David Goffin looks like a boy in a sport increasingly populated by older men. But he is in elite, experienced company now in the round of 16 of the French Open.
Goffin, a slender 21-year-old Belgian, lost in the qualifying tournament, but he received a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and has advanced further than any men’s lucky loser in this tournament in 34 years.
“He’s like a young Andre Agassi; he takes the ball so early; he’s like a little genius,” said Wojtek Fibak, the former coach, after watching Goffin defeat (and frustrate) the Polish veteran Lukasz Kubot, 7-6, 7-5, 6-1.
In his first Grand Slam tournament, Goffin will face