David Goffin was eliminated in the first round of the US Open, fourth and final Grand Slam, Tuesday in New York. The Liégeois, 30th in the world and seeded N.27, lost in three sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 in 2:07 on court N.5 against the American Mackenzie McDonald (ATP 61). After a balanced start to the match, Goffin, 30, lost four games in a row at 2-2 and had to leave the win of the first set to his opponent (6-2).
The native of Rocourt recovered early in the second set by winning a break point to lead 2-1 but McDonald signed the counter-break in stride. Led 6-5, Goffin was to be used to snatch the decisive game but conceded a new break, the fourth of the match, to offer the second set to the American.
In the third set, the Liege conceded his fifth break of the match at 4-3 for McDonald’s. In the process, the American, very precise on his first balls with 14 aces in total, did not miss the opportunity to win 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.
Goffin, who was never further than the round of 16 in New York, had experienced a complicated preparation for the US Open after an elimination in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. Embarrassed by knee pain, he had withdrawn from the Winston-Salem tournament, the last preparatory tournament before the US Open.
In the second round, McDonald will face the Italian Salvatore Caruso (ATP 113) or the Japanese Kei Nishikori (ATP 56).
Goffin was the only Belgian in the men’s final table. On the women’s side, Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 58) will challenge Spain’s Paula Badosa (WTA 26 / N.24) and Greet Minnen (WTA 104), drafted as a lucky loser, will face Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska (WTA 37) Tuesday.
On Monday, Elise Mertens qualified for the second round after her victory against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson (WTA 59) in three sets and 3:34 hours of play (3.6, 7-6, 7-6).