In their first meeting, David Goffin and Zizo Burgess did not concede to each other in the first set.
Just under an hour later, Burgess won the tiebreak (overcoming a 3-5 deficit) after both players did not allow a single break point.
In the second set, there were sudden breaks and Burgess had the upper hand by 2-0 and 3-1, but after that the Belgian No. 2 lost 5 games in a row.
In the deciding set, Burgess again finished 3-1 and 4-2, but the medical timeout did not bode well.
Defending champion Goffin took over and moved from 4-2 to 4-5.
Burgess did not simply give up, but Goffin's second game ball was correct: 7-6, 3-6, 5-7 after almost two hours and 40 minutes.
“This win is good,” the Belgian number one admitted afterwards during a press moment. “But it was not an easy match.”
“In the first set, I was leading in the tie-break and did not face many problems, but suddenly I wasted some points and lost the set.”
“In the second set I was able to control the exchanges and go side by side. In the third set it was more difficult again because of the break, but I had a feeling that this match would still be in my favor and it happened.”
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