Goffin wins hard-fought three-setter against Bailly

In a very exciting Belgian clash, David Goffin (ATP-58) has come out on  top against Gilles-Arnaud Bailly (ATP-1185). Goffin won in three sets. Xavier Malisse pounced in the  doubles. 

Gilles-Arnaud Bailly started the match against his ‘dream draw’ Goffin. Bailly twice went through  Goffin’s serve, but the latter managed to reverse the deficit each time. In the tenth game, Goffin shifted  up a gear, getting two set points on Bailly’s serve but in vain. In an exciting tiebreak, Bailly let a set  point slip, Goffin took full advantage: 7-6(7). 

In the second set, Goffin went straight through Bailly’s serve. Both players kept each other in balance,  but it was Bailly who did the forcing and went through Goffin’s serve 5-7. The third set remained very  exciting, but Goffin let his experience speak for itself and the first match point was immediately the  right one: 6-4. The match lasted a whopping 3 hours and 11 minutes. 

Xavier Malisse bumped through to the next round in doubles. On Diego Schwartzman’s side, a tiebreak  in the first set brought the decision against Klaasen/Melo: 6-7(4). In the second set, things were more  difficult: the Belgian-Argentine duo edged a 4-2 deficit to 5-7. 

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