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Belgian David Goffin endures painful defeat against Briton Cam Norrie in Wimbledon quarters
As British No 1 Cameron Norrie celebrates pulling off the most important victory his career, Belgium’s David Goffin is no doubt reflecting on the missed opportunities that peppered the grand slam quarter-final.
His defeat in the five-set Wimbledon nailbiter (3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5) after a two sets to one lead will have been painful. Throughout most of the match, the 31-year-old from Liège called on all of his experience and masterful racket control to flip a nervy Norrie from one side of the court to the other.
Goffin remained largely composed throughout the epic tussle, although the Briton dug deep, drawing inspiration from the rapturous home crowd packed into the No 1 court.
Norrie doggedly fought on with the roar of spectators surely intimidating Goffin at key points in the final sets as the latter missed chances to confirm his dominating play. Slowly, he relinquished his earlier calm control.
When the 26-year-old ninth seed served out the match, the Belgian’s dream of making his first grand slam semi-final were finally dashed.
Goffin may have a world ranking of 58, but he’s a former top 10 player who’s suffered a troubled few years battling injury. His Wimbledon journey was a bittersweet reminder of his expertise, not only on grass.
Meanwhile, Norrie marches on to face champion and number one seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Photo: David Goffin (left) shakes hands with Cameron Norrie after Wimbledon quarter-final © Belga/Benoît Doppagne