Marrakesh | Goffin rediscovers his game

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Belgian David Goffin found form in Marrakech at the “Grand Prix Hassan II” 250 tournament where he reached the final of an event for the first time this season and his first since February 2021.

He is left-handed so he uses his left-handed game very well on clay, especially two days ago against Félix, he played well. So he’s a tough opponent. David Goffin

A former world No. 7 was happy with his performances during the week but admitted his wins had been exhausting so he was delighted to pass his semi-final against Federico Coria of Argentina, 6-3 6-3, after being tested in two long three sets in his previous two matches, recovering from a set down to defeat Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in the quarter-finals 6-7(6) 6-4 6-0.

“It was a short match, so it’s good because the last two matches lasted more than two hours and thirty minutes,” Goffin commented on the ATP website.

“It wasn’t easy. At the beginning I was a bit nervous. The energy was a bit down, so I had to push myself to play better, to come back, to go back.

“After that I started to feel more relaxed and my ball quality was better and then I started playing really well at the end of the first set.”

Coria took an early 2-0 lead but Goffin recovered claiming breaks in the third, seventh and ninth games and won the first set. Goffin then claimed just one break in the eighth game, which was enough for him to win the second set and the match.

“I managed to manage my emotions at the end to finish the match so I’m happy to play another final, especially here, the first tournament on clay,” added Goffin. “I will give everything tomorrow.”

Goffin faces Slovak Alex Molcan in the final. “He’s a great fighter, he moves so well,” Goffin said of his latest opponent. “He is left-handed so he uses his left-handed game very well on clay, especially two days ago against Félix, he played well. So he’s a tough opponent.

Molcan beat Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the semi-final 6-1 7-5 and earlier in the week knocked out top seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and sixth-seeded Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp in the quarters.

The only Briton in action on the circuit this week, Dan Evans, seeded 2, suffered an early loss to Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

Alex Molcan knocked down two seeds in his race to the final

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