollers also reached the quarterfinals. Thiem will face Granollers on Friday, and Monacao will face Andreas Seppi, who moved through to the quarterfinals with a walkover.

The winners will play their semifinal on Friday as well, as rain has forced a mad scramble to the finish in Kitzbuhel.


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