Former runner-up David Goffin begins his ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament campaign in Rotterdam against wildcard Robin Haase on Wednesday.
David Goffin ?? vs Robin Haase ?? Match Info
Date: Wednesday February 12
Tournament: ATP Rotterdam 500, R1
Court: Centre Court
Time: 12.30pm local time (11.30am GMT)
David Goffin vs Robin Haase Head-to-Head
Goffin leads 6-1
2018 | US Open R64 | Goffin 6-2 6-7(1) 6-3 6-2
2018 | French Open R128 | Goffin 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-0
2018 | Madrid R32 | Goffin 7-5 6-3
2017 | Gstaad QF | Haase 7-5 6-1
2017 | Rotterdam R16 | Goffin 5-7 6-4 6-4
2017 | Doha R32 | Goffin 7-6(4) 6-2
2013 | Miami R128 | 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1
David Goffin vs Robin Haase Match Preview
Goffin, seeded fourth this week in Rotterdam, goes in search of his seventh win over Haase, who has dropped outside the world’s top 150 and needed a wildcard to play his home tournament.
Rotterdam has been a place of highs and lows for Goffin over the last few years – he beat the likes of Haase and Grigor Dimitrov to make the final in 2017, where he lost in three sets to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while he suffered a freak eye injury in 2018 against Dimitrov in the semi-finals which caused him to miss months of action and totally derailed the momentum he had built up from his career-best year the previous season.
The Belgian ended 2017 at No. 7 in the world after finishing runner-up at the Nitto ATP Finals, defeating No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Federer along the way before falling to Dimitrov. Goffin won 59 matches that season and captured two ATP titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo, while he also advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and led Belgium to the Davis Cup final.
However, Goffin hasn’t been able to get back to that form – at least not consistently – over the last couple of seasons, although he did make the Cincinnati Masters final, Wimbledon quarter-finals and U.S. Open fourth round last year. In fact, somewhat quietly, Goffin has clawed his way back into the top 10 after a solid start to 2020 in which he beat Nadal at the ATP Cup, made the Australian Open third round and the semi-finals of Montpellier last week. Can he keep his consistent season going in Rotterdam this week?
Haase stands in his way. The 32-year-old is playing in Rotterdam for the 12th time in his career, with his best results coming in 2008 – where he beat Andy Murray – and 2018 when he made the quarter-finals, losing to Roger Federer in three sets at the latter. Haase lost to Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets in the opening round of last year’s tournament.
The Dutchman was ranked as high as No. 33 in the world after winning his second Kitzbuhel title in 2012, but after finishing nine straight seasons in the top 100 from 2010-18, he dropped out of that bracket after a disappointing season in 2019. Haase failed to make a single tour-level quarter-final, registering a 15-18 record for the season, with his ranking dropping outside the top 150, which is his lowest mark since 2010. A Masters 1000 semi-finalist in Canada in 2017, Haase – who has since fallen to No. 167 in the world – was forced to start 2020 on the Challenger Tour, but he did have some success, reaching the final in Bangkok before he was forced to retire in the third set. Haase’s last tournament before Rotterdam resulted in a qualifying loss in Pune to World No. 148 Nikola Milojevic.
David Goffin vs Robin Haase Prediction
Haase is certainly far from his best at the moment and his last two events have seen him retire in a final and lose to a player well outside the top 100 in qualifying. Not the sort of form you want to bring to a star-studded ATP 500 event. Playing at home might help, but this is a match Goffin – who has already beaten Haase six times before – should be winning comfortably.